Leaving their mark
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.