Master of Psychology (Clinical), 2016
While she never intentionally set out to pursue a career in academia, Ruby Warber has completed two masters degrees, a PhD is on the horizon, and she has two prestigious, highly competitive academic scholarships to her name. Ruby grew up in rural Western Australia as a descendent of the Noongar people, and moved to Melbourne for university and later to take up a social worker position with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS). Ruby’s aim was to qualify as a clinician to work with her Aboriginal community and close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. She is currently working as a psychologist with the Koori Kids program at VAHS. Ruby has also spent considerable time giving back to her community through volunteering at ACU’s Jim-baa-yer Indigenous Higher Education Unit, delivering psychoeducational workshops to a women’s prison, and presenting sex education programs at a local high school.
About this award
Recognises an alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and made a difference in strengthening cultural connections respecting traditional rights, values and cultural heritage. This category is open to all ACU graduates and projects that are making a difference.
Nominees for this award must demonstrate evidence of attributes that are aligned with the ACU University Mission and include being ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.
Nominees must comply with all of the following eligibility and selection criteria:
- Australian and international graduates of ACU and predecessor institutions are eligible for this award.
- Demonstrated significant contribution to the enrichment and benefit of the community.