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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NPY chief honoured

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE University of South Australia has honoured Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council chief executive Andrea Mason.

The Aboriginal leader was one of four UniSA graduates to be recognised at the university’s Alumni Awards in Adelaide this month.

Ms Mason heads a women’s council that undertakes a diverse range of activities to create employment, support health and wellbeing, and tackle domestic violence and other social challenges.

She was named the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and the NT finalist in the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards.

Ms Mason was selected as one of six members of Australia’s new Indigenous Advisory Council and soon after appointed co-chair.

She credits her extended family and a loving upbringing with shaping her core values and determination to succeed.
Andrea Mason
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UTS students set to venture forth

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE first group in a UTS business degree for Indigenous students has wrapped up its final year with a presentation of start-up ventures.

They are members of the Bachelor of Business Administration course established three years ago.

The program aims to develop skills in business management, leadership and enterprise development, and builds on participants’ current workforce expertise and Indigenous community knowledge.

“I would like to say congratulations to the students. I know this is the culmination of three years of very hard work,” said Associate Professor Chris Burton, Associate Dean (Education) at the UTS Business School.

“The Bachelor of Business Administration is a program that really underpins the values of UTS, particularly around building skills and capacity in problem solving, creativity and social innovation.”

At the presentation, students pitched their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges.

Janelle Clarke, Michael Ingrey and Khaila-Rose Prior detailed ‘Jakmi’, a voice recognition device that provides a safe way to access smartphone applications while driving.
Christian Hampson, Clarence Slockee, Naomi Broom and Kaitlan Cuell pitched ‘Workabout’, an online platform that connects backpackers and travellers with Indigenous and other business owners to improve the working holiday experience.

Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, said she was inspired by the students’ ideas and how they were imbued with Aboriginal culture, values and heritage.
Course participants, from left, Justin Hodges, Khaila-Rose Prior, Christian Hampson, Kaitlan Cuell, Naomi Broom, Janelle Clarke, Gavin Mate, Clarence Slockee and Michael Ingrey.
Picture: Shane Rozario
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

More frunding for Bubup Wilam

Story courtesy of the Koori Mail

NEW funding of almost $850,000 will be used to expand services at the Bubup Wilam Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre in Melbourne.

The organisation provides a range of services, which bring together health, housing, welfare and education support, designed to improve opportunities for children and their families. 
Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt praised Bubup Wilam, saying it was having a positive effect on health and wellbeing.

“Bubup Wilam is a place of gathering and community engagement and this funding will enable the existing proven initiatives to be boosted and consolidated to provide a joined-up approach that will make an even bigger difference in the lives of local children and their families,”
he said.

“Having all these services in one location which is trusted by the community is vital for improving Aboriginal health.”

Bubup Wilam president Tony McCartney said it was good to get recognition of the success of the organisation. 

“Bubup Wilam provides critical support for Aboriginal children and families, and access to employment and training for Aboriginal people,” he said. 

Chief executive Lisa Thorpe said the new funding through the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network means Bubup Wilam can help achieve its vision of ‘Children who are proud and have a strong Aboriginal identity as their foundation for lifelong learning, health and wellbeing’. 
 
“We are already seeing positive results in the lives of our families,” she said. 

Bubup Wilam means ‘Children’s Place’ in Woi Wurrung language.

Children from Bubup Wilam perform So Young with musician Dave Arden at the funding launch.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Oorala centre ready to mark three decades

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THREE decades of support for Indigenous students at the University of New England will be celebrated this month in a program that includes art and cooking exhibitions, and live music headlined by 2016 Australia’s X-Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace.

The university’s Oorala Aboriginal Centre is celebrating 30 Years of educational programs in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Over the past three decades, Oorala has expanded from a handful of students to more than 800 enrolled students in 2017.

Celebrations begin on October 18 with the opening of the Oorala Art Exhibition consisting of paintings, photographs, weavings and sculptures by local and regional Indigenous artists.

Open day
A Sunset Opening Ceremony, on the lawns of the Armidale-based university’s Booloominbah centre, will be held on October 23, leading up to the Oorala 30 Open Day on October 31.

Isaiah Firebrace will headline live performances, and other activities will include cooking demonstrations with Indigenous chef Clayton Donovan, shows by the Duval Deadly Dancers, markets stalls, workshops including a weaving circle with Dolly Jerome, a community canvas with artist Lloyd Hornsby, and a flint knapping workshop with UNE archaeologist Mark Moore.

The name Oorala is derived from the UNE region’s Anaiwan language group. It means ‘camp, a place where people come to meet together’.
More details HERE
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

USQ delivers degree for nurse-to-be

Story courtesy the Koori Mail ..

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

09-Aug-2017

The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognises the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

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Curriculum revamp

THE draft Australian Curriculum attempts to move beyond, rather than entrench, a ‘black armband’ view of history, according to Aboriginal educator Chris Sarra.

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