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Editorial Indigenous PhD graduate blends traditional medicine and modern science UNSW Newest Indigenous Doctors Come from all Walks of life First CSI Indigenous Graduate Congratulations to our Latest Indigenous UNSW Graduates Alumni Network event: Aboriginal Career Leadership Development Program Jay Carroll: From Bourke to Nura Gili my first year at UNSW Owen Walsh and The Illawarra Flame Trees open International Business Competition Jay Edwards opens the 2015 SHE Conference Indigenous Science and Engineering Program (ISEP) ASPIRE workshops Medical Mentoring About Us   

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Cover: Ethel Gundy (right) with Tess Allas, Director of Indigenous Programs at UNSW Australia Art & Design after Ethel’s UNSW Graduation on 11


November 2015.

The weeks leading up to the end of the year area are always particularly busy for of us here at Nura Gili and 2015 was no exception. Congratulations to all our recent graduates including our eight Medical graduates who graduated on Monday, 1th December and Dr. Shane Ingrey PhD our fourth Indigenous PhD graduate in 2015– more about their tremendous achievements in our lead articles. Our current students have all now received their results from this Semester and many are spending much of the summer working with industry, government and/or community partners with paid internships; this provides great opportunities for Nura Gili students to contribute to and apply their learning of their studies in practice. Others are spending much deserved time back at home with family and friends whilst other are exploring new places travelling across the country and abroad. Meanwhile our UNSW Indigenous Pre- Program students in Business, Education, Law, Medicine, Social Work are taking their final examinations and finalising their last assessments before their graduation on Wednesday evening. Others are reflecting on their interviews and offers from their UNSW Indigenous Admissions Scheme and we hope many of these students will be returning to study at UNSW in 2016 and wish everyone the very best for their future success. Congratulations also to our Director, Professor Nakata, Dr Stephen Moore, Professor Richard Stuetz on their success at the recent Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. VC Award Their award was for their significant: ‘Contributions to Student Learning’, for the Murray Island Infrastructure Project which we featured in June 2015 When the awards were announced they were back up on Mer Island as can be seen in the photo here standing by Eddy Mabo’s grave. In addition to his research, Professor Nakata has been giving key notes at various conferences such as on Indigenous Decolonisation at University of Queensland. UNSW Indigenous perspectives have been much in the news recently including Health Incarceration, Law and Human Rights. I wish you all a wonderful holiday, with time to rejuvenate with family and friends before the new challenges awaiting us in 2016. Rebecca Harcourt Editor Connect with Nura Gili

Left: Richard Stuetz, Martin Nakata and Stephen Moore, by Eddie Mabo’s grave on Mer Island.


Left to Right: Professor Martin Nakata, Dr.Shane Ingrey and Dr Reuben Bolt, before Shane’s UNSW Graduation in November 2015 to confer his PhD

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When educator and Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (GCSI) alum Peter Cooley began his studies at CSI, it was borne out of desire to help the many young Aboriginal people he came across who were losing touch with their cultural identity. He saw young people derailing and suffering from serious problems later in life such as crime and suicide. Peter saw a real need in his community and he decided to set about trying to meet it. “I am a big believer that cultural education can assist in addressing those issues,” says Cooley. “A lot of our people are losing their way because they don’t have the tools to connect with their cultural identity.” Peter was awarded the Freehills CSI Scholarship in 2013, and began his course of study with the aim that it would help further his mission. He had developed the much-lauded “Catch N Cook” program 8 years prior, teaching young Aboriginal people in his La Perouse community how to connect with their community and their land. Fast forward to 2015 and Peter is now CSI’s first ever Indigenous graduate of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. Peter says he is proud of his achievements and says the skills he gained from his studies directly benefit his businesses and programs: “Studying for the Graduate Certificate has answered a lot of questions for me, like how I can find structure for my programs in a sustainable manner,” he says. “The program has also really opened my eyes and linked me up with the right people to allow me to expand and diversity my programs the way I have.”


Rebecca Harcourt, Program Manager of Indigenous Business Education at UNSW Business School, Editor of Nura Gili News and Director with First Hand Solutions for three years agrees: “Peter exemplifies the importance of Aboriginal people drawing on their own extensive community experience and expertise to harness how models of social impact can create sustainable and positive change within their own communities. Peter has harnessed and contributed much from undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and together with his partner Sarah Martin has crystallisedthis in practice with First Hand Solutions. Through leveraging a social investment approach together with extensive grass roots engagement, First Hand Solutions has already made extensive impact as can be seen with the opportunities derived locally through the Blak Markets.”

You can experience Peter’s work in person by visiting his website at for more details and heading to the monthly Blak Markets at La Perouse, where a typical program includes dance and music performances, workshops, ceremonies and of course, Peter’s “Catch n Cook” program.

Nicola Hannigan Brand Communications & Content Specialist CSI Centre of Social Impact, UNSW


In addition to Dr.Shane Ingrey, Peter Cooley and our Medical doctors featured in stories here, our heartfelt congratulations go equally out to all our Nura Gili UNSW Indigenous November 2015 graduands- a tremendous achievement and no doubt for all of you the first of many!

Adam Maher,

Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics

Nathan Brogden

Master of Professional Accounting

Timothy Davison

Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science

Brooke Luskan,

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Ethel-Anne Gundy

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Natalie Renwick

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Keran Toomey,

Master of Art

Keya- Rose Lloyd

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Joshua Cleal

Master of Mining Engineering 8

Graham Head, Public Service Commissioner (far left) with Charlene Davison, Principal Advisor NSW PSC with participants from our second Aboriginal Career Leadership Development Program ACDLP and a number of the facilitators of the program including Program Director, Carol Vale, presenters and coaches Rebecca Harcourt and Ashley Gordon- OPRA Australia formerly Beilby Consulting Above:

Above image by James Photographic Services


“Key to our Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program (ACLDP) are our action learning groups where participants develop their cross agency responses to a current policy challenge and present their findings to Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries and other senior staff from across the NSW Public Sector. Lead by our Indigenous AGSM Program Director, Carol Vale, the ACLDP program harnesses and extends participants experience and expertise as both Senior Public Servants and as Aboriginal leaders.” Rebecca Harcourt

“On Wednesday 9th December, the first Alumni Network event for our ACLDP program delivered with AGSM Executive Education in partnership with the NSW Public Service Commission took place. The Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program (ACLDP) has been created to move the dial for participation in leadership, at all levels, for Aboriginal public servants. ACLDP is an important initiative of the NSW Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2014-17 The current employment rate in the Public Sector is 3% (improvement from 2.9 in 2014) and the target is 3.3%. The target for participation at the Senior levels of leadership is 1.8% (currently 1.2%). I am absolutely delighted to announce that this program and our Delivering Business Results are now both part of the Premier's recently formed Leadership Academy. We have a fantastic team working on these programs including, Carol Vale, Rebecca Harcourt, Patrick Sharry, Eva Freedman, and Peter Fisher.” Frank Kennedy Executive Director, AGSM Executive Education


I arrived into Sydney late at night excited to meet new people and start my first year in Sydney. I’m originally from the outback, Bourke to be specific, so the rushing traffic and stoplights were something I had to get used to. I walked everywhere, even into the city due to the fear of public transport but those days are gone and I’m not the same nervous boy I once was, with a little help from an app called Tripview. The transition from rural to urban was difficult but one I have come to love. You develop this excitement whether it’s running to catch the next bus or running to top up your opal card to catch said bus. Furthermore, I find the city never sleeps and the lights and ever changing scenery to be encapsulating. The first night I moved into New College Village, a college based at UNSW, my home for the year. I was welcomed with big smiles and opened arms just what this country boy needed. I made my first friend the next day and was very excited because they too were an Indigenous student who also went to Nura Gili Friendships and support were the main reason I came to UNSW. Programs such as UNSW Indigenous Winter School run by Nura Gili had provided insightful information about tertiary study and allowed me to develop lifetime friendships and support networks. The first day of University was a day to remember as I walked into the wrong class as I had mis-read my time table I walked in happy and feeling like I had everything together only to see moments later after sitting down that I was in an engineering lecture! After the first week of Uni things started to fall into place, I was able to get on public transport and I had organised a calendar with the due dates of all my assessments. I found the work at uni really opened my eyes to the way I viewed the world. It left me questioning and asking why? It challenged me mentally and physically due the many nights spent working on readings and assessments. All my hard work has paid off as well as eye opening. During the second semester I became ill and was placed in hospital with a heart problem. This experience had really impacted my uni work and life as it took me out of action for a bit. But due to the support of Nura Gili, lecturers and course convenors at UNSW I was able to get back up and work hard to get back on track for the semester. There were many times that I wanted to give up and go home but support and phone calls home helped remind me why I was here. One phone call in particular with my Nan to quote her wise words, “toughen up princess” really sunk in as I have now finished my first year. Through my whole experience this year I now understand why people say time flies as I’m one year closer to graduating and still hoping the holiday will slow down so I can enjoy them. Jay Jay Carroll 11





Above left to right: Daen Philipps, Cameron Howe and Owen Walsh Right left to right Rebecca Harcourt, Owen Walsh and Jo Wolles Chef and

founder of Goanna Hut .

“UNSW is a culturally diverse environment which embraces all walks of life. Being a proud Indigenous man, I was honoured to attend the opening of the International Business Competition, which featured an Indigenous lunch, dancing, and traditional Didgeridoo playing. Being able to witness other cultures experience my own was an unforgettable experience” Cameron Howe Nura Gili’s Owen Walsh is in his fourth year studying a dual degree at UNSW Business School. Nura Gili’s Daen and Cameron are currently completing the UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business.


Nura Gili’s Jay Edwards opened the 2015 Society of Heterodox Economists (SHE) Conference -Life, the universe & everything at UNSW. This annual conference provides a vital forum for the discussion of alternatives to mainstream economics. Jay has just finished his first year studying at UNSW Business School. He is pictured here above with Professor Geoff Harcourt (left) & Associate Professor Peter Kriesler (right) . 14

“The ISEP program was very educational. I learnt more about science and engineering and how we can improve the world. The program was fun and gave me many ideas for my future career." Kaya Tranter Year 7 ISEP is a multi-year fully supervised three day residential program designed to provide Indigenous students with an opportunity to experience studies in science and engineering. Students are invited to return annually to engage in this and other Science and Engineering programs at UNSW Australia (UNSW). Aimed at secondary students in years 7-9, this program provides an opportunity for students to experience UNSW’s Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering and other learning environments. The aim is to broaden the student experience, stimulate and peak interests and inquiry to develop an understanding of what is required for further study in these fields. The program is delivered by UNSW experts and academics providing a variety of fun activities and interactive learning. 2015 program was no exception!


Nura Gili’s Dennis Golding who has just finished his second year studying at UNSW Arts and Design and before that was a much valued Nura Gili staff member, designed the ISEP logo below and pictured on participants’ t-shirts. Here Dennis shares the meaning of his design: Objects Two hands – Two people or two spirits Yellow Circle – Land Red Circle – Fire Blue Circle – Water Backgrounds spots of circles – compass Meaning Land, Fire and Water are three main sources used in Aboriginal Culture. Land – Aboriginal people have a rich and strong connection with land. It is the provider of food, clothing, equipment, planting. Its spirit gives Aboriginal people knowledge of identity, culture and belonging. Fire – Used in most cultural ceremonies. It is used on land for hunting and regrowth of plants. It is to show a symbol of presence, sacred areas, campsites and light. Water – Our sea, waterholes and rivers are sources of energy and cleansing. It’s used for many ceremonial practices. The two spirits come from different tribal lands to work together. They are guided by spiritual connections of land, fire and water. In order to continue their journey, they must use these resources to survive. Dennis Golding right on Awards Night 2015


Year 9 Dylan Cran (left) from Walgett explores a virtual reality tour of UNSW Business School the Place in one of the ASPIRE workshops in Dubbo.


Fourteen schools from across far west region of NSW came to spend a day in Dubbo with UNSW ASPIRE and faculty staff and students to experience a taste of studies at UNSW. The year 9 students elected 3 workshops to participate in from Art &Design, Business, Criminology, Engineering Physics and Social Work. The students, including from Lightening Ridge, Gilgandra, Lake Cargelligo and Walgett demonstrated great vitality, imagination and responded with great ingenuity in the six business workshops I facilitated. Meanwhile year 9 and year 8 students from our local schools here in Sydney had the opportunity to come and spend the day here on UNSW campus as as part of the ASPIRE program, with a surprise visitor, our NSW Premier Mike Baird – read more here


We were thrilled to host a special first time event on October 16 thanks to the incredible support of Australian philanthropis ts, The Balnaves Foundation. Nura Gili and The Balnaves Foundation hosted a mentoring event for our graduating medical students and our 1st year doctors. With the Balnaves Foundation utilising their networks to reach out to interested doctors, the event was the first meeting to establish ongoing relationships between students and mentors. We were delighted to welcome four esteemed Aus tralian Doctors to the Nura Gili foyer, Dr Marlene Kong, Professor Peter Smith, Dr Joe Lawler and Professor Andrew Carr. At the event students and mentors shared their experiences and their ambitions. The mentors also offered students tips and suggestions for surviving their first few years in the hospital system! The Balnaves Foundation has supported nine Indigenous medical students at UNSW through the Balnaves Indigenous Medical Schola rship Program. UNSW is proud to be graduating eight Indigenous medical students in 2015 and we encourage all of you who are interested in studying medicine to contact Nura Gili.

Hannah McCann Development Manager, Equity and Access, UNSW



UNSW Australia has three campuses located in Kensington (main campus), Paddington (Art and Design) and Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy). The main campus is located in Bedegal country and situated near an 8000 year old campsite. This campsite was a place where the Indigenous people of that country would gather and meet to teach their culture, knowledge and stories to their next generation of leaders. In 1949, UNSW was established providing the opportunity to pave a long history of teaching and research excellence and to gain the reputation for graduating the brightest and most highly qualified students in the country. With nine prestigious and award winning faculties, over 300 undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs being taught and more than 50,000 students, from 120 countries, the campsite traditions of gathering, meeting, teaching and sharing are being carried from the past in to the present.

Prior to 2004 Nura Gili was known as the Aboriginal Education Program (AEP) and the Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre. The AEP was established to provide Indigenous Australians studying at UNSW with the support needed to fully succeed in their studies. With the increasing number of Indigenous Australian students enrolling at UNSW and the need for improved academic and student support services, the AEP and Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre merged and became Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit. As a leader in Indigenous education, our purpose is to enrich Australia culturally and professionally. Nura Gili strives to enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities and individuals to engage in all aspects of Australian society - ensuring Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories are embedded in all aspects of the UNSW community. We provide a range of support services, Indigenous Studies programs and aspirational and pathway programs allowing us to be recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in academic and research excellence.

It’s important for us to provide a space that’s inspiring and creative, a space that will give you the best possible start to your higher education. In 2012, with the support of the Balnaves Foundation, we were able to build a state-of-the-art, central, innovative teaching and learning facility located in the heart of UNSW. At Balnaves Place, you will have 24 hour access to modern facilities with the most up to date technology, free printing facilities and private rooms for group and individual study in a calm and relaxing environment. Our centre has been designed for you.


Nura Gili News: If you would like to contribute ideas, news, letters and / or articles please contact the editor: Email: Telephone: 0478492075 If you would like to contribute to Indigenous scholarships for students at UNSW and/or Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit please feel free to make initial contact with the Director of Nura Gili Professor Martin Nakata B.Ed Hons PhD Telephone :+61 (2) 93853120 Email: - Prof Nakata's Webpage

If you would like further information on Nura Gili’s programs, courses and facilities you are welcome to come and visit and/or contact us: Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit Balnaves Place, Lower GrounDFloor Electrical Engineering Building UNSW Australia NSW 2052 Email: General Enquiries;+61 2 9385 3805

Balnaves Place – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Balnaves Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia.

UNSW CRICOS Provider Code: 00098G | ABN: 57 195 873 179


Nura Gili News -Edition 25 December 2015  

The weeks leading up to the end of the year are always particularly busy for of us here at Nura Gili and 2015 was no exception. Enjoy our fi...

Nura Gili News -Edition 25 December 2015  

The weeks leading up to the end of the year are always particularly busy for of us here at Nura Gili and 2015 was no exception. Enjoy our fi...