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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Law student in the running for award

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Indigenous students attend science camp

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

TWO Indigenous students have had the chance to show their science skills and knowledge at the Asian Science Camp in Bangalore, India. Krishna Valadian, from Darwin High School, and Brittany Abraham, from Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney, attended the camp with more than 200 students from Asia, Australia and Oceania. The six-day camp aims to inspire the next generation of scientists through lectures, discussions, master classes and social and cultural events. Brittany, 16, said she was inspired to take up science after ending up in intensive care. “I was paralysed after an accident and because of the care I had when I was in hospital I was inspired to become a doctor,” she told  the Koori Mail.

“Once I got out of hospital I got involved in science and went to the CSIRO Science Camp in Adelaide. “I want to get as much experience as possible and get involved in as much as possible.”
Brittany said she has “a curious mind” so learning how the world works through science was an obvious step for her. “I’ve always wondered why things happen,” she said. “After my accident I was told I wouldn’t walk again. And I’m walking today so I wondered why that happened. “It’s interesting to learn why the body does things like that.”

Brittany has also attended a leadership camp with Macquarie University, learning about science and gaining leadership skills at the same time. She said she gets involved in anything she can because she never knows what opportunities might arise.

“I wouldn’t be doing all these things unless I was really motivated,” she said.

“If I could give advice to younger people I’d say set your goals and work really hard to get to them. Be proud and challenge yourself.

“The most important thing is to be motivated.”


Krishna Valadian and Brittany Abrahams at the science camp in India

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Trainee Mikaela is ready to help out with major events

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

ABORIGINAL ArtsReady trainee Mikaela Earnshaw is shining in her role at Stonington Youth Services, Melbourne, helping with the organisation’s major events. Ms Earnshaw called on experience she gained helping with the City of Stonington’s National Reconciliation Week celebrations to help run the youth services’ annual fashion gala and art exhibition at Prahran Town Hall.

“Being involved in something on this scale was rewarding in itself,” the 20-year-old said.

“To see all the work and effort everyone put in over the month come together into a successful event was impressive and something I would have never been able to experience without ArtsReady.

“From the start to the end I was involved. I even sat in many committee meetings and helped make decisions on lighting, decorations and other event arrangements.”

Since starting her ArtsReady traineeship this year, Ms Earnshaw has been involved in five events with Youth Services as well as helping out with their other programs and services. “Having the opportunity to help with all these events has made me realise this is something I want to pursue,” she said.

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Mikaela Earnshaw with work colleague Alexandra Millar.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Good word put in for indigenous literacy

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Study to benefit health workers

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

INDIGENOUS health workers are set to get access to targeted education to develop their skills and knowledge thanks to a study by the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Senior lecturer in nursing Julie Martyn has developed an education curriculum framework for Indigenous health practitioners as part of a research project funded by the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network.

Ms Martyn, who is based at USC Fraser Coast, said Indigenous health workers were vital to the health and wellbeing of their communities, yet did not have continuing education programs specifically designed for their needs.

“Indigenous healthcare workers are the glue of Aboriginal and Islander healthcare services and close the gap on health disparities for their communities,” she said.

Diverse role
“Their role is diverse as they work with children, the elderly and pregnant women and deal with chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. They go into people’s homes to do health checks and facilitate people’s pathway through the healthcare system.”

Since 2012, Indigenous health practice professionals have been regulated nationally under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and are required to complete a set amount of continuing education hours each year.

“There are numerous programs for doctors, nurses and other health care providers, but no specialised programs for this vital group of people in our community,” Ms Martyn said.

“Such programs are essential to enable Indigenous health workers to practice safely and effectively.”

Ms Martyn said the new education curriculum framework was designed with Wide Bay’s largest Indigenous healthcare providers and could be adapted for use by other providers.

“What makes this project unique is that this curriculum has been developed by the people, for the people,” she said.

“Through interviews, surveys and focus groups, we have explored the educational needs of participants from their perspective and the perspective of their supervisors.”
Other key recommendation from the study include regular workforce gatherings to discuss practice-based issues with an educational focus, and time out during work hours for collaborative learning. 
USC senior lecturer in nursing Julie Martyn with Indigenous health worker Melanie Green, who is studying a Bachelor of Nursing Science at USC Fraser Coast


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