Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Stories

ACU Lecturer Dr Doseena Fergie talks about completing her PhD studies with the ACU Indigenous Staff Research Scholarship Program, through which she studied postnatal depression in Aboriginal women. Hear about her achievements in midwifery and public health, including being acknowledged on the Victorian Honour Roll for Women and being awarded a Churchill Fellowship which will allow her to take her work worldwide.

ACU Cultural Mentor Cassandra Gibbs talks about how her work at Yalbalinga Indigenous Higher Education Unit is demonstrating to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people how University is a place for them, and how tertiary education is making a difference to communities.

An ACU Midwifery Lecturer talks about her role in the Away From Base which supports Indigenous women from all over Australia to become midwives and make difference for mothers and babies in their communities.

ACU Administration Officer David Pitt explains how the First Peoples and Equity Pathways Directorate creates a culturally-supportive environment that enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to overcome barriers and achieve their dreams. His son Nathan, a first-year Psychology student, talks about how ACU is facilitating his interest in providing outreach mental health support to remote communities. He shares how a tutoring program offered through the Weemala Indigenous Higher Education Unit has helped to get his studies off to an excellent start.

Director of First Peoples and Equity Pathways Jane Ceolin talks about the support offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the Indigenous Higher Education Units on ACU campuses. She also gives an overview of how the University is working to embed Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum, and into community life on campus.

Abbi Beetson and Marianne Chauvet talk about undertaking the first Indigenous Traineeship in ACU Library. Abbi talks about studying a Diploma of Library and Information Services while working in ACU Strathfield Library, and how ACU provides a culturally supportive environment.

ACU Media and Communications Officer Kristy Porter on why she loves working here and telling the inspiring stories of our students and staff. Hear about the supports ACU offers for staff.

ACU Management Accountant Alex Graham talks about how opportunities at ACU enabled him to complete his CPA and progress his career.