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.
Fifty Indigenous Year 12 students from around metropolitan Perth and from as far north as Kununurra and as far south as Albany will come to The University of Western Australia next week for a leadership seminar.
Want to know more about the Noongar origins of the name of your street, suburb or town? A new website developed by researchers at The University of Western Australia with colleagues at Curtin University might help.
A report on Aboriginal heart health released this week is the most comprehensive ever published in Western Australia about the single biggest killer of Aboriginal people. The report highlights the need for all sectors of government, health service providers, business and the community to work together to further narrow the gap between rates of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heart disease deaths.
Everyone has seen TV footage of surfers taking their lives into their hands in massive surf at Margaret River or Oahu in Hawaii, where waves can tower to six metres and produce solid walls of water and long pipelines.
Twenty two Aboriginal students are currently attending in Study Abroad programs in Chile and Washington DC, USA. These students are all enrolled in the unit, Indigenous Ways of Knowing (INDG3800) which was offered for the first time this year. The trip will be a chance for the students to explore comparative issues of Indigenous Ways of Knowing within the Mapuche and American Indian Indigenous cultures.
Congratulations to Kamsani Bin Salleh, whose production
team won two awards at the annual Faculty of Arts' Media and Communication
showcase 2014 for their short film "Billy and the Fridge' - the Multimedia
Centre Award for Best Production, and The Chair of Media and Communication
Award for Most Innovative Film.
The film was produced for the COMM3002 Communication
Studies Project unit, semester 2 2014. The showcase was held at Somerville Auditorium
on November 20 and it featured the 10 best films produced in the unit this
What methods do junk-food manufacturers use to make sure people keep buying their products? More than 150 Indigenous students are about to find out - at The University of Western Australia's Year 8 Discovery Days.
A nationwide review looking at effective mental health strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has highlighted the ongoing need for culturally-appropriate and holistic programs and services.