Adriane Houghton, 2nd year MD student and mother of two primary school children, has been recruited by Rural Health West to become its first Aboriginal ambassador. Adriane began studying at UWA in 2002 in the Aboriginal Orientation Course and continued onto the Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography and Chemistry graduating in 2006 and then onto employment with Woodside Energy in Karratha.
A new exhibition at The University of Western Australia’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery will explore the life and legacy of Ngarinyin Lawman, Elder and artist Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai, OAM (c.1925-1997).
More than 30 Indigenous Year 12 students from across WA are attending a leadership seminar at The University of Western Australia this week, which aims to encourage them to aspire to a tertiary education and learn about the opportunities available at UWA.
University Hall (UniHall) is proud of its connections with Indigenous Australia and excited by the opportunity for postgraduate residents’ to display an original piece of Indigenous artwork in their apartments.
Art Collector Dr Jo Lagerberg and Professor Ted Snell, Director Cultural Precinct, have been working with UniHall to bring together a collection of Indigenous art for residents to loan.
Ellie Moir, 2nd year Science student at UWA not only won the Young Carers Award for WA in November 2015, but in late February won the National Young Carers Award which was presented by Hon Christian Porter, Minister for Social Services. The three National Carers awards have been developed to recognise and raise the understanding of the impact that carers such as Ellie have on the people they support. This is just one of a number of awards Ellie has won – in 2012 she won the NAIDOC Carers’ award.
Horace Hill and Ashley Marino represented the School of Indigenous Studies and UWA at the 6th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Hong Kong in 2015. This Symposium is held annually in a developing country in the Asia Pacific region to discuss, learn and talk about human rights. 850 students attended the symposium representing about 56 different countries including USA, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Indonesia, UK, France, Austria, Germany and Australia.
A project led by Dr Mark Waters from UWA to find new ways to improve crop productivity and one by UWA’s Professor Alistair Paterson to help preserve the heritage of the state’s north-west are winners in the latest round of funding grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC).
A leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention body has warned that Christmas is a susceptible time for both young and old in the community who may struggle with expectations of the festive holiday period.
Ashley Marino is ever grateful for her time spent in The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s, Follow the Dream program. Starting in the program as a primary school student, she’s now studying a Bachelor of Science at UWA and living on campus at University Hall.
Staff and students from The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies have made a surprise discovery on an excursion to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), uncovering a rare nineteenth century glass spearhead.
Graduate Aurora Milroy, from The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies, is one of three Australians to receive a prestigious 2015 UK Chevening/Charlie Perkins Scholarship, to complete a Masters degree at Oxford University.
Indigenous Health is not usually synonymous with good news, but a reception at UWA this week showed that generosity, collaboration and research is a winning formula in promoting Healthy Minds and Healthy Lives for Indigenous peoples in Australia.
At the recent NAIDOC Awards Night, UWA Graduate, Dr Gemma Johnston was awarded Tertiary Scholar of the Year for 2015. Gemma graduated from the University of Western Australia in March 2015 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. She is currently an intern at Fiona Stanley Hospital and is one of the first Torres Strait Islander doctors to qualify in Western Australia.
A rock shelter in the Weld Range provides evidence of the oldest human occupation in the Mid-West region of Western Australia, a research project partnered between The University of Western Australia and Wajarri Traditional Owners has discovered.
Tiffany Garvie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and Classics and Ancient History in March 2007. Tiffany is currently the Education and Community Projects Project Officer at Melbourne’s Museum Victoria where she has been for four years. Apart from writing poetry and songs, she has also been a breakfast broadcaster and journalist at 6AR Noongar Radio, 4AAA Murri Country in Brisbane and ABC Radio Breakfast Presenter in Orange.
With a non-Indigenous father and a mother of the Kungarakan and Yanyuwa peoples of the Northern Territory, Paulina Motlop understands the benefits of having different ‘world views’.
And the relatively new Assistant Professor in the School of Indigenous Studies (SIS), in her role in the Faculty of Education, is hoping to help student teachers consider the particular strengths and qualities of Aboriginal children they might one day encounter in their classrooms.
Six hundred UWA undergraduate students are enrolled in the School of Indigenous Studies’ Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard unit this semester, an increase of 140 per cent from the previous year.
The unit, which examines contested Australian history from Indigenous perspectives, has been running for six years and continues to increase in popularity.
Vinka Barunga is a fifth-year UWA medical student. She is currently on a 12-month placement in Derby where she divides her time between UWA’s Derby Rural Clinical School and the Derby Aboriginal Health Service.