Pat Turner has spent decades at the forefront of policy innovation and change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
As CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Pat is also a leader in rural and remote health, and agreed to speak to the National Rural Health Alliance for NAIDOC Week.
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have held our families and communities together", Pat Turner told the Alliance's Di Martin.
"I want to pay tribute to our grandmothers for their law, for their knowledge, for their language, for their song, for their dance and for their ceremonies because they are the ones who have allowed us to retain our identity."
NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. This year the week began Sunday 8 July and runs to Sunday 15 July.
The theme of NAIDOC 2018 is Because of Her, We Can! celebrating the essential role that Indigenous women have played, and continue to play, in Australian life.
You can hear Pat Turner speaking about women as the backbone of Aboriginal life in her interview with Di Martin below.