Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

FOUR young people have just graduated from the University of Southern Queensland’sIndigenous 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 can’t 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.

Making changes leads to honour

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Central Queensland University has given an honorary degree of Doctor has been given to National Congress of Australia’s (NCA) First Peoples co-chair, Jackie Huggins.

Dr Huggins was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001 for her community work and advocacy work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

At the graduation ceremony Dr Huggins accepted the award and invited the audience “to join us to overcome the systemic disadvantages faced by your First Australians”.

NCA First People’s co-chair Rod Little said the organisation was fortunate to have Dr Huggins as a leading spokesperson on a range of complex issues impacting on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“Dr Huggins’ dedication to engaging and educating the wider community is reflected in the fact that one-day Dr Huggins can be found speaking with ministers, senior advisors and the media about policy, and the next day listening to students, parents and principals about education and leadership,” he said.

“NCA First Peoples has created one of the largest networks of our Peoples in the country. Every day we work alongside 180 organisational members many of whom are national peak bodies and community organisations changing lives on the ground.”

“I hope this recognition inspires more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and others to follow in Jackie’s footsteps and advocate for positive change for our people in Australia.

CQUniversity chancellor John Abbott said Dr Huggins has served as an exemplar to CQUniversity staff, students and guests.

“She offered strong leadership, guidance, advice and support to staff and was a strong advocate in standing up against domestic, family and community violence,” he said.


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Nurse makes certain her voice is heard

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Registered nurse Banok Rind, a YamatjiBadimia woman.

IT was because of the ill health in her family that Yamatji-Badimia woman Banok Rind decided to become a nurse.
“My dad has diabetes and every one of his siblings had diabetes – and then there’s the chronic diseases that go with it,” Ms Rind said. 

“When you live in remote places, some towns don’t have the best access to health services, and some of my aunties and uncles have shame about going to health services because they don’t feel comfortable. 

“If you’re not comfortable to seek help, then that will affect your health – physically and mentally.”

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