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Transforming Indigenous Higher Education
Privileging Culture, Identity and Self-Determination

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ISBN 9781032346946
February 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An engaging guide for future best-practice, this book provides an illuminating account of how the innovative programs of education and research at one Centre for Aboriginal Studies made a demonstrably positive difference in the lives of Indigenous students. 

Written by the experts involved, the book provides detailed descriptions of these ground-breaking education and research programs that saw an increase in the number of Indigenous graduates emerging from the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University. Each chapter documents a different stage in the development and delivery of these programs and demonstrates how innovative and culturally appropriate principles of teaching, learning and organizational processes empowered participants to make a real difference in the lives of their families and communities. The book also addresses the challenges faced by such programs and the counterproductive pressures of market-based economic policies, highlighting the need to create an environment attuned to Aboriginal desires for social justice, self-management and self-determination. 

As a celebration of genuine success in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and a guide on how to improve practice in the future, this book is an essential resource for all professionals and policy makers looking to make a real difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples. 

Table of Contents

1. Enhancing Aboriginal Access to Higher Education 1976-1986 2. A Centre for Aboriginal Studies: Education for Self-Management and Self-Determination 1985-1989 3. Decolonizing Aboriginal Course and Program Development 1987-1997 4. Empowering Indigenous People: The power of educational innovation 1989-1995 5. Situating Indigenous Knowledges within the University 1996-2006 6. Changing Policies and Priorities: The University as a Corporation in the 21st Century 7. The Challenges of the Future: Incorporating Aboriginal Strengths and Resilience

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Marion Kickett is a Nyungar Balardong woman who was Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University 2012–2021. Following an extended nursing career she entered the university as Lecturer in the Aboriginal Community Health Program, lecturing in Aboriginal Health and Culture for 21 years. She has received many awards for innovation and excellence in teaching.

Pat Dudgeon Ph.D. is a Bardi woman from West Australia who was Head of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University 1989–2006. As Professor at the School of Indigenous Studies at University of Western Australia, she has served on numerous national health bodies, and her work has been nationally recognized by appointment to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences as a Fellow 2021.

Trevor Satour is a community and stakeholder engagement specialist with Ninti One, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service organization. He lives in the Northern Territory of Australia where he has family affiliations with Gurindji and Southern Arrernte peoples. Trevor was the first Director at the Curtin University Centre for Aboriginal Studies and worked with the original founding group.

Darryl Kickett is a Noongar man whose wide community experience provided a rich grounding for the innovative programs emerging from the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University. Head of that Centre 1988–1989 he then became Senior Advisor to the Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the CEO of the Western Australian Community Controlled Health Organization 2000–2005.

Anita Lee Hong is a Butchulla woman who, from a background in Human Rights and Equal Opportunity agencies, worked as Lecturer and Program Coordinator at the Curtin Centre for Aboriginal Studies before becoming Director of the Centre 2006–2010. She later served as Professorial Director of Oodgeroo Unit at the University of Queensland 2010–2019.

Glenis Grogan is an Aboriginal woman from North Queensland. After an extended nursing career, Glenis became a central figure in the development of highly innovative Aboriginal Health programs at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin Universities. In recent years she has worked tirelessly in a community-based health organization to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people in the region they serve.

Dennis Eggington is a Nyoongar man from Western Australia. A tireless human rights campaigner he has been CEO of the WA Aboriginal Legal Service since 1996. He holds a Master of Human Rights Education and is widely respected throughout Australia for his unwavering commitment to justice for our First Nations Peoples.

Jill Adbullah is a Wudjari woman. Employed as National Secretary to the Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Conference she later became Coordinator of the inaugural Postgraduate Program at the Curtin Centre for Aboriginal Studies 1996–2002. She later worked as Human Development Manager in the mining industry in Western Australia and became the 1996 NAIDOC Scholar of the Year.

Melony Darroch gained extensive experience in policy, compliance and finance with the Aboriginal Development Commission and as Business Services Manager in a Regional office of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). She later worked in the Kaata-Wangkinyiny Regional Council of ATSIC. These provided the professional basis for her current position as Business Manager at the Curtin Centre for Aboriginal Studies.

Rae-Lee Griffin (née Warner) is a Nyinka/Jaro woman from Derby in Western Australia. Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Master of Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies (pending). Roles at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies: Academic Support, Unit/Course Coordinator, Lecturer/Indigenous Academic and Interim Deputy Director and a Research collaboration with the Department of Justice Youth Justice Psychological Clinical Programs.

Roz Walker is a principal research fellow at University of Western Australia and Murdoch University. She was deeply involved in the development of highly innovative Aboriginal programs at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University, has published extensively in the field and gained an APHA Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions in Aboriginal research.

Ernie Stringer contributed to the development of many of the early programs at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University 1984–2002, engaging in a wide range of community-based research initiatives that served Aboriginal agencies and communities across Western Australia. He has extended experience as Visiting Professor/Scholar at US universities and has published 11 major texts in the field of action research.