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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

ANU School proves to be inspiring

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

HIGH school student Izayah Davies says he has been inspired to follow his dreams to study medicine after meeting Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt at a summer school for Indigenous students at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

Izayah, a young Bardi Kija man from Broome in Western Australia, was one of 19 Indigenous students across Australia selected by their school principals to attend the program, which focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

Students combined classroom lessons with field trips to Questacon and the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory, where Prof Schmidt, who is also the ANU vice-chancellor, introduced the students to astronomy and astrophysics.

"I met Brian Schmidt - 'The Man'," Izayah said.

"I've read about him in text books at school. He's the man who figured out the universe's expansion rate and I always thought 'Oh I'm never going to meet him - he's some Nobel Prize winner'.

"But I met him and got a photo with him. So that's one off the bucket list. It was really amazing to meet him."

Izayah said he loved visiting ANU.

"It's been fantastic, I've never been on a university campus before and I really like it here," he said.

"It's a really nice environment to study in. There's a lot of pressure in high schools, but here it's so much more relaxed."

Izayah has chosen Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths Applications, English Literature and Modern History for his final year subjects at high school. He wants to study to become a general practitioner and work in the community where he grew up.

"I think it's very important to have Indigenous doctors working in remote communities so we can help our mob up there and make sure everyone's happy and healthy," he said.

Anne Martin, the director of the Tjbal Higher Education Centre at ANU, said the week-long program aimed to encourage, influence and inspire young Indigenous students to think about their careers.

"The ANU really has a national responsibility to these students and we don't want them to be struggling when they get midway through Year 11 or 12 with their career path," she said.

"If these 19 students have a wonderful experience here, then they'll go back and talk about it in their communities and that will hopefully spark the interest in other people too."


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

USQ Indigenous trainees win praise

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

FOUR young people have just graduated from the University of Southern Queensland’s Indigenous Trainee program.

Hannah Ward, Karlee Germon-Peterson, Kiara Taylor and Joshua Tribe spent last year building their skills and knowledge at the Toowoomba-based university.

It was part of USQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Development and Employment Strategy, which aims to attract, recruit and retain Indigenous people to academic and professional positions.

Ms Ward, a Kunja woman, praised the program

“I’ve spent the past year as an Indigenous Trainee at USQ and I cant tell you how much it has meant, not only to me, but to our people, she said.
USQ vice-chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie congratulated the trainees graduating from the program.

USQ is committed to closing the gap in training, education and employment outcomes between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people and by improving educational outcomes we can contribute to closing the employment gap, she said.

USQ Indigenous employment officer Sharron Jackson said the 2017 trainees had every reason to be proud.
They have worked very hard and demonstrated great professionalism and commitment,she said.
The traineeship program is a great success with indicators being that the majority of its graduates have ventured into further education or employment.

USQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship program graduates, from left, Joshua Tribe, Karlee Germon-Peterson, Kiara Taylor and Hannah Ward.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Scholarships for girls

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

TWO Dubbo College Higher School Certificate graduates have been awarded $5000 scholarships towards their ongoing education.

Breanna Nolan-Dixon, 17, and 18-year-old Karee Carney applied successfully for the 2018 Nestle AYDP Girls’ Academy Scholarships. The scholarships are open to Year 12 students in Girls’ Academies throughout Australia.

Breanna is hoping to study social work. “I aim to co-enrol in TAFE and Charles Sturt University Dubbo to study social work and I really hope to be able to give back to my local community,” she said.

“Through the years I have received support myself from foster care and from hospitals and it’s important for me to be able to pay my community back.”

Fellow Wiradjuri woman Karee hopes to study to become a modern history and visual arts teacher.

“At this stage I have been accepted to study at Macquarie University but that is my backup plan because I would really love to study a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Humanities and Social Science at the University of Sydney,” she said.

“Ultimately I would like to get back to rural and regional NSW and work in an area that is socio-economically disadvantaged.”

The Nestle scholarships provide girls with money for educational resources and travel.

The Dubbo College Girls’ Academies were launched at the start of 2017 to cater for the educational needs of Indigenous girls. Academies have been established at Dubbo College Senior Campus, as well as Delroy and South Campuses.
Scholarship winners Breanna Nolan-Dixon and Karee Carney.


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