Sophie Murray- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Representative Report for July

Board Member Activity Report – Sophie Murray

Month of July

Summary of activity

This month was largely about celebrating NAIDOC Week and the upcoming Census. In the lead up to NAIDOC Week I often do a lot of work networking and providing feedback about events, this year I was lucky enough to attend the SAHMRI Open Day to hear about the research which they are conducting in regards to Aboriginal Health.

In addition to this I attended the USASA Team Planning day, where we worked on some future planning and also held a meeting to discuss some items which needed approval. At the end of the day we also participated in a Public Speaking workshop which was very informative.

Another focus this month was in regards to the upcoming Census, I met with a representative who is currently working to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s participation in this as it effects community funding. I have since distributed information which busts the ‘myths’ to current students.

1/7/16- Met with the Program Director of Midwifery

  • Discussed the challenges and obstacles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolling in this program, and how we can overcome these.

3-19/7/16 – Celebrated NAIDOC Week!

5/7/16 Attended a USASA Team Planning Day

7/7/16 Attended SAHMRI Open Day

8/7/16 Attended an Academic Review for (CIL)

21/7/16 Assisted with the O Week Stall

21/7/16 Met with a Census Representative

-in regards to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s participation in the survey

22/7/16 Attended Academic Board Meeting

27/7/16 Met with a staff member from CIL

-in regards to the DBIC and DMAG programs, there are growing concerns in regards to the longevity and staffing of these programs.

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