Over the winter break, I had an amazing opportunity to undertake an Aurora Commonwealth funded internship and travel to the remote Aboriginal community of Wadeye, in the Northern Territory. Wadeye has a population of approximately 3000 people from seven language group and 20 clans.
I am a proud Gamilaroi/Ularoi woman from Walgett in NSW. I have always had a passion for my culture and our ongoing struggle for human rights as Aboriginal people.
As a Master of Social Work student in my final year at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) I have been committed throughout my studies to developing my knowledge and capacity to help achieve better social justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
I applied for the Aurora Internship Program as an international development student with not a lot of exposure to working with an Aboriginal organisation, but a passion for social justice and a desire to learn more in a work environment.
I’ve been in Melbourne for 3 years undertaking my bachelor’s degree. As a Development Studies student, I always consider working in the Indigenous sector a great way to start my career; when I found about the Aurora Internship Program I didn’t hesitate to apply.
Since moving to Australia I have been drawn to the Kimberley, and hence the thought of undertaking an internship there has been on my mind since beginning law school.
The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) is recognised as the peak New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal organisation to offer child protection and out-of-home care policy advice.