A helping hand for scholarship winners

Published: Thursday 12th June 2014

Ruby Warner

Ruby Warber relocated to Melbourne from the country town of Collie in Western Australia at just 17, to pursue her dream of becoming a clinical psychologist. Now 25 and in her second year of a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at ACU, she is well on the way to achieving her goal.

“Collie is beautiful country, but I moved away to study and follow my heart. My mother instilled in me a strong sense of ambition, and it was with her support I was able to take this huge step.”

Ruby said she hoped to work with the Aboriginal Health Service, and focus on starting a support group for young women – as an ambassador for social and emotional wellbeing. She would also like to work towards educating non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait healthcare workers about culturally appropriate care.

Ruby was recently awarded the Wexford Senate Bursary scholarship – established by the Australian members of the Wexford Senate to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking postgraduate study at ACU.

Ruby is one of 169 students who have received scholarships and bursaries across ACU’s Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney campuses in 2014.