Order of Australia awarded to Indigenous Academic and Former Nurse: MaryAnn Bin-Sallik

"As an Indigenous teenager growing up in Darwin in the 1960s, the only expectation on me was to be a domestic servant, but I didn't want to do that," MaryAnn considers what life might have been like if it were not for her fascination with academia and her parents love and support. 

Throughout Her life, MaryAnn Bin-Sallik had always wanted to pursue something more than ordinary. It was the start of a life-long love of academics and nursing that began when her parents sent her to the boarding school to study and eventually become a nurse for over 17 years. 

Her love of academia continued on and MaryAnn tapped into that same passion of wanting more. Knowing that Her talents could help take others further, she realised her true passion when MaryAnn was able to graduate as the first Indigenous woman from Harvard University with a doctorate. 

"It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life, I always knew about Harvard because I learned about it at boarding school but knew in my mind that I couldn't get there … but I did".

We congratulate MaryAnn Bin-Sallik on all her hard work and contributions to Australia as a nurse and as an academic. We are delighted to celebrate her Order of Australia award.

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