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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Big year at Batchelor

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE achievements of students from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education were celebrated at the organisation’s largest graduation ceremony, held on June 15.

A total of 313 individual graduates received 350 awards at the Batchelor Campus, south of Darwin. Graduates came from 79 communities across four states and territories, with most students coming from the Northern Territory and many from remote communities.

Certificates presented ranged from VET Certificate I through to doctorates.

This year’s graduating group, the majority of which identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, is amongst the largest the Batchelor Institute has had in its 40-plus-year history of providing Indigenous education in the NT.

Batchelor also celebrated a record number of completions for 2016, with 1000 students finishing their qualifications.

In a graduation ceremony highlight, Jennifer Rita Fraser was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Knowledges, and gave a heartfelt address to the audience.

Each year, special awards are sponsored in recognition of students’ outstanding achievements in their fields of study.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation VET Award went to Karen Rogers, from Ngukurr (NT).

The Koori Mail Award, presented by general manager Naomi Moran, went to Daniel Wilson from Sawtell (NSW), recognising his outstanding achievements as a student enrolled in broadcasting or media studies.

The Harry Wilson Memorial Award went to Rita Oui, from Kuranda (Qld). This award is sponsored by the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA) in recognition of an outstanding student in the Certificate III Media course.

Valerie Wunungmurra, from Nhulunbuy (NT), won the NBC Consultants Award, which is sponsored by NBC Consultants in recognition of the most outstanding student that has completed a Certificate in Business.
Naomi Rosas receiving her Certificate IV from Batchelor Institute Council Chairperson Professor Mark Rose


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

At 86 he is a master

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Growing up in Queensland, Uncle Edward (Dennis) Seymour used to sit with two other Aboriginal boys and play ‘dots’ at school.

His teachers believed that he couldn’t be educated because of his Aboriginal heritage.

Six years ago Mr Seymour set out to prove them wrong, and now, at the age of 86, he has graduated with a Masters in Visual Arts from Federation University in Victoria.

“I’d been painting for about 50 years but when people asked me where I’d learnt, I’d say I taught myself and I lost a bit of confidence,” the Nurragga man told the Koori Mail.

“Now I’ve got the degree I feel like I can teach others. That was the reason I did it; I’ve been helping people for years, and now I feel I’m qualified for it.”

Mr Seymour said attending TAFE and then continuing on to do his master’s at Federation University was a “great experience”.

“There was me and another Aboriginal man doing the course. There were a couple of women too, and I made some great friends,” he said.
“We had plenty of help in the course, with mentors and support.”

Mr Seymour said he hopes his story will inspire others to rise above the racism they have faced in their lives.

“If you’re told you’re stupid for many years that challenges you,” he said.

“But challenges can be overcome. Aboriginal people are intelligent and we deserve an education.”


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

STEM winners will engineer bright futures

Story courtesy the Koori Mail


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scholarships set to delve into the heart

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Western Sydney University and GE Healthcare will offer a scholarship for Indigenous people looking to enrol in the university's Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Sonography.

Valued at $10,000 a year over the two years of the degree, the scholarship will provide financial help for the students studying how to use ultrasound acquired images to identify and measure heart disease.

School of Medicine dean Professor Annemarie Hennessy says the scholarship will provide much-needed assistance for Indigenous students who may otherwise lack the means to pursue tertiary education.

“Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in Australia, and diagnosing and properly treating existing conditions will make a big difference to the health outcomes of the region, and also the nation,” she said.

“It is our hope these scholarship recipients will not only help combat cardiovascular disease in Australia, but also to one day become medical leaders in the community.”

GE Healthcare president Matt Tucker said there already was a higher than acceptable prevalence of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“We hope that the skills learned at Western Sydney University bring a positive change to this situation,” Mr Tucker said.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Aunty Joyce celebrates education

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

At the age of 68, Aunty Joyce Summers completed a degree in Indigenous Studies.

It’s because of her passion for education that the Gold Coast Aboriginal Elder has been recognised as a Bond University fellow.

Aunty Joyce received the honorary title from the Gold Coast-based university in recognition of her significant contribution, particularly in the development of Bond's Nyombil Indigenous Support Centre. 

Born on Ukerabah Island, an Aboriginal reserve on the Tweed River, Aunty Joyce was involved in the community fight to save the island from development, alongside her brother Cedric Morgan and the late Senator Neville Bonner, Australia's first Indigenous Member of Parliament.

She was chair of Gold Coast City's NAIDOC) celebrations in 2015 and has received a Premier's Award in recognition of her community work.

Aunty Joyce said she looked forward to continuing to work with Bond University and its growing Indigenous student group.

"I think it is wonderful that Bond has so many Indigenous students studying here, and such a high retention rate of these students," she said.

"I'm a humble person. You do things out of the goodness of your heart and don't expect accolades, but I feel truly honoured to be recognised as a fellow of Bond University."

Bond vice-chancellor Tim Brailsford said Aunty Joyce had been instrumental in the support and growth of the Nyombil centre, including mentoring Bond's Indigenous students.

"Aunty Joyce has helped establish many committees and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations on the Gold Coast and is an advocate for the healing of relationships between Indigenous peoples and others through understanding and tolerance," he said.

"She is committed to the advancement of Indigenous people and places a high value on the importance of education. She has always made herself available to the university, and indeed myself, to give spiritual advice and guidance on the ways and culture of Indigenous people."
Aunty Joyce Summer

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