Story courtesy the Koori Mail
Gunggari woman Lucinda Colbert has been recognised for her work during Year 12 at the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards, held in Brisbane.
Ms Colbert received the award for Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student.
The former Forest Lake State High School student said she was surprised when she received her results.
“My mum actually found out first,” she told the Koori Mail.
“I was doing medical training in Poland at the time and I got a message from Mum telling me I’d got the award.
“I was excited. I’d felt so honoured to have been recognised, but it was also overwhelming. I don’t think it really hit me until I got home.”
Ms Colbert is currently on a gap year, but is planning to go to Melbourne University to study medicine in 2019.
She said she was inspired to study medicine after she saw her grandfather battle asbestosis.
“We watched him get worse but we also saw him dedicate his life to raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos in society,” she said.
“Nan learnt to look after him so he could stay at home. The whole family was involved in taking care of him.
“That was our life for a long time, but I also watched the nurses and the doctors and what a difference they made, and that’s the main thing that made me want to study medicine.”
The QCE Awards are sponsored by Bond University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland.