"The Oorala Centre has kept me going when I doubted my ability or why I even was at Uni. My only advice is if you have a dream and desire let nothing get in your way of achieving it!"

Emma McKenzie - Bachelor of Nursing

"My goal for what I want to achieve with my degree is helping those who are disadvantaged in rural communities."

Kerby Siemsen - Bachelor of Medicine Joint Medical Program (JMP)

"TRACKS got me ready to go into my undergraduate degree with confidence and I also know that the Oorala Centre's staff are there to support me throughout my degree."

Michael Kirk - Bachelor of Education

Stories in the Media

Indigenous scholarship winner explores study options overseas: Anaiwan woman Grace Gillard is exploring postgraduate study options in the United States of America and the United Kingdom on an Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour scholarship from the Aurora Education Foundation.

Peer support smooths the way for TRACKS students: While Dawn Lewis is a high-achieving student her experience at university has not always been smooth sailing.  She admits to being a bit thrown when Program Coordinator and TRACKS Tertiary Preparation Program Academic, Kate Carter, approached her to be a mentor in the program. (24 July 2019)

Making TRACKS towards her degree: Balie McCormack's journey towards tertiary education had an inauspicious start but is firm testament to her determination and ability to grow and rise to new challenges. (21 June 2019)

May sees an influx of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students visit UNE: Together UNE, Oorala and AIME support our kids to be proud of who they are and to explore every opportunity presented to them such as these unique UNE Indigenous learning experiences. (20 May 2019)

Opportunity to make a difference: UNE criminology graduate, Kaitlyn Sawtell, always knew that one day she wanted to be in a position where she could make a difference. (7 May 2019)

From shearing shed to medical graduate: Kerby is the first female Aboriginal student and only the second Aboriginal medical student to graduate from UNE’s School of Rural Medicine since the introduction of the Joint Medical Program in 2008. What makes Kerby’s achievement even more special is that she did not finish high school and had to complete a TAFE tertiary preparation course before she could consider tertiary education. (25 October 2018)

First-in-family “had a go”, and graduated: “The first year was really, really hard and I failed quite a few units, but I hit back in my second year and passed every unit after that,” Michael said. “It was a case of finding my feet, and the style of study and organisation that suited me. It’s been an up-and-down ride, but I knew from first-hand experience the positive difference that teachers could make." (24 April 2018)