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Ngiyani Yana Residential Scholarship Program
In 2010, Medicines Australia announced its sponsorship of two Indigenous medical students through the Shalom Gamarada Ngiyani Yana Residential Scholarship Program. In 2012, Medicines Australia announced the funding of a further two students.
The long-term aim of the program is to increase the number of Aboriginal health professionals who will work in Indigenous communities and help improve their health outcomes. The program results from collaboration between Shalom College, the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, Nura Gili Indigenous Programs and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW. It commenced with one student moving into Shalom College in January 2005. It has grown rapidly since then and, in 2012, has 24 Indigenous students living at Shalom College under Shalom Gamarada scholarships.
Laura Fitzgerald 2010
A member of the Muruwari People
Laura said, “I grew up in Canberra, but my family comes from Muruwari country in Northern NSW and Southern QLD. Attending UNSW is a significant opportunity for me as my siblings and I are the first generation of our mother’s family to go to University. The Shalom Gamarada Scholarship has made this achievement possible. Without this scholarship I would not have been able to live on campus and I would have struggled to complete my studies.” In 2011 Laura completed her ISP (Individual Study Program), which involved setting-up a follow-up clinic for trauma patients at St George Hospital and evaluating how effective this was for patient outcomes.
Brendan Phillips 2010-2011
A member of the Gumbayngirr People
Brendan attended Coffs Harbour High School, where he served as Vice Captain. While at high school, he was involved in student leadership for Koori kids. As Brendan is continuing his medical degree at the UNSW Coffs Harbour Medical School, he is no longer a resident of the Shalom College. Medicines Australia sponsorship of Brendan ceased in 2011.
Brylie Frost 2011
A member of the Awabakal People
Brylie graduated from St Catherine’s School in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. She received an Indigenous scholarship and resided there as a full time boader. She won numerous leadership and academic awards and played competitive hockey. Brylie hopes to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. She is the only one in her family to have completed her HSC.
Luke Walker 2012
A member of the Wiradjuri People
Luke was elected school captain of Narromine High School from which he graduated in 2011. He also received the Citizen of the Year Award. Luke’s dream is to become a GP specialist and strive “…to remove the inequality around health care in rural/remote areas to Indigenous people.”
Maiysha Craig 2012
A member of the Gumbaynggirr People
Maiysha began studying nursing in her home town of Coffs Harbour, but soon discovered that her real passion was for medicine. After working for a period to save some money she made the move to Sydney. Maiysha says “I have a strong connection with my Indigenous heritage and I’m passionate about Indigenous health issues. I have spent the last six months working with the local Indigenous Elders of Coffs Harbour area, so I have seen firsthand just how shocking Indigenous health is. After graduating in medicine, I hope to gain an internship and residency in a rural area, then go on to specialise in general practice and work in rural and remote area and especially in Indigenous communities.”