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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 six 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 Scholarship.

The Beach Energy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Internships offer four Indigenous South Australians the opportunity to travel interstate for professional development through six-week internships with an organisation such as a university or medical research institute.

The Beach Energy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Scholarship provides financial support for one year-long position with Wardliparingga.

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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