Indigenous students attend international leadership symposium

Friday, 15 January 2016

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.

Dr Mark Waters

Crop productivity and WA heritage winners in latest ARC funding

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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).

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Christmas a vulnerable time for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders

Friday, 4 December 2015

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 Follows the Dream

Friday, 27 November 2015

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.


Rare spearheads uncovered on Rottnest Island

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

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.

Aurora Milroy

UWA student awarded prestigious scholarship

Friday, 11 September 2015

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.

Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Celebration

Friday, 24 July 2015



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.

NAIDOC winner

Dr Gemma Johnston, NAIDOC Tertiary Scholar of the year

Monday, 22 June 2015

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. 

Evidence of oldest human occupation in Mid-West discovered

Thursday, 4 June 2015

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 - graduate: Photographer, editor, curator, broadcaster….

Monday, 25 May 2015

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.

Frangipani Dreaming for Aboriginal Education

Monday, 18 May 2015

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.

Record-breaking enrolments for the School of Indigenous Studies

Friday, 8 May 2015

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.

Medical graduate

Medical student inspiring people across the nation

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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. 

Indigenous year 12s get leading edge at UWA

Thursday, 9 April 2015

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.

Professor Len Collard - photo:  Matthew Galligan

Do you live in the place of spiders?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

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.

Living in hope for Aboriginal health in WA

Monday, 23 February 2015

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.

US research vessel, the Roger Revelle

Skyscraper-high undersea waves under the microscope

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

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.

Rhys Radcliffe and Candice Rawson

Time to celebrate for new Aboriginal doctors-to-be

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

An Aboriginal enrolled nurse and an Aboriginal health worker who were the very first students in UWA's Advanced Diploma in Medical and Aboriginal Health Sciences have just been accepted into medicine.

Christmas a risky time for vulnerable: Indigenous expert

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas is a risky time for many people, young and old, who may be prone to depression and self-harm, according to an expert in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing.

Debbie Barwick, Chairperson of the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC)

Call for Government funded Indigenous business bodies

Monday, 15 December 2014

Indigenous leaders have called for the federal government to direct funding towards peak Indigenous business bodies.