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Aboriginal Health Equity
5 February, 2020

Beach Energy providing STEM support for Indigenous leaders

Aboriginal Health Equity

SAHMRI is partnering with Beach Energy to launch a multi-pronged development program for talented young Indigenous students to become the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders of tomorrow.

The head of SAHMRI’s Aboriginal Health Equity (Wardliparingga) theme, Professor Alex Brown, says the Beach Energy STEM Pathways Program will benefit not just the students themselves, but research as a whole.

“Having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities lead research about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities is vital, yet they remain underrepresented across the health and medical research sector,” Professor Brown said.

“There will be opportunities for students across the education spectrum including secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate as well as an internship component.”

Beach Energy’s Managing Director, Matt Kay, says his organisation shares SAHMRI’s commitment to excellence through innovation and delivering respectful programs through teamwork and integrity.

“We aim to support the communities we are part of by contributing to positive health, safety and wellbeing,” he said.

“With SAHMRI, we are connecting custodians of the areas where we operate to opportunities in Aboriginal health research. We believe we can significantly contribute to building future STEM leaders.”

The Beach Energy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Student STEM Scholar Program will offer four students a week-long placement with Wardliparingga plus five other engagement sessions across the year.

Two undergraduate students will each spend four weeks immersed in a Wardliparingga project as part of the Beach Energy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Undergraduate Research Internship.

The Beach Energy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researcher Capacity Development grants will offer four Indigenous South Australian researchers the opportunity to spend six-weeks interstate at a university or medical research institute for professional development. The grant will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for the placement .

The Beach Energy Postgraduate Scholarship provides one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander  student with up to $15,000 in financial support whilst they undertake postgraduate studies in 2020.

Applications will open in early 2020 (applications for the Postgraduate Scholarship are now open) with the program to run across the year. Both SAHMRI and Beach Energy hope to continue and even expand the program into the future.

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