# 41 – Aboriginal Affairs with Dr Anthony Dillon

Dr Anthony Dillon is a post doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney Australia.  He is actively involved in research into the areas of mental health and Aboriginal well-being, and lectures university students and different community groups on Aboriginal issues.

Originally from Queensland, Anthony holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a Master’s degree in adult education, and a PhD in psychology from the University of Western Sydney.  He is currently completing his Master’s of Clinical Psychology.

Anthony is proud of both his Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ancestry and is an active social commentator on Aboriginal issues.  He has had several thought provoking articles published in The Australian Newspaper, The Conversation, and ABC Drum online.  He has featured as a guest on ABC radio’s Counterpoint withAmanda Vanstone, Sky News and SBS.

Anthony believes that Aboriginal affairs is everyone’s business and that for as long as Aboriginal people are diminished, Australia is diminished. He further believes that political correctness is killing Aboriginal people as fast as drugs and alcohol. His writings can be found at www.anthonydillon.com.au

Suggested Resources

Check out Anthony's website here for videos, blogs and other great resources! www.anthonydillon.com.au


Please leave Anthony or myself a comment or some feedback, we’d love to hear from you and I’ll respond to everyone!

Amy Felman


  1. geoff ferguson on March 2, 2017 at 10:04 am

    psychology which re-enforces separation sickness is an unbalanced theoretical position, and is not particularly useful for consellors, as dillon postulates …

    consider contributions which build understanding of aboriginal culturally cored health and healing ..

    there ARE reasons why aboriginal people differ from dillon ……………………

    thank you for the interview .. revealing .. yuk .. spit it out

    • Amy Felman on March 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Hi Geoff,

      Thanks for your comment and sharing your opinions. I will pass this on to Anthony, and he will provide you with a response.
      I agree, even that that which we disagree with can be revealing.


      • Anthony on March 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm

        Thanks for your response Geoff. I am uncertain as to your points, so I will have to think about them. But if you can clarify, I may be able to give a response.

  2. Debra Fernando on September 8, 2017 at 5:43 pm


    Racism is not a myth. I have lived and experienced it. I was called for Black C every week for 10 months whilst at university in 2016, I reported it and no one wanted to listen. No one would stop it. I had to put up with it. I went to the counselor and my counselor told me to “if I continue to cry racism no one would listen” I was distressed because I could not believe what was happening to me. I was also told over the same period that all Aboriginal people are mentally ill. So Racism is not a myth. It is real and I live with it. I have now just about completed my honors in psychology so racism has not held me back. Its put more stress on doing every assessment. He has no evidence to support what he is talking about. Cultural differences are very important and they do exist

    • Amy Felman on September 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Deb,

      Thanks for you comment. I’ve passed it on to Anthony and he will respond.



    • Anthony on September 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Debra. I don’t believe I’ve ever said racism is a myth. It is real. I do believe however, that far too many are making claims that some word, event, or action is racist when in fact they are not racist at all. I am regularly called worse things than ‘Black C’. It does not worry me. Why should I let other people’s opinions of me be more important to me than my opinion of me? I’m glad to hear that you have nearly completed your honors. Big congrats.

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