Indigenous academic Professor Marcia Langton says protesting for better justice outcomes needs to continue, with a particular focus on states and territories.

Professor Langton used her Thea Astley Address at the Byron Writers Festival to highlight the need to keep pressure on Governments to fully adopt the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

She says while Governments may claim the Commission’s recommendations have been fully implemented, evidence shows they haven’t.

She says the performance of Governments has been appalling and we need to increase protests.

Professor Langton says a very significant proportion of Aboriginal deaths in custody are a result of police or correctional services officers failing in their duty of care, particularly the need to seek medical assistance.