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Co-chair of Aboriginal Veterans SA (AVSA), Frank Lampard OAM, has been recognised for his contributions to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across South Australia at the 2023 Premier’s NAIDOC Awards.

A proud Ngarrindjeri Kaurna man and elder, Frank Lampard was one of the thousands of Australians called up for national service during the Vietnam War. He trained as a medic in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps before being posted to Victoria.

Following his service, Frank had a successful career as a teacher, progressing to senior roles in the public sector including the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement.

He also worked as Executive Director of the Aboriginal Prisoners and Offenders Support Service for a decade, was an active member of the Veterans Advisory Council from 2017 – 2022, and is currently actively involved with AVSA.

He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008 for his contributions to the Aboriginal communities.

Premier Peter Malinauskas announced Frank and NAIDOC SA Ambassador, Eunice Aston, as dual recipients of this year’s Premier’s NAIDOC Awards at a ceremony on 3 July.

Premier Malinauskas said the awards honour the achievements of Aboriginal South Australians who are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.

“Both Eunice Aston and Frank Lampard have shown an incredible level of dedication to their communities, working tirelessly to improve the quality of life and supports available to Aboriginal people living in South Australia,” said Premier Malinauskas.

“On behalf of all Australians, I commend them for their efforts, and thank them for their ongoing work.”

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Kyam Maher MLC congratulated the pair for their recognition of service to their communities.

“Both Eunice and Frank have contributed decades of their lives to improving the wellbeing of Aboriginal South Australians,” said Minister Maher.

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Listen to Frank Lampard OAM talking about his service on the ‘For Kin and Country Yarns’ podcast