I am a Wotjobaluk woman and was born and raised in Wagga Wagga (Wiradjuri country). For the past three and a half years I have worked as a Project Officer at the Sax Institute on the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). SEARCH is a partnership between researchers, the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and four NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. The Study is collecting information on ear infections, speech development, mental health, injury, environmental health, risk factors for later chronic disease, and use of health services. SEARCH has recruited more than 1500 children and their families, making it Australia’s largest long-term study of the health and wellbeing of urban Aboriginal Children. Prior to this, I worked as an Aboriginal Research Officer conducting fieldwork for SEARCH and as an Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Worker in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service. I completed the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion at The University of Sydney and am in my final semester of my Masters of Public Health. I love working with the Poche Centre as I’ve got to meet lots of amazing people who are doing great things for Aboriginal communities across Australia. The support I have received from the Poche Centre for my Masters of Public Health has really helped me get to my last semester and everyone there makes you feel very welcome and motivates you to want to achieve the best you can. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing people!
Masters of Public Health, University of Sydney