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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 31, five Law students were awarded the 2013 Lavan Legal Scholarships at a presentation by Mr Dan Mossenson, Emeritus Partner, Lavan Legal at Shenton House (School of Indigenous Studies). This scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2012. The recipients for 2012 Angela Crombie, Dylan Collard, Katja Gvozdenovic, Micah Kickett and Laura Vincent received awards again for 2013.
The scholarships have not only provided book vouchers but Lavan Legal also offered mentorship opportunities for students and invitations to meetings and social functions at Lavan Legal.
This year at UWA’s Undergraduate Scholarships Ceremony last month, over 25 scholarships were awarded to Indigenous students at UWA. This included Excellence Awards, Diversity and Merit Awards, Rio Tinto Residential Scholarships and BHP Billiton Iron Ore Scholarships. Several students were successful in being awarded more than one scholarship. This year two new scholarships, the Pam and Roland Farrant Scholarship and the VACE Scholarship were awarded for students in the Aboriginal Orientation Course.
The success of a local empowerment project designed to reduce the high rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has led a team of researchers from The University of Western Australia to hope it will be useful for Indigenous communities across the rest of the nation.
Sites of extraordinary cultural and archaeological significance in WA's remote Weld Range will be investigated and documented in a partnership involving Wajarri Traditional Owners and two archaeologists from The University of Western Australia.