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vol 7 issue 1 Apr 2013
13 Visit from Yunggorendi Kelly-Anne Browne The ITP team invited Roland Wilson, Lecturer and Academic Advisor at Flinders Universitys Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research, to visit the NT Medical Program. Yunggorendi, based in Adelaide, provides a focal point for Indigenous students, encouraging and supporting students participation and success in higher education. Roland visited NTMP for several days during Year 1 Orientation Week in February 2013. Roland met NTMP staff and NTMP Year 1 students and also caught up with continuing students. Roland is a Wiradjuri man from a small farming community called Hay in outback NSW. Rolands work has a particular emphasis on Health Sciences students. Yunggorendi have had enormous success in recruiting a large number of Indigenous students throughout the Health Sciences degrees, and are particularly excited about the large number of students studying medicine in the NT and Adelaide. Overall, Yunggorendi has over 70 students in undergraduate and post-graduate health sciences this year. Roland has a particular affinity with the medical students. Through his own, and his wifes experiences (who is now a Senior Medical Officer) Roland understands the demands of medical study, and the significant sacrifices that come with studying and working as a junior doctor. Indigenous Transition Pathways to Medicine News The Long Walk Womens Luncheon Lila Loveard Members of the ITP team attended the Long Walk Womens Luncheon, held in Darwin during February at the Holiday Inn. The Long Walk is a charity inspired by Michael Longs walk to Canberra to get the lives of Indigenous people back on the national agenda. Funds raised through the Women's Luncheon contribute to The Long Walk's Cultural Exchange which aims to encourage the sharing of knowledge between urban and remote communities to promote resilience and cultural renewal, as well as providing professional and economic development opportunities. The Long Walks Cultural Exchange has provided beneficial results including skills exchange for over 40 women and girls from the Wadeye community and across Victoria, a retail outlet for Palngun Wurnangat baskets and bags, the regeneration of string making across Victorian Aboriginal communities and significantly, school aged girls returning to complete their secondary education while continuing to make bags and string like their grandmothers did. Above: l-r Roland Wilson, Yunggorendi; Bilawara Lee, NTMP Elder on Campus, and Kelli McIntosh, Year 1 NTMP student. Above: l-r Shane Motlap, Cheryl Davis and Bev Councillor at the Long Walk Womens Luncheon in Darwin 13