What Indigenous interns say

This experience has really highlighted the inequities and systemic problems that underline the current system and continue to further the disproportionate over-representation of Indigenous children in the child protection area. Following my internship, I actually have a greater sense of pride in my cultural identity and feel more empowered to advocate in this area.

 

Sophie Heath, SNAICC

Being Torres Strait Islander, the most rewarding aspects were interning in an environment where people looked, sounded and thought like me. People knew how to pronounce my surname! It was really amazing being immersed in my culture and I learnt so much. It was incredibly affirming work, and the role and aspirations of GBK aligned with my values too. It was a privilege to meet and work with the team. The internship demonstrated the importance of surrounding yourself with people who care about you, your culture and living life at a slower pace.  The best aspect was being able to connect with powerful First Nations' organisations who are doing the ground work in their communities.

Kathryn Dorante, GBK

My learning has been very rich indeed in terms of looking back at history how it has created policy and legislation and where we as a Nation are sitting and where do we go from here. 

Kizzy Smith, DLGSCI-ACHWA

It’s been great to not only learn about Paramedic practice here but also to work within Aboriginal communities.  While I have studies them at uni, there is really nothing that can prepare you for how big the education and health gaps are in these communities until you are here.  For me it’s been a true learning experience. 

Carrington Bond, St John Ambulance

I have really enjoyed my internship with ASLWA working in family law unit. The experience was definitely beneficial to my future career aspirations.

Fiona Middleton-Gala, ALSWA

Interning at VACCHO has presented me with so many great learning opportunities and greater insight into Indigenous affairs and policy. This internship has given me enough insight, experience, motivation and inspiration to want to pursue a career into policy for Indigenous equality, so again thank you Aurora for your constant support throughout.

Sheneise Hall, VACCHO

The First Peoples Health Unit is an amazing organisation, with all the people involved so passionate about Indigenous health, academic achievements and belonging. The most rewarding aspects of my placement was the cultural knowledge I was able to gain from speaking to other Indigenous people, attending cultural tours and simply researching the area of cultural safety.  It showed me how crucial and important Indigenous research on health was to closing the gap.  As I am Indigenous myself, it allowed me to be more in touch with my heritage and allowed me to feel connected to other Aboriginal people and the environment in a way I have never felt before, and I am extremely grateful for that. It has improved my confidence, social skills and overall development as a person after gaining so much cultural knowledge and respect for Indigenous culture. I gained much more than just professional experience.

Makayla Jennings, First Peoples Health Unit

I have really enjoyed my time here at AIATSIS. This experience has been a positive one and I'm so glad I spent the winter at AIATSIS. 

Lucy Schroeder, AIATSIS

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

My internship and ongoing paid work has been an incredible time of growth for me as a future professional in the health field. I have also realised that I already possess many skills needed to perform satisfactorily in the workplace, such as communication skills, and an ability to connect with Indigenous clients and organisations. This has given me great confidence in my ability to be a member of a workplace associated with Indigenous health.

Caleb Rivers, AHCWA