As a psychology student, I am aware that experience in the field is critical for both personal and professional development and this is why I began thinking about completing an internship with Aurora.
Originally from the Torres Strait, I moved to Brisbane a couple of years ago to attend university to become a Social Worker. I study at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and am currently in my third year with one more year left to go.
I decided at the start of this year that I would become more proactive in my own individual development. For the past few years as a uni student, I had watched as others were given great opportunities and promoted the various organisations that they had been involved with.
Over the winter break, I had an amazing opportunity to undertake an Aurora Commonwealth funded internship and travel to the remote Aboriginal community of Wadeye, in the Northern Territory. Wadeye has a population of approximately 3000 people from seven language group and 20 clans.
When I received a confirmation email about my Aurora winter 2018 internship placement I was overwhelmed as I didn’t believe I would be awarded anything as a second-year nursing student.
Moving over from Fremantle, Western Australia to Melbourne, I was given the opportunity to complete an Aurora internship with VACCHO throughout the semester.
The journey to my Aurora internship started 4 years ago when I visited Perth for the Global Health Conference, run by the Australian Medical Students Association. A speaker talked about the ‘Outback Vision Van’ a new initiative to bring ophthalmology services to the people of Western Australia.