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Julia Gillard delivers the JCPML Anniversary Lecture

By Curtin Library 12 July 2017 News & events Comments Off on Julia Gillard delivers the JCPML Anniversary Lecture

Former Prime Minister the Honourable Julia Gillard AC delivered the 2017 John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Anniversary Lecture to an audience of over 1200 attendees at Curtin Stadium.

The lecture was held on Wednesday 28 June 2017 and was titled ‘Great reform requires courage’. It acknowledged Prime Minister John Curtin’s mental health struggles and the work done by today’s governments and non-profit organisations on mental health stigma and enabling care. A video recording and transcript of the lecture is available via the JCPML website.

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Photography: Alana Blowfield

Ms Gillard became the JCPML Patron in January 2015, a position traditionally held by a former Labor Prime Minister. She was recently appointed the Chair of mental health advocacy organisation beyondblue.

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Photography: Alana Blowfield

University Librarian and Director, JCPML Catherine Clark praised the lecture as a great success. “Ms Gillard’s lecture gave a fascinating insight into John Curtin’s battles with mental health throughout his life. It provided a great opportunity to celebrate his achievements, and to acknowledge more recent and continuing efforts to support people with mental health conditions.  It was a privilege for the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library to host Ms Gillard for this event”.

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Photography: Alana Blowfield

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