An evening with Susan Moylan-Coombs
Truly understanding what diversity is about and how ‘difference’ can have a mutual value of exchange between people, communities, schools, companies and Australian society can be a powerful catalyst for change.
As a First Australian Susan looks at life through a different lens she says a focus on the greater good leads to better outcomes for all society and starts by truly embracing and celebrating difference and doing it authentically not as a token gesture.
The Gaimaragal Group is a First Nations organisation that has been established to lead social change and create social impact by bringing together like minds and like spirits. It believe that the philosophies and teachings of Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the way of life that has sustained them for tens of thousands of years, is worth sharing, and that in doing so, a new story of connection and wellbeing for all Australians will be created. Gaimaragal Group’s aim is to facilitate the voice for the Elders in the contemporary social space, empower our youth to realise their full potential, and provide two-way cultural translation to bring individuals and communities togetherSusan Moylan-Coombs’ ancestry is from one of the oldest surviving living cultures on this planet. She is a Woolwonga Gurindji woman from the Northern Territory and was taken at birth from her mother and father, who were also removed as part of the former government policies; these children are today known as the Stolen Generations. Born Susan Calma she is related to the former Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tom Calma. At the age of 3 years, Susan was adopted by the eldest son of the iconic Australian public servant Dr H.C. “Nugget” Coombs and raised on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Gaimaragal country, as Susan Coombs. Susan has extensive experience working with First Nations communities nationally and internationally, with specific expertise in community consultation, empowerment and the facilitation of voice and storytelling. Susan previously held the positions of producer, director and executive producer, ABC’s Indigenous Programs Unit and Head of Production, NITV a division of SBS. She is currently the First Peoples Consultant on the feature film “Storm Boy” being shot in Adelaide.
Susan uses her expertise to work with mainstream organisations and communities in the provision of cultural competency and immersion sessions as well as social planning processes. She is one of the founding Board member of the PTSD Australia New Zealand (Fearless Outreach) organisation as well as many community committees in the Northern Sydney Region and Board member of NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.