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School of Indigenous Studies

Why did the penguin cross the road? To get to Rockingham

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A new road in the City of Rockingham has been given a Noongar name, thanks to consultations between the City and The University of Western Australia's Professor Leonard Collard.

Indigenous students aim for top marks, top jobs

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Law, medicine, education, sports science - these are just some of the careers in the sights of 26 year 11 and 12 Indigenous students who are giving up part of their school holidays to come to The University of Western Australia for a WACE revision camp starting on Sunday and ending on Friday 18 July.

Bryce Bevan with horse Eiffel

Indigenous student tops in sport of kings

Friday, 4 July 2014

A young Albany Indigenous man who recently completed his Honours at The University of Western Australia is about to embark on a scholarship that will enable him to be part of the international thoroughbred industry.

Kimberley Cup - water rocket activity

UWA engineering students on tour in Broome

Thursday, 3 July 2014

A team of 12 engineering student ambassadors from The University of Western Australia's Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics touched down in Broome last week to take part in the Kimberley Cup, an annual school sporting carnival coordinated by Broome Senior High School.

Better fun than being on holiday for Indigenous kids keen on science

Thursday, 3 July 2014

School holidays? What school holidays?

Fifty Indigenous students in Years 9 and 10 will be having a different kind of fun when school breaks up at the end of the week - including learning about designing a world championship-winning racing car, launching rockets, extracting DNA from strawberries, experimenting with liquid nitrogen, making moulds of teeth and challenging their sporting abilities.

Dancers are Yilin Kong and Kenny Johnson, Photo by Dana Weeks

Ochre bridges the gap through dance

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

There is a lot of talk about ‘bridging the gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and usually it is in the context of addressing the imbalance in health and life-expectancy.

Houghton Prize

Indigenous prizewinner in Education

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Clair Halls graduated in March this year but was recognised recently at the Faculty of Education 2014 Prize giving ceremony. Originally from New South Wales, Clair transferred her studies to UWA from the University of Sydney, enrolling in the combined Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education.  

Clair excelled in her Arts majors in English and the Classics. However the Bertha Houghton Prize was awarded to Clair as the student who achieved the highest academic results overall in the Bachelor of Education component of a combined course.  

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Summit to address unacceptably high rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide

Friday, 20 June 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are dying at twice the rate of other Australians from suicide, and among younger age groups the rate can be six times higher. In some communities, suicide clusters involving up to 20-plus deaths in a short time-frame take a terrible toll not only in terms of wasted lives, but also devastate communities and those left behind. Professor Pat Dudgeon, from The University of Western Australian's School of Indigenous Studies and a summit convenor said: "It's time that this terrible ‘gap' is closed, once and for all."

Vinka Cummins-Barunga – Credit to NAIDOC Perth and photographer Eva Fernandez

NAIDOC celebration of impressive Indigenous UWA women

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Two Indigenous students from The University of Western Australia were among 10 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women named as finalists in the 2014 Miss NAIDOC Perth awards.

Murujuga  group

Dampier's Murujuga community land and sea representatives say thank you

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Members of the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation travelled to The University of Western Australia recently to thank the University for its participation in the repatriation component of their Cultural Management Plan.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique AM, FTSE

UWA links to finalists in West Australian of the Year Awards

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Graduates, staff members and students from The University of Western Australia have been recognised as finalists in this year's Western Australian of the Year Awards, which will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday 30 May at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Aurora Milroy, Sarah Dunne and Angela Crombie

Indigenous Law students win prizes

Friday, 16 May 2014

Four Indigenous students received awards at the recent Faculty of Law Awards Ceremony at the University Club.  

Aurora Milroy was awarded the Faculty of Law prize in Advanced Evidence and Proof, Angela Crombie and Kelsi Forrest shared the Dr Dorothy and Dr Robert Collin Prizes for the Indigenous students obtaining the highest academic achievement in Law while Sarah Dunne received the Ashurst Prize for the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies.  

Marnda at UWA

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Last week, WASAC (Western Australian Student Aboriginal Corporation) celebrated MARNDA on campus. This was a four day program commencing with a Welcome, food and cultural activities such as didgeridoo playing and basket weaving on Oak Lawn. During the week there were other activities such as a film screening of Utopia and Indigenous round interfaculty sport where Sharrod Wellingham, an Indigenous player from the Eagles came and spoke to the students.

Croc snaggers part of celebration

Friday, 2 May 2014

Crocodile and emu sausages, kangaroo stew and damper will be on the menu at The University of Western Australia next week, along with didgeridoo-playing and basket-weaving workshops.

Ms Tammy Solonec

Indigenous lawyer a champion for the vulnerable and disadvantaged

Friday, 2 May 2014

An Indigenous law graduate of The University of Western Australia has been appointed as the new Indigenous Peoples' Rights Manager at Amnesty International.

Indigenous Elders speak out on tragic self-harm and suicide epidemic

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Thirty-one Elders and community representatives from 17 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia have contributed to a powerful report into self-harm and suicide in which they offer ways in which to address the tragedy.

Jessyca Hutchens

Indigenous student chooses between Oxford and Cambridge

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

An Indigenous graduate of The University of Western Australia has been accepted into both Oxford and Cambridge universities and has had to choose between them.

Research officer Ros Maley with volunteer

First of its kind culturally sensitive depression screening tool

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The first of its kind culturally acceptable screening tool for depression among older living Indigenous Australians in remote areas has been developed.

Assistant Professor Clint Bracknell

Journeying back, chasing Noongar songs

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Old Noongar-language songs in the J.S. Battye Library archives will come alive again during a lecture by a young Noongar academic, historian and musician.

Louise Wilson

WACE winner has big plans

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A 17 year-old Victoria Park girl in her first year at The University of Western Australia has been recognised as the State's top-performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student in the WA Certificate of Education (WACE).