What Indigenous interns say

I feel that the most 'rewarding' aspects of my placement was the opportunity to gain knowledge in different areas of health related topics, broaden my knowledge of the health issues that Aboriginal people face and to further my skills in research areas. I feel as though the knowledge I have gained will support me in some ways with my future career as a nurse.

Kae Cox, AHCWA

It has been one of the most rewarding and uplifting experiences I have encountered, the culture and inspiration I have gained from being here has been immense.

Taylor McLean, St John Ambulance

My experience at SNAICC has been eye opener for me, being a community sector worker and now seeing through difference lens of Indigenous Affairs around 'children rights' for families and communities.

Sherilee Kartinyeri, SNAICC

I'm grateful for the National Justice Project's dedication to developing my own legal skills and knowledge. I was invited to these meetings, not simply to participate or write notes, but for my own personal learning. This is knowledge that doesn’t only benefit me as an individual, but is a foundation for skills that I hope to share with my community.

Carly Baque, NJP

Whilst this experience was extremely fulfilling it is not one that I could have funded on my own. I am extremely grateful that I was able to secure a Commonwealth scholarship that paid for my flights and accommodation.

Tyler O’Brien, NQLC

I experienced many firsts including the highs of bringing people back to life and the lows of suicide and fatal MVA’s.  Along the way St Johns continually providing essential peer support services to our entire team.   It has been a hugely surreal journey to have experienced but one I continue to reflect on.   

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

It’s been great to not only learn about Paramedic practice here but also to work within Aboriginal communities.  While I have studies them at uni, there is really nothing that can prepare you for how big the education and health gaps are in these communities until you are here.  For me it’s been a true learning experience. 

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

The Aurora program is water tight! Your care and concern for all interns is astounding. I just want to express my deepest gratitude for the experience. The best aspects were meeting other interns and exposure to the native title and land rights sector.

Militza Banach-Wightman, FNLRS (formerly NTSV)

I am truly grateful for this experience and I believe I have made many memories during my stay.

Brenna O. Bernardino, First Peoples Health Unit

I was in awe of the work that NAAJA does to help the Northern Territories Indigenous population across all these sections, and was glad that I had the opportunity to experience this. Being a woman with Aboriginal heritage myself, it felt good to be able to do work that directly affected my community.  This internship made me feel like I was putting all I have learnt through my life experiences, and through university in Melbourne, to practice. I felt like a valid member of the team.

Kassie McAlear, NAAJA