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Aboriginal health advocate wins Australia Day Award


A highly respected seventy-year-old Narunga woman from Port Pirie, Lucy Evans, has won the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award for 2013.
Ms Evans was announced as this year's winner by Minister for the Status of Women, Gail Gago, as part of the 2013 Australia Day Awards ceremony held at Government House tonight.
Minister Gago said that the award, now in its third year, recognises the outstanding contribution that women make to the community.
"Ms Evans has been actively involved in Aboriginal health in the region for over a decade and has been instrumental in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people," she said.
"As Chairperson of the Aboriginal Community Centre for eight years, and as a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Ms Evans, in conjunction with other members, successfully developed and implemented the Mid North Health Plan in 2006.
"This Plan continues to form the basis for health services to the Aboriginal community. "Ms Evans also serves on the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and the South Australian Native Title Service and is a volunteer with the Victim Support Service in the Mid-North.
"This outstanding community service was provided by Ms Evans while also caring for her terminally ill husband, making her contribution extraordinary.
"As in previous years, we received many nominations from across metropolitan and rural South Australia, highlighting the many women who make valuable contributions to our community and who deserve recognition."
The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award is named after artwork which forms part of the Art Gallery of South Australia's collection by internationally recognised South Australian artist, Ann Newmarch.
Minister Gago acknowledges the Governor for hosting the awards ceremony at Government House and for his continued support for the initiative.
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