Leav­ing their mark

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

VINKA Barunga wanted to be a doc­tor for as long as she can re­mem­ber.

The Worora woman grew up in the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity of Mowan­jum and saw first-hand the ef­fects of sub­stance abuse and chronic dis­ease, which led her to en­rol in medicine at the Univer­sity of WA.

Ms Barunga is now back in Derby with a 12month place­ment through UWA’s Ru­ral Clin­i­cal School at the Derby Abo­rig­i­nal Health Ser­vice.

“If I could in­spire one per­son to be­come a doc­tor, or to fin­ish high school, to go on to higher ed­u­ca­tion re­gard­less of whether it’s medicine or not, then that's amaz­ing,” she said.

Ms Barunga was part of a panel of in­dige­nous stu­dents at the Fu­ture Foot­prints Expo at the UWA Busi­ness School on Monday, June 29.

The Fu­ture Foot­prints Expo gave more than 200 In­dige­nous high school stu­dents from 16 metropoli­tan and coun­try high schools the op­por­tu­nity to speak with ex­hibitors in­clud­ing TAFEs, univer­si­ties, ed­u­ca­tion trad­ing providers, govern­ment de­part­ments, and cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Dancers per­form­ing at last year’s Fu­ture Foot­prints Expo.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.