Eight Indigenous students from UWA were selected from 12 WA representatives to participate in Constitutional Recognition Forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Australians held at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Sydney from 14 – 17 March. Claire Brettner, Casey Kickett, Micah Kickett, Kelsi Forrest, Dylan Collard, Maleeah Rind, Hira Rind and Ahmi Narkle were all successful in gaining a place to attend this forum.
Kevin Taylor, 2nd
year Medical student was selected as one of the fifty Indigenous players aged
between 18 - 24 from all over Australia for the AFL/Rio Tinto Footy Means Businessprogram. Initially this meant travelling to
Sydney in November 2011 for draft camp testing and playing in a North vs South
game where Kevin was awarded "best on ground." Apart from this, the experience involved exposing players to
AFL, Indigenous athletes such as Michael O'Loughlin, Patrick Johnson, Xavier
Clarke and Chris Johnson as well as some skills and leadership workshops.
Rebecca Sullivan was recruited as a cadet through the Aboriginal Cadetship Program at the Department of Child Protection in November 2011. She completed her first year of study in a Bachelor of Psychology degree at the University of Western Australia in 2011 and is currently undertaking her placement at the Perth office with the guidance and support of her supervisors, Anette Bohm and Alana Egerton-Green.
A prestigious new scholarship established at The University of Western Australia is the most generous grant to an Indigenous undergraduate student at UWA and will highlight the life-changing effects education can have not only on an individual but on a community.