Rodney O'Brien

Kaurna Cultural Advisor at the University of Adelaide

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A proud member of the Kaurna and Adelaide Aboriginal community, Rodney O’Brien is passionate about sharing his knowledge, experiences and language with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike.

As Kaurna Cultural Advisor at the University of Adelaide, Rod provides cultural support to young Aboriginal people, drawing on his firsthand experience of the difficulties Indigenous students can face in a predominantly Western society. He also provides cultural awareness for non-Indigenous students and staff to enable them to contribute more meaningfully towards reconciliation. 

Rod creates a welcoming and non-judgemental space that nurtures engagement with Aboriginal history, language and culture. He has played a vital role in the development of the university’s recently launched Kaurna Learning Circle. Rod has also advocated for the uptake of Kaurna language and Welcome to or Acknowledgement of Country as standard university practice.

Rod dedicates his free time to several committees, including the Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi Aboriginal Corporation, Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation, and Kura Yerlo Inc.