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School of Indigenous Studies

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).

Year 12 Leadership seminar

Indigenous Year 12s get leading edge at UWA

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thirty-three Indigenous Year 12 students from around metropolitan Perth and WA - from as far north as Kununurra and as far south as Esperance - will come to The University of Western Australia next week for a leadership seminar.

Aspire students

Kimberley students get taste for Uni life

Monday, 7 April 2014

More than 50 Year 11 students from six high schools in the Kimberley are visiting The University of Western Australia this week as part of the Aspire UWA program.

Ms Laura Vincent

UWA student wins 2014 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

Friday, 21 March 2014

A 21 year-old Indigenous Law/Arts student at The University of Western Australia is one of two national winners of the Law Council of Australia's 2014 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship.

National Empowerment Project participants

National project to tackle Aboriginal suicide

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

An Australia-wide program is tackling the extraordinarily high rates of suicide and other social and emotional wellbeing problems in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Professor Leonard Collard

New media to throw a lifeline to an ancient language

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A new project will create the world's first Aboriginal online encyclopedia as a way of preserving the ancient and endangered Noongar language - one of Australia's biggest Aboriginal language groups.

Indigenous cousins take honours in law and medicine

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

First cousins Aurora Milroy and Rebecca Hutchens have not only just finished their professional degrees at the same time at The University of Western Australia - they have also become the first Indigenous students to be awarded, respectively, First Class Honours in Law and the Australian Medical Association Prize, which is the top prize in Medicine.

'BOABS' Volunteers

'BOABS' helps Indigenous people quit smoking

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Smoking kills more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and puts more in hospital than all the other preventable illnesses put together. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people smoke at much higher rates than non-Indigenous Australians, and not many are quitting.

Dr Shahid, Professor Thompson and Winthrop Professor Dawn Bessarab.

Tackling cancer in indigenous Australians

Monday, 13 January 2014

Over the past 30 years, improvements in cancer treatments have resulted in better cancer survival in the wider community. Unfortunately, these same benefits have not been seen for Indigenous Australians who continue to experience much poorer outcomes after diagnosis with cancer.

Professor Patricia Dudgeon

Lifetime achievement award for passionate campaigner

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Professor Patricia Dudgeon - a Bardi woman and psychologist who works at The University of Western Australia - has won an Indigenous Allied Health Australia Lifetime Achievement Award (IAHA).

UWA leads international research teams on climate change

Monday, 9 December 2013

Two climate change projects led by The University of Western Australia - one a study into reporting on climate change in the media and another focusing on the challenge of ancient soils under modern land use - have been chosen for funding by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

One of Australia's leading philanthropists, Greg Poche AO and his wife Kay

Aboriginal health and wellbeing to benefit from new multi-million dollar gift

Friday, 15 November 2013

One of Australia's leading philanthropists, Greg Poche AO and his wife Kay, have provided $10 million to The University of Western Australia to create a WA-based centre for Indigenous health.

Brianna Ozies, Scott Wilson and Rachel Fong

Kimberley Klub awards to UWA students

Monday, 14 October 2013

The Kimberley Klub program run by Garnduwa supports Indigenous students from the Kimberley in their academic and sporting careers while in Perth. There are many students from the Kimberley area currently studying at the University of Western Australia.  

Recently four UWA students were recognised at the Kimberley Klub Awards dinner at Claremont Football club, sponsored by Leightons Contractors. Over 200 tertiary and secondary students attended.  

Ted Wilkes and Leah Bonson address questions

Indigenous health specialists panel with medical students

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The inaugural Indigenous Health Panel organised by 5th year medical student, Gemma Johnston and final year medical student, Rebecca Hutchens, both Indigenous representatives on the Western Australian Medical Students Society was held at Mary Lockett Lecture Theatre, FJ Clarke on October 1st. 

The aim of the night was to promote awareness of the vast array of issues facing Indigenous health, and to encourage medical students to become interested in Indigenous health. 

Western Waagyls 2013

Western Waagyls, UWA win the Games

Friday, 27 September 2013

UWA’s Western Waagyls have once again won the National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games. This is the 6th time UWA has won and against Indigenous students from 25 other universities. 

This year the Games were held at the University of Western Sydney in Penrith, NSW.  The team consisted of team captains, Jordan Ah Chee and Samantha Shepherd and team members Zana Bodey, Emile Boxer, Rhianna Couzens, Marlia Fatnowna, Casey Kickett, Brianna Ozies, Caleb Rivers and Torey Rickerby.  Staff members Marilyn Strother and Brendon DeGois accompanied the team.

Winthrop Professor Peter Veth

New landmark TV series reveals untold story of world's oldest living culture

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

A ground-breaking new TV series about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities working closely with leading archaeologists to reveal more than 50,000 years of continuous occupation is expected to dramatically raise the profile of Indigenous heritage in Australia.

Dr Isaacs

Congratulations Dr Kim Isaacs, GP

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Dr Kim Isaacs, a Yaruwu, Karajarri and Noongar woman now working in her mother’s country has recently become a GP after graduating from Medicine at UWA in 2008. 

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Culture at the heart of Indigenous healing

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander conceptions of healing, empowerment and leadership differ from Western concepts and must be considered if the mental health and social and emotional well-being of the nation's first Australians are to improve, according to the co-chair of a new group.