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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.