ABSTRACT

Throughout her lifetime, Ellie Gaffney has been a strong advocate both within Australia and internationally of the interests and welfare of Torres Strait Islanders.

She has been particularly committed to advancing the rights of Indigenous women. Her interests have spanned a wide spectrum of concerns.

As an administrator, Ellie Gaffney played a significant part in the development of hostel accommodation and primary health care for all Torres Strait Islanders. Ellie's work in establishing the Mura Kosker Sorority as a platform for change is widely recognised.

At all times she has been an eloquent and determined presenter of the real situation of Torres Strait Islanders.

In recognition of her contribution to the Torres Strait and its people, Ellie was appointed a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

This memoir covers the period since the publication of her first book Somebody Now some twenty fours years ago. In doing so she shares with us and future generations her personal journey, a task she has undertaken at a time of failing health. It is a fitting reminder of the work and stature of a dedicated woman.

Readers of this manuscript will be inspired by Ellie Gaffney's efforts on behalf of Torres Strait Islanders and all Indigenous people.

chapter 1|6 pages

Joe McGinness: Dedication to a great man

chapter 2|4 pages

Social welfare

chapter 3|5 pages

Health and women’s issues

chapter 4|8 pages

Mura Kosker Sorority

chapter 5|5 pages

New directions in health

chapter 6|9 pages

Domestic violence

chapter 7|3 pages

Health services in the Torres Strait

chapter 8|5 pages

A new aged-care hostel

chapter 9|5 pages

More negotiations

chapter 10|3 pages

Child abuse

chapter 11|20 pages

Geneva

chapter 12|2 pages

Queen’s Birthday Honours List

chapter 13|6 pages

Mora Kosker Sorority, 1988 to 1995

chapter 14|3 pages

Ill health befalls

chapter 15|6 pages

Women’s mental health

chapter 16|3 pages

Women’s health: An ongoing issue

chapter 17|3 pages

Afterword