' the river, Darling'.. ÂŠ Teena M Mcarthy Bachelor of Fine Arts, COFA, UNSW
. 'the river, Darling' : a painting created in my Grandmothers Ancestral land of Broken Hill, NSW. Inkjet photographic print on Butchers paper (also known as Newsprint) Hand painted with ochre. TMC
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Grant Maling Lumino City 2013- Graduation Exhibition by Linda Kennedy
Dr.Andrew Julian 13-17 Celebration Reception : ASB Indigenous Graduates 18-19 Nura Gili Day on Country 20
21 Indigenous Science Engineering program 22 A Day in the Top Job 23 Indigenous Sisters Graduate from UNSW 25-26 UNSW Faculties 27 Nura Gili on the Road 28 Nura Gili About Us Nura Gili News www.nuragili.unsw.edu.au/nura-gili-news If you would like to contribute ideas, news, letters and / or articles please contact the editor: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0478492075 If you would like to contribute to Indigenous scholarships for students at UNSW and/or Nura Gili Indigenous Programs please feel free to make initial contact with the Director of Nura Gili Professor Martin Nakata (B.EdHons PhD) Telephone :+61 (2) 93853120 Email: Prof.email@example.com - 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 Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES SYDNEY NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA
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Last week I had the joy of facilitating a workshop with year 5 & 6 students and their teachers from La Perouse Community School (see below) as part of the ASPIRE program here at UNSW. The participants’ enthusiasm, creativity and tenacity shone through as they embraced their strengths and dreams; qualities we witness again and again here at Nura Gili and UNSW. This month’s Nura Gili News celebrates our students and graduates who continue to champion their dreams across many fields and endeavours; stories of success and renewal. For every story we touch on here in Nura Gili News there are a thousand more – daily I witness and encounter testimonies of our students, graduates, Alumni and staff’s growth, contributions and achievements; accomplishments made with humbleness, pride and generosity of spirit. It is incredibly rewarding to contribute to, walk alongside and be with so many people who are part of our extended Nura Gili Family. As we move into the festive season I wish you all a safe and happy festive season with friends and family. Rebecca Harcourt, Editor
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2013 has been a fantastic year for Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit. Our Indigenous student enrolments continue to grow across all faculties, and 43% of our enrolments are now in Science, Engineering, Medicine, Built Environment and Business. This is a m ajor achievement for UNSW and is against national trends for Indigenous enrolments in the sector. As Indigenous students continue to extend their participation and efforts in the school sector, we see an expanding interest in a broader range of study areas. Increasing Indigenous enrolments in the UNSW medical degree over the years has been but one early indicator of this trend. Today medical students at UNSW constitute the largest concentration of Indigenous medical enrolments in the country. This achievement is attributable also to the generous scholarship opportunities provided this year by the Balnaves Foundation, Friends and Supporters of Shalom College, ITNewcom Foundation, One Portrait, Faculty scholarship donors and sponsors, and the many others who contribute to the broader agenda of Indigenous education at UNSW including the UBS Foundation, the Gange Family, and the Balnaves Foundation. Instrumental also in the growing interest across our faculties at UNSW has been the focussed effort in our nationally recognised Winter School (For Year 10-12 students), Pre Programs (for Year 12s & those who have completed school years), Spring Forum (for 18+ and mature-aged students), Outreach work in schools and the broader community, and our Science and Engineering program on campus (for year 7-9 students). Consolidating our core business activities in 2012-13 to ensure our student services at Nura Gili are progressively managed and sustained throughout degree programs to provide ‘on-time educational support’ for students has enabled us to install a key piece of infrastructure to achieve higher completion rates. Once we have coordinated to better effect the combined effort of staff in the Faculties, the Learning Support staff, tutors at the Residential Colleges, and the specialised academic learning support program at Nura Gili, we will have place an effective strategy to address the shortfalls in students’ requisite knowledge and skills for UNSW courses. This is a major piece of work planned for 2013-14, and will require cooperation and goodwill from all quarters to ensure better monitoring and tracking of students’ progress, and to delivering on-time support wherever it is needed. I have no doubt that once this work is complete we will see the highest Indigenous completion rates in Australia at UNSW. All this effort in the academic area will complement the very critical pastoral support our Nura Gili staff already provide to assist students to complete their study. The End of Year message for me is an opportunity, as Director, to acknowledge the great effort made by staff, colleagues, supporters and friends of Nura Gili. So it’s ‘au esswa’ (or a Big Thank You in creole) from me to you all: the students, the staff in Nura Gili and across the university who support our students, the academics who tutor, teach and research out of commitment to Indigenous people, and of course the administrative staff who provide the support base for everyone’s efforts. As I look back on our first full year at Balnaves Place, it is clear that this new location has made a difference. With us all studying and working in such close proximity to each other, it brings home to me just how much concerted effort everyone makes to improve the Indigenous higher education experience and the outcomes of students. To our students, you deserve credit for the way you have applied and conducted yourselves this year. I am well aware of all the demands placed on you but your commitment to studies and to each other demonstrates a mature sense of responsibility with regard to making the best of your opportunities while not forgetting your university brothers and sisters.
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I have placed considerable demands on Nura Gili staff over the last year and I would like to acknowledge all the effort that has been made to develop work processes to improve our effectiveness in the way we support and teach students. One of the great achievements from this has been the adoption of an innovative curriculum model to transform our teaching programs to be more engaging and challenging. The Gateway courses were our test cases this year and the result has been record numbers of enrolments - numbers not seen in the history of Nura Gili courses. It goes without saying that much of the extra effort of staff is invisible. But I do see the value of staff effort given recognition in everyday remarks from students, parents, faculty staff and community members. I see it in emails to me from Deans remarking on the professional way Nura Gili marketing and recruitment staff present themselves. I see it in emails from grateful mums who express relief from knowing how their children are being taken in as family at Nura Gili. I see it when students tell me they enjoyed the courses this year because the courses made them â€˜thinkâ€™. I see it when I come in on the weekends to find others working in the office. In Indigenous Australia, there is no room for complacency in higher education practice so the willingness of everyone to continually challenge themselves, to me, demonstrates the depth of commitment that all staff have to improving Indigenous futures. I want particularly to acknowledge the role that our management team plays as the leading agents of change in one of the more difficult areas of the higher education sector. With your individual effort guiding your team, increment by increment, year by year, we can be assured of only brighter futures for our communities. Have a happy and merry season, enjoy your family and friends, and a well-deserved break. I look forward to working with you all next year.
Prof N M Nakata (B.Ed.Hons.PhD) Director & Professor of Australian Indigenous Education Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit
Professor Nakata congratulates Nura Gili students at ASB Indigenous Graduates Reception held on th Thursday 28 November 2013.
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Grant Maling with actor Aaron Pedersen My name is Grant Maling and I am from Sydney, Australia. I have lived here my entire life but I have travelled throughout Australia visiting family and holidays. I grew up in the Eastern Suburbs with family and attended Banksmeadow Public School, Matraville Sports High School for year 7 and JJ Cahill Memorial High School for the rest of my high schooling. My main role model is my grandmother because she spent her life helping others and giving them information and resources they needed, she put smiles on a lot of people’s faces and had many, many friends. She inspires me to see the positive side of everything I do and with her tragic loss to her fight with cancer almost six years ago, I have even more motivation to live in her memory and make her proud. I tend not to see celebrities or people I don’t know personally as a role model but I do adore Beyonce and Pink. They are strong women who do what they want and what makes them happy, they don’t care about what other people think of them and they love to entertain and amuse other people. You’ve just finished your first year studying journalism at UNSW, when did you first come across Nura Gili and UNSW? I first came across UNSW when I was in year 10 in 2010, when the Aspire program came to my school to talk about tertiary education. I then found out about Nura Gili and in particular their Indigenous Admissions Scheme which helps Indigenous students to get into university, provided they have the ambition, determination and relevant experience. Even back then in 2010 I was still unclear as to whether or not I would go to university but as the end of year 12 came closer I realised that having experience and a degree under my belt would put me ahead of other people going for the same job as me. I didn’t go to Winter School, but I do know people who did and they said they loved it I applied for UNSW through the Indigenous Admission Scheme and although it was quite daunting: getting the paperwork together and heading to this huge university to sit a test and an interview with Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 7
Heads of departments, all of which could well determine my next few years, it was totally worth it. As I had completed a traineeship with Channel 9 for two years, I had the basic experience and the interviewers could tell that I was genuinely interested and driven to not only complete this course but do my best along the way. How has your first year been? In my first year I have met so many amazing people from all over the country and been involved in some awesome programs and activities including the Indigenous University Games. This year I have completed eight subjects: 1. Aboriginal Australia 2. Media Industry Context 3. Media, Culture & Everyday Life 4. Introduction to English 5. PR Principles 6. News Reporting 7. Australian Legends 8. Media, Society, Politics The first four were in semester 1 and the second four were in semester 2. My favourites would have to be the journalism majors: Media Industry Context and News Reporting. They are the main part of the course I am doing and I loved every bit of them. From interviewing people to taking the photo to for the story to writing the story and having the end product, those two subjects have already taught me so much and I can only imagine how much better it will get. I have written three news stories so far. Can you share some of the challenges of your first year? My first year at university has also been quite the rollercoaster if that’s not too cliché; I braced myself for heaps of work but was not ready for the work load that I received. I had two 3000 word essays and an exam within two weeks and also had about 12 minor assignments due in another two week bracket. Apart from all the work you do, as I said earlier, I have met some amazing people and Indigenous University Games was the most amazing experience I have ever had. Not only did I grow closer to a group of people I go to university wit, I also gained many Aboriginal friends from all around Australia, from Perth to Adelaide to Melbourne, right up to Cairns and Darwin. What sparked your interest in journalism? In year 9, 2009, I embarked on this program called “How Big Are Your Dreams” which saw around 15 students from year 9 to 12 complete a yearlong project to discover our dreams and career paths. We visited many Indigenous-run places and also land marks and learned a lot about our history. One of the places we went to was Koori Radio in Redfern. I absolutely loved the trip and at the end when we were given the opportunity to go on-air I jumped. That night I Facebook messaged my uncle who was the General Manger at the time and asked him if there was any volunteer work on the airways. He replied saying there is a show that runs every day which is dedicated to young Indigenous people and it is voluntary. Within two weeks I was in the studio with a group of friends blasting music and taking requests. I have now been doing the show, with various other friends, for two hours each week for the past four years and I still love it. When I first started my mother even said to me “this will be a great job for you, you can talk all you want.” Apparently I loved talking when I was younger. The past four years with Koori Radio has been amazing and has taken me to the Deadlys for the past three years working on the red carpet and back stage interviewing celebrities such as Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Ian Thorpe, Timana Tahu, Aaron Pederson and Miranda Tapsell. Towards the end of year 10, in 2010, two ladies from the Aboriginal Employment Strategy came to my school and asked the Indigenous students what they were interested in doing after school. I said media and was told that there were currently no media partners to take trainees so I should also write Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 8
a second option. They called me the next week and said I had an interview with ANZ which I aced. I had got the job at ANZ which I was okay with; it meant I could have a day off school each week. However, a week later the lady called me back and said “Look, I don’t want to get your hopes up but a media outlet has come to us and said they would like to try the traineeship scheme for the first time. Channel 9 would like to have an interview with you if you would be interested.” I jumped at the offer and went along to the interview, did a ‘day-on-the-job’ and wrote a report about how the day went. For the next week or so I was so anxious about what the result would be and when I got that phone call to say I had got the position, the biggest smile ever grew upon my face. My first day was starting at 5 am which to be honest I wasn’t too thrilled about but went along with anyways because I was so excited to be working for a major television station throughout Australia. The following two years saw me working with the cast of the Today Show, Kerri-Anne Kennerly, Sonia Kruger, David Campbell, Peter Overton and Amelia Adams along with the producers, reporters, camera people and studio staff. I had the opportunity of meeting some awesome people such as Keith Urban, Cyndi Lauper, The Wiggles, and Lady Antebellum.
Grant with Kerri Anne Kennerly What aspects of working professionally in the entertainment industry are particularly appealing for you? My main interest is entertainment and as I said previously I have met and interviewed many famous people already. I particularly like the red carpet, ‘suit and tie’ sort of events, Award shows and the like. I am yet to pursue any professional experience as part of my tertiary studies but I am thinking about doing an internship through the university next year. My top goal is to move and work in America as not only an entertainment reporter but as an American correspondent for an Australian television station. It would also be amazing to have my own television show, IN AMERICA! There’s an idea, Aboriginal Australian’s own television show broadcast right around USA.
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What does Nura Gili mean to you? They mean the world to me, without the staff I wouldn’t know where to go for information not only with my assignments but personal things too - what to do if I’m ever stuck with pretty much anything. The Nura Gili environment is always a welcoming one; all the students and staff are so friendly and just completely down to earth people. The programs they run are not only informative but also enjoyable and fun for both staff running the program and the people who are in it. What else have you been involved with as at UNSW ? To be honest, my first year has been quite hectic and I haven’t been able to get involved in many things, but if I ever turn up to Nura Gili and there is a BBQ on, I will definitely help out.. As I said, I went to the Indigenous University Games held in Penrith which was the most uplifting event I have ever attended. I’m not even sporty but I went, had fun, socialised, met people and played the games with everyone else which is what the games are all about. Any tips for others who are thinking about coming to study here? I would say go for it, it is seriously better than doing a gap year or just going straight to work, it’s fun, you meet new people, you get involved in programs and events that enhance your life and you get a degree at the end of it. I am actually really glad I made the decision to go to university because I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t. Interview with Rebecca Harcourt
Nura Gili students: Grant Maling and Lucinda Stewart
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Linda Kennedy 2013 Graduate Bachelor or Architectural Studies UNSW Faculty of the Built Environment â€“
LuminoCity is a forum to imagine, test and debate the future of the 21st century city. LuminoCity showcases the work of our graduating students alongside a dynamic program of public events My graduation design project is of a Recreation Centre at Ganguddy/Dunnâ€™s Swamp in the Wollemi National park, NSW. The design course is led by award-winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt. At the beginning of Semester 2, my year group camped in Mudgee for 3 days for a field trip to Ganguddy on Wiradjuri country to understand the landscape and site that our designs would be created for. Back on campus, we then completed a site analysis and began our design work from rough sketch and diagrammatic drawings, and over the rest of the semester we worked and reworked our designs to complete a set of architectural drawings and models. The project consisted of sleeping quarters for 32 people, dining/living areas, and caretakers quarters. As a regional project in a location off the services grid, the design needed to implement on-site waste management, water collection and power generation. The project has a strong emphasis on respect for landscape/country and this is reflected in the choice of materials used, sensitivity to changes in the landscape that would have an effect on current plant and animal life, and considerations for the future use of the building. Linda Kennedy Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 11
Closing the gap -story by Susi Hamilton, UNSW Media Office first published 06 December 2013 The first Indigenous medical student to graduate from UNSW on a Balnaves Foundation Scholarship says the unique program played a key role in his success. Dr Andrew Julian celebrated with his family, the UNSW community and the Executive Chairman of the Foundation, Neil Balnaves AO after the ceremony. L-R Neil Balnaves AO, Dr Andrew Julian Prof Peter Smith
“The generosity of the Foundation made me more determined to complete my degree and do well,” said Dr Julian, who begins a two-year internship at St George Hospital in Sydney next year. “It made all the difference, allowing me to study without worrying about money.” “This is a wonderful day for Andrew and we offer him our heartfelt congratulations,” said Mr Balnaves, at a reception for the doctor after the graduation ceremony. “We believe there’s a real need for qualified Indigenous doctors to help close the health gap between Aboriginal people and other Australians.” The largest ever survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics recently, showed a widening gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities for many conditions such as diabetes, heart and kidney disease, asthma and osteoporosis. The life expectancy for Indigenous Australians remains around 11 years behind that of other Australians. “We wanted to create a practical, workable way to close this gap and this is the aim of our Balnaves Foundation-UNSW Indigenous Medical Student Scholarship,” said Mr Balnaves. In 2009, the Balnaves Foundation made a 15-year commitment to fully support a number of Indigenous medical students through their six-year medical degree at UNSW. While Dr Julian is the first to graduate on this scholarship, there are currently seven other Indigenous medical students supported by the Foundation completing their studies at UNSW. This will increase to 15 students over the life of the program. UNSW has the country’s largest number of Indigenous medical students, with 56 students currently enrolled out of a total of 260 nationwide. Another 10 are engaged in postgraduate degrees with UNSW Medicine. In congratulating Dr Julian, the Dean of UNSW Medicine, Professor Peter Smith, also acknowledged the foresight of the Foundation: “The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Medical Scholarships provide an absolutely essential enabling pathway into medicine for prospective Indigenous doctors, many of whom could not even contemplate doing an undergraduate degree in Medicine without financial assistance.” While the young doctor does not yet know which area he plans to specialise in, he is determined to “make a difference”. “By working and living in the community, I hope I can empower Indigenous people to take responsibility for their health,” Dr Julian said. “This is the key to help close the health gap between black and white Australia Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 12
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"Matthew is an absolutely outstanding honours student in the school of economics. He is writing an extremely interesting and original thesis on the performance of mutual funds in Australia, using cutting-edge methods to assess the value added by funds managers. This research will illuminate challenges and opportunities for the managed-funds market in Australia and expand our understanding of asset pricing in Australia. Matthew represents the very best of our honours program--combining practical questions with rigorous analysis to shed new light on important problems." Richard Holden Professor of Economics School of Economics | Australian School of Business Congratulations Matthew!!
“Nura Gili cultivates a success mentality” Yanti Ropeyarn Right: Yanti welcomes her Dad, George and Mum Jenny to UNSW.. Yanti will graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce. Congratulations Yanti!
Our emcee Cameron Fitzpatrick-Ramirez, (right) with Owen Walsh (left) Cameron graduated from the Australian School of Business with a Bachelor degree in Commerce and a First Class Honours in Management in 2009. He is currently completing his PhD on ‘The relationship between the built environment and management strategy’ with the School of Management, ASB here at UNSW
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Brett Chamberlain Brett will graduate from UNSW for a second time with a Masters in Business Technology Congratulations Brett!
“Felicity and I attended a event last night at Nura Gili to celebrate the graduation of Indigenous students from ASB, including AGSM student Brett Chamberlin who has just completed the MBT. Brett spoke really eloquently about what an AGSM qualification meant to him professionally and personally. It really reminded me that the job that we all do can provide students with the opportunity to transform themselves and their life opportunities. It certainly made getting up and coming to work this morning a lot easier.” Professor Nick Wailes Academic Director, MBT and Head of AGSM Online Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) |
Read Brett’s speech overleaf
Sarah Hyland graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce – her official graduation ceremony in November. Sarah is thriving in her new role with Indigenous Accountants Australia, the team recently launched their new webpage: indigenousaccountants.com.au Congratulations Sarah!
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Codie Martin graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce â€“ his official graduation ceremony in November. Codie is thriving in his graduate position with Coca Cola Amatil - view his interview here in the latest edition of ASB Pulse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6cS WFokCKM Congratulations Codie!
Damian Shannon (left) with George Brown (right) are both graduating with Bachelor of Commerce degrees. Damian will start with John Holland Group in January having secured a highly competitive graduate position in HR. George will start with IBA â€“Indigenous Business Australia - in January having secured a highly competitive graduate position. Congratulations Damian & George!
Steve Fogarty also graduates with a Bachelor of Commerce. Steve will continue working with NSW Treasury. Congratulations Steve!
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My name is Brett Chamberlain and my mob is the Wiradjuri people of western NSW I have two degrees from UNSW- my BCom as an undergraduate and most recently the MBT Program, I also have a graduate certificate in Applied finance from another institution I have a few letters after my name now and I certainly want to take over the world so to speak but I would like to do this with good, virtuous and sincere motives Just to provide some context, when I was a young boy growing up in Blacktown and around Penrith, I never really thought much about achieving one degree let alone two, especially from such a prestigious institution as UNSW, which really seemed like a faraway place that we had only seen pictures of One of the outcomes in my experience of the MBT Program is it provides a broader and appropriate contextual frame of reference economically, socially and culturally. You only have to open a newspaper to see the extent of the abuses of power in some sections of the community and this has a somewhat depressing effect on an individual Then when I compare this to the integrity and impact of institutions like Nura Gili with the support of the ASB, are having culturally on our Indigenous community I am even more emboldened to ensure that even many more Indigenous students graduate from ASB, UNSW, the best business courses in Australia; to see them mature into positions of business and political power , responsibility and influence Furthermore, the more we are aware of the complexities of our surrounding world, the more it is apparent that Australia needs you here to be successful and that this is apportioned the highest level of importance and urgency that it deserves This brings me to the next jist of the conversation. In my opinion, I am not really that smart from an IQ point of view and I am guessing that there are many younger people in this audience that are smarter than me and I am hoping there are .I would be happy to see more and more Indigenous students graduate with the MBT or MBAs and move into positions of power and indeed I believe that the future social capital of Australia depends upon this and depends on people like those supported by Nura Gili and ASB to drive this home. I have a somewhat rewarding career in the IT industry at the moment but I would really like to see this blossom into the upper echelons of management as well as being involved in any activity that will see more Indigenous Mastersâ€™ Graduates particularly from UNSW The point is that if I can do this on guts, belief and determination so can many younger students and with the help of Nura Gili and ASB Just prior to concluding, I would like to mention something fairly close to my heart and that is that often with a high degree of intelligence comes the flipside of over achieving being feelings of anxiousness and feeling forlorn or indeed depressed At various times I have struggled with anxiety and doubt over the last 20 years or so and I would like to make the points that if you do, youâ€™re not alone, there is a strong support network around you and there is no shame in talking things out and that these things will not beat you, they are temporary issues that tend to target the exceptional achievers and you are stronger that that To conclude, I would like to thank my family for everything that I am I would like to thank Nura Gili for embracing me, the ASB and the MBT Program and AGSM, UNSW for all of their support Although the fire still burns in me stronger than ever, my urge to take over the world will never be at the expense of my family and my community. Indeed now that I have a stronger array of artillery I plan to use this for good. Whatever business success that I have, I will do my best to represent my family and community with pride, passion and integrity. I also plan to be ready to seize on any opportunity to get involved with and add value to initiatives of cultural and economic advancement for our community because one of the ways to ensure our culture survives and thrives is to ensure we drive our own economic independence through business , capital ownership and management and prove that we can win in both worlds because we definitely have the potential, we have a powerful support network and because we can!:) Brett Chamberlain, MBT, BCom(Fin) (UNSW), GCAppFin (Kaplan), RegPM
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“Going ‘on country’ gives us more experiences of the theory we teach in our courses. It reminds us that our people have been here for thousands of years practicing and generating knowledge that has sustained the environment and the people” -Dr Reuben Bolt “It’s great to leave the confines of the office, get off campus, and plant our feet on country. It gives us a chance to experience in-person the things we write and teach about every day. By placing our hands on the sites and learning from the Aboriginal guide, we gain new perspectives of the things we research. It’s also fantastic to share the experience with our colleagues” Dr Duane Hamacher
“I’ve seen quite a lot of engraving sites over the last few years, and it was great this time to have Les guide us and interpret the figures. The highlight of the day though, was the opportunity to spend time with the whole team and only deal with what was directly in front of us. Days like that are good for everyone” - Mr Ben Kelly “Our day on country once again grounded me with the learning’s from the land - bringing perspective and belonging, across time and place, a sense of stillness and longevity; as we walked together, learning and laughing in the footsteps of many before us and many to come. This was a welcomed and rejuvenating day spent together!”Rebecca Harcourt
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On the 22 of November, 2013 the Nura Gili staff team travelled to the Muogamarra Nature Reserve for a ‘Day on Country’. This day is scheduled in the Nura Gili yearly planner to provide staff with an opportunity to consider the importance and significance of place for Indigenous peoples. It is also important for allowing staff to take a break from the work they do, and to put their feet back on country. Muogamarra Nature Reserve is known for its natural, Indigenous, and European heritage values. It is located near the town of Cowan on the outskirts of Sydney’s northern suburbs and is open to the public for six weekends each year during spring; albeit, the park can be accessed outside these times for guided tours, and for educational and research purposes. This limited access results in minimal impact on the fragile ecosystem and helps preserve the cultural and natural heritage values. In 1934 John Duncan Tipper , Conservationist and Electrical Engineer, took up a lease of 600 acres of land and named the reserve ‘Muogamarra’ - a term from the Awabakal peoples of the central coast meaning to ‘preserve for the future’. Although limited access is currently in place, the park attracts up to 20,000 visitors per year. The morning of our Nura Gili ‘Day on Country’ started off with unpredictable weather. Dr Bolt received a call from the National Parks tour guide, Les McLeod at 7:30am, who suggested cancelling the trip due to pouring rain. Dr Bolt wanted to wait and when he called Les for a weather update at 9am, Les reported light rain at Muogomarra with a few patches of blue sky. We decided to make the trek and as the Bus departed UNSW in the pouring rain and arrived at Muogamarra Nature Reserve with the sun was shining. Before starting the tour Les explained the importance of putting ochre on the forehead and hands of visitors. This is to protect the visitors by letting the ancestral spirits know that they are paying their respects for spending time on country. When the walk began they briefly stopped at a small office block where Les explained that John Duncan Tipper moved it from the old NSW Government House gatehouse to Muogamarra. The next visit was the site of John Duncan Tipper’s house. Although no longer standing, they could see where the fireplace used to be and the stairs leading up to the front door. There were breathtaking views of the landscape at this vantage point which overlooked the Hawkesbury River. As they trekked down the escarpment and walked north, they observed evidence of European occupation left behind by convicts who chipped their way through the rocks with pick axes - paving the way for the old road headed north. Next stop was an Indigenous cultural heritage site that indicated the direction of a women’s site which was approximately a hundred metres into the thick scrub. Les explained that he had never been to the women’s site before as he was not permitted to go there. He then handed out some pages from various reports of earlier anthropological site surveys. This provided Nura Gili staff with earlier anthropological interpretations of the site. Les also gave his interpretation of the site, from an Indigenous perspective. The next site was a huge sandstone rock platform, where the University of Sydney conducted a research study and set up various tiles for the many insects and spiders to find refuge. Indigenous cultural heritage was also contained within this rock platform, in the form of rock engravings. There were representations of a range of objects and animals including shields, boomerangs, spears, people, whales, wallabies, culture figures – even now-extinct mega fauna. There were also some representations of the night sky. These engravings contain important information about traditional knowledge. They also served as a classroom for Aboriginal children. A little later the men in the group were asked to enter a male specific site, where they observed various other representations and discussed elements of the sacred knowledge associated with those particular sites. As staff departed the Muogamarra Nature Reserve Les showed them a site he had stumbled upon a few years back. This site was a small cave with charcoal paintings. After the tour the Nura Gili team stopped for lunch at ‘Pie in the Sky’, where many flavours were available including ‘Beef Bacon Cheese’, ‘Beef Burgundy’, ‘Lamb Honey Chilli Garlic’, ‘Lamb Honey & Rosemary’, ‘Thai Chilli Chicken’, and ‘Vegetable Pie’. Ironically, as lunch was coming to an end, the rain and wind started to pick up again. The staff quickly returned to the bus and made their trip back to UNSW. They were privileged to spend this time on country, and they would thank Mr Les McLeod for his time and effort in facilitating this important day on the Nura Gili Yearly calendar. This day was made that much more special given the amount of rain that fell immediately prior to, and after the guided tour. Next year Nura Gili will schedule another ‘Day on Country’ to ensure staff take some time to think about the work they do for Indigenous studies and Indigenous students.
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Catchy solution wins national award Educator and Centre for Social Impact student Peter Cooley has won a national award for his training program reconnecting young Indigenous Australians with their culture. Peter, who is the first Indigenous student to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, has received an Economic Development Australia Award for his program ‘Catch N Cook’, which he runs through his social business, Koori Communications and Training. Peter developed the Catch N Cook program eight years ago when he noticed the young Aboriginal people in his La Perouse community were no longer being taught how to fish and collect seafood like he had been when he was growing up. Left Peter Cooley Below: Dean Kelly & co.@ Bare Hands Launch Images courtesy Barry Leniham
The week-long program teaches participants traditional fishing methods and how to look after their fishing equipment, which they can keep afterwards. Peter feared many young Aboriginal people were losing touch with their cultural identity, and as such, encountering many problems later in life, such as crime and suicide. “I am a big believer that cultural education can assist in addressing those issues. A lot of our people are losing their way because they don’t have the tools to connect with their cultural identity,” Peter says. The program has now diversified and is offered to tourists and school groups as part of Sydney Aboriginal Tours while also providing employment opportunities to local Indigenous communities. This year Peter also established a new social enterprise, Bare Hands, to be run through this charity, First Hand Solutions. Launched in December, the focus is on developing Aboriginal tourism and promoting the intergenerational sharing of knowledge in Aboriginal communities. Peter says the skills he is gaining through the course are directly benefiting 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 Graduate Certificate 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.” This article was first published on 21 November 2013 by Cassie Chorn, UNSW Media To find out more about First Hand Solutions. see: www.firsthandsolutions.org
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This article first published by Cassie Chorn UNSW Media on15 November 2013
UNSW’s Sarah Hyland will spend a day in the top job at ANZ after winning a spot in a national competition aimed at ending Indigenous disadvantage in the workplace. As one of 10 aspiring leaders to win the GenerationOne competition, Sarah will shadow ANZ Australia CEO Philip Chronican later this month and gain valuable insight into what it’s like to lead one of Australia’s big four banks. The competition invited young Indigenous Australians to write a short statement on why they think spending the day with a CEO could assist in their career path. In her submission, Sarah wrote that she is “fascinated by how companies can be used as a vehicle for change and social good”. “It will be incredible to gauge how much of a CEO’s personal values drive the direction and social brand of a company,” she said. Since completing her UNSW Commerce degree this year, Sarah has been working as a Project Officer with Indigenous Accountants Australia, where she is devising strategies to address the underrepresentation of Indigenous Australians in the profession. “We want to help foster meaningful careers. There are some misconceptions about the career path – that it’s boring and just about numbers. So we aim to address these issues as well as cultural barriers which might exist in any field, not just accounting,” she says. Economic empowerment for Indigenous Australians has long been a passion for Sarah, who was the University’s first Indigenous Co-op Scholar to study in the Australian School of Business. While she is enjoying her current position, Sarah says she looks forward to learning more about the ANZ culture and pursuing her professional accounting qualifications in the years to come. “Companies are large and complex structures, and in the early stages of my career, society’s idea that you need to start at the bottom and work your way up is overwhelming,” she says. “The opportunity to spend a day with a CEO would be invaluable in helping me decide where I want to take my career as an Indigenous businesswoman.”
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This article published by Susi Hamilton, UNSW Media Office on 06 November 2013 Six Aboriginal women – including three sisters – graduated with postgraduate qualifications in public health from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) this week. The women continued to work full-time at the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney (AMSWS) based in Mount Druitt, while they earned their qualifications. The area is home to Australia’s largest Aboriginal population. UNSW Medicine’s Muru Marri focus is around health and wellbeing over the life span. It provided extra support through mentoring and tutoring for the AMSWS cohort. It is expected that a new group of students, from other Aboriginal health services, will start soon. Sisters Dea Delaney-Thiele and Sheila Hure both graduated with Masters of Public Health, while their older sibling Joanne Delaney and colleagues Aunty Elaine Lomas, Jennifer King and Sethy Willie received Graduate Certificates in Public Health. Most are the first in their families to gain a university degree. One of them, Dea Delaney-Thiele, has already started her Doctorate in Public Health at UNSW, among the inaugural intake into the highly competitive Future Health Leaders program. Her research will focus on culturally appropriate research protocols, using a grassroots perspective. “This has been a completely awesome experience, especially to be up there on stage with my two sisters. It was fantastic,” says Dea Delaney-Thiele. Three years ago, Ms Delaney-Thiele returned to her community of Mount Druitt, after working in Canberra for the peak body the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation for 10 years, with eight of them as CEO. “There is a lot of focus on the health of Indigenous people in rural and regional areas, but even in the city there are major problems of access,” says Ms Delaney-Thiele. “Often people don’t want to go to hospital or seek other health services because of worries about racism. That was the case with my mother – and plenty of others that I know of.” Aboriginal academic and UNSW Professor of Public Health, Lisa Jackson Pulver says: “Training Aboriginal people to take the lead in Indigenous health care is essential to capacity building and empowerment. “Usually the policy makers in Aboriginal affairs are non-Indigenous, but UNSW is quietly growing qualified Indigenous leaders in collaboration with employers and health services,” says Professor Jackson Pulver, who is a Director of Muru Marri. UNSW has established residential scholarships for Indigenous medical students to support their studies, among other initiatives. UNSW has the country’s largest number of Indigenous medical students, with 56 students currently enrolled here out of a total of 260 nationwide. Another 10 are engaged in postgraduate degrees with UNSW Medicine.
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Congratulations Duane! Nura Giliâ€™s Dr Duane has been awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Project Title: "Exploring Astronomical Knowledge and Traditions in the Torres Strait" Project Outline: The astronomical knowledge of Indigenous people across the world has gained much significance as scientists continue to unravel the embedded knowledge in material culture and oral traditions. As social scientists gain a stronger role in emerging scholarship on Indigenous astronomy, growing evidence of celestial knowledge is being rediscovered in artefacts, iconography, document archives, literature, folklore, music, language, and performances. For this project, I will study how Islanders understood and used astronomy for practical and social purposes in the past and present. The project will involve studying over 1500 published literary sources, then visiting libraries and museums across Australia and Europe to explore the archives for artefacts, historical documents, and artworks relating Islander culture to the stars. I will then spend several months in the Torres Strait learning from the communities. This will be the first comprehensive study of the astronomical traditions of Torres Strait Islanders and will add to the growing body of knowledge regarding Australian Indigenous astronomy.
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The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, with 9 outstanding faculties that offer courses in a range of different study areas, UNSW is a great choice to undertake your degree. At UNSW, we take pride in the broad range and high quality of our teaching programs. Our teaching gains strength and currency from our research activities, strong industry links and our international nature; UNSW has a strong regional and global engagement. In developing new ideas and promoting lasting knowledge we are creating an academic environment where outstanding students and scholars from around the world can be inspired to excel in their programs of study and research. Partnerships with both local and global communities allow UNSW to share knowledge, debate and research outcomes. UNSW’s public events include concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics. With 9 outstanding faculties, over 300 study areas, located in one of the best cities in the world, over 50,000 students from every country in the world and commitment to Indigenous education and research ‘make UNSW your first choice’ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Arts and Social Sciences is a recognised leader in arts, social sciences and, humanities teaching and research. With leading academics and industry experts, we offer you professionally relevant degrees and internationally recognised research opportunities. Study Areas: Arts, Australian Studies, Criminology, Dance, English, Film, History, International Studies, Indigenous Studies, Journalism, Languages and Linguistics, Media, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Secondary Education, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre and Performance Studies. arts.unsw.edu.au Australian School of Business Recognised as one of the top business schools in Australia, our business degrees have been designed for the very best students, and suit a variety of career aspirations and interests. We offer you a flexible and creative teaching environment that ensures learning is cutting edge, and will connect you with some of Australia’s leading business experts to support your professional ambitions. Study Areas: Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing and Taxation, asb.unsw.edu.au Faculty of Built Environment Built Environment is where the brightest students from around the world converge to study design, planning, construction, management and impacts of man-made buildings and infrastructure. We focus on the design, management and delivery of the 21st-century city and all its landscape, interiors, urban fabric and industrial design. Study Areas: Architectural Computing, Architectural Studies, Construction Management and Property, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning be.unsw.edu.au
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College of Fine Arts (Paddington Campus) As Australia’s premier Art, Design and Media school, COFA will help you unleash your creative potential, develop your skills and carve a niche that will set you up for a successful life as a professional artist. Study Areas: Art, Art Education, Art History, Design, Media Arts, Fine Arts cofa.unsw.edu.au Faculty of Engineering The Faculty of Engineering at UNSW is the largest in Australia, with the widest range of undergraduate degree choices, numerous scholarships and strong links to industry. We offer you 26 undergraduate degrees as well as several dual degrees. You will have the opportunity to take part in various student-led projects such as building solar cars; designing formula-style racing cars; and competing in the international Robocup soccer league. Our graduates are professionally accredited to work in Australia and around the world, and are offered jobs in the private sector, consulting, finance, government, academia and more. Study Areas: Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Mining Engineering, Software Engineering, Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering Petroleum Engineering eng.unsw.edu.au Faculty of Law UNSW Law School offers the highest-rated law degree in Australia. Founded over 40 years ago, we constantly strive to lead and inspire change through public engagement and outstanding research. We will enable you to apply a rigorous, socially-responsible legal education to a diversity of careers. Study Areas: Law law.unsw.edu.au UNSW Medicine UNSW Medicine is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious medical schools and offer innovative and unique teaching with links to some of Australia’s leading teaching hospitals, in both urban and rural NSW. We have an enviable track record in cutting-edge medical research and provide facilities that are world class. The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology is a recent addition to the Faculty’s well-established six-year undergraduate Medicine curriculum leading to the awards of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS). Study Areas: Medicine, Exercise Physiology med.unsw.edu.au Faculty of Science The Faculty of Science offers specialist degrees such as Psychology, Optometry, and Medicinal Chemistry, as well as degrees that allow students to explore the breadth of science before selecting a major. If you have a curious mind, want to learn from world renowned researchers and need a degree that is relevant to current issues, look no further than Science at UNSW Study Areas: Anatomy, Aviation, Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Food Science, Genetics, Geography, Marine Science, Materials Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Medical Science, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Optometry and Vision Science Pathology, Pharmacology, Physics, Psychology, Physiology science.unsw.edu.au Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW Canberra) At the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, UNSW offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business, engineering, science, and technology as part of training for midshipmen and officer cadets of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Study Areas: Arts, Business, Engineering, Science unsw.adfa.edu.au
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“I want students to walk away from us believing that they have the ability to be anything they want to be as long as they have a dream and they never give up” Leearna Williams.
Each year Nura Gili attends Indigenous and non-Indigenous careers expos and conducts our ‘Light and Fire’ presentations at schools and TAFEs as part of our Recruitment and Outreach activities. We travel throughout Sydney and across Regional NSW. The careers expos provide us with the opportunity to share information about Nura Gili and UNSW with prospective students and members of the community. Nura Gili invites schools, TAFEs, individuals and organisations to visit our Kensington campus where we conduct our presentation with you, including a tour of the UNSW campus. Visit us at Balnaves place- Home of Nura Gili and we will provide you with a great opportunity to learn firsthand more about Nura Gili’s programs, entry pathways and all about the different programs you can study with us Let us know if would like us to have a stall at or your school, TAFE, organisation or expo and if you would like to visit us here on campus Leearna Williams Nura Gili Student Recruitment Officer For more information please contact: Nura Gili on (02) 9385 3805 or email email@example.com
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Nura Gili provides pathways to learning opportunities that embrace Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories. Nura Gili strives for excellence in educational services and works towards assuring participation and access to all the programs it offers. The staff and students at Nura Gili support community outreach programs to actively spread the message of the availability of tertiary studies. Staff and students also work to promote the centrality of arts, culture and heritage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - throughout UNSW and the wider community. The words Nura Gili are from the language of the Eora Nation, Nura meaning â€˜place' and Gili meaning â€˜fire/light'. Nura Gili at UNSW brings together these concepts to create the meaning â€˜place of fire and light'. The theme of place remains important to the many cultures of Indigenous Australia. The University of New South Wales acknowledges and recognises the very place that we have all come together to work, share, study and learn as the traditional lands of three separate Aboriginal communities: the Bedegal ( Kensington campus), Gadigal (City and College of Fine Arts Campuses) and the Ngunnawal people (Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra). The site of UNSW is located near an 8000 year old campsite around which the people of the area taught culture, history and subsistence. From an age old past through to the present the site holds significance as a place for gathering, meeting, teaching and sharing. The concept of a fireplace and fire in general reflects the warm, relaxed and nurturing environment created by age-old fires many years ago, and recreated today by the staff and students of Nura Gili. The shared inspiration , drive and purpose for the staff and students of Nura Gili is that they belong to a community on campus where there is a fire burning, where people come together to share, as has been done for thousands of years. Nura Gili values the potential that education can offer, and with the theme of the fireplace in mind, we invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather, learn and share together, to light a torch of their own, to guide them, and light their way as they create their own journey.
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Published on Dec 18, 2013
This month’s Nura Gili News celebrates our students and graduates who continue to champion their dreams across many fields and endeavours; s...