Danila Dilba Health Services

One of my favourite things about the work here is the sheer variety of work that we’re doing. It demonstrates how much of a beneficial effect that a holistic understanding of people and the community has on addressing issues that beset our Aboriginal communities and peoples today – and it has been a pleasure to learn from an organization such as Danila Dilba.

Amanda Brooker, DDHS

Overall my experience in Darwin has been challenging, interesting and eye opening. I know that the experience I have gained will stand me in good stead for my future career.

Ondine Baker, DDHS

I gained many new skills and a great insight into the life and expectations of a policy officer, and will take this experience with me into my future career endeavours.

Samantha Anjou, DDHS

My experiences at DDHS in terms of the variety of work I was able to undertake, the freedom to direct my work into areas I have a particular interest in, the opportunity to attend full day cultural awareness training and the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the challenges that Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations under the guidance and support of my supervisors and mentors, was such a highlight of my time as an Aurora Intern.

Amanda Brooker, DDHS

I’ve been exposed to how Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations work and what they aim to achieve. I’ve been exposed to the research and science that informs a lot of the royal commission recommendations and I’ve been given the freedom to delve deeper into the causes of social disadvantage and health problems which need to inform our approach to Aboriginal over-representation in the justice and care and protection systems.  My placement at Danila Dilba has been truly incredible. All of the staff are dedicated to their work, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the aims of the organisation and about Aboriginal health and wellbeing in general - it is truly inspiring.

Amanda Brooker, DDHS

The most rewarding time I had at Danila Dilba Health Service was to see how the service has the ability to save lives. People who are disengaged with main stream health care are contacted by Danila Dilba to provide essential services. There is a partnership between Danila Dilba and ATSI people that has been established over a long time and I enjoyed to see on a daily basis the trust and respect that the service has to keep safe and protect ATSI people.

Kristina Zillhardt, DDHS

In the past 6 weeks, I have done a lot of reflecting and I have recognised within myself that this is the area I want to work, especially in the NT. I’d like to thank you all for this incredible opportunity, it would not have been possible without all your hard work. Aurora is such an incredible organisation that is assisting in shaping students outlooks on life and future careers paths, so thank you all

Ruby Nunan-Jackson , DDHS

The work was also very interesting - working on stuff to do with the Royal Commission was extremely valuable in understanding social issues in the NT and also feeling like I was contributing to something important.  I feel like this is the best place to be to better understand social issues.

Sophie Momber , DDHS

My internship reminded me of the importance of my law degree and the power and responsibility that comes with it. It’s definitely an area I am committed to working in and I’ve never felt so inspired and engaged in a job before.

Maddy Wonders, DDHS

I believe that I had both personal and professional aspects of my placement that were rewarding. The best aspects of the internship program was being able to gain real life work experience in Indigenous affairs. Without this experience, I believe that it would be extremely hard to apply for jobs or gain a career in this area.

Hannah Barber, DDHS