9 February 2010: Father Frank Brennan, Jesuit priest and Professor of Law at Australian Catholic University (ACU), has been appointed an official advocate to raise awareness and drive change for the health and welfare of disadvantaged Australians.
Father Brennan will be the ‘Catholic Advocate in Residence’ for the St Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Health Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, and ACU’s Public Policy Institute.
The four organisations, with the help of Father Brennan, have committed to work together to improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged and marginalised by addressing issues that undermine their health and welfare.
These include childhood experiences, level of education, employment status, income and access to social support.
A passionate campaigner for social justice, Father Brennan spent many years working with Indigenous communities around Australia.
In 1995, he was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to Indigenous Australians and was named a Living National Treasure in 1998 for his work on the Wik native title debate.
Father Brennan has worked with refugees in East Timor and recently chaired the Government’s National Human Rights Consultation Committee.