The Aboriginal Legal Service and child protection
I first learnt of the Aurora Internship Program through a university careers handbook for law students – which published an article about working in native title law.
The journey to my Aurora internship started 4 years ago when I visited Perth for the Global Health Conference, run by the Australian Medical Students Association. A speaker talked about the ‘Outback Vision Van’ a new initiative to bring ophthalmology services to the people of Western Australia.
In the summer of 2018 I was fortunate enough to undertake a six-week internship placement through the Aurora Internship Program. I applied for an Aurora Internship through the social sciences stream after graduating from the University of Western Australia with a major in Archaeology.
Please note that the term ‘Aboriginal’ will be used to be inclusive of the terms ‘Torres Strait Islander’ and ‘Indigenous,’ unless otherwise stated.
Five weeks interning at Central Desert Native Title Services (Central Desert) provided a great insight into both the operation of native title law and the continuity of law and culture of Western Desert people.