Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

FAM­ILY and a desire to help the com­mu­nity spurred South West Edith Cowan Univer­sity stu­dent Craig Wright back to the class­room, with his com­mit­ment earn­ing him a schol­ar­ship.

Yes­ter­day Mr Wright was awarded the 2018 Vice-Chan­cel­lor’s Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der schol­ar­ship as part of the Bun­bury cam­pus’ Naidoc Week cel­e­bra­tions, which will pro­vide him with $2500 a se­mes­ter to the end of his de­gree.

Mr Wright went back to the class­room soon after mov­ing to Wa­roona with his fam­ily just over four years ago when he en­rolled in a Diploma in Com­mu­nity Ser­vices at South Re­gional Tafe.

After a num­ber of years in the min­ing in­dus­try, Mr Wright had been look­ing for a change and was in­spired by a con­ver­sa­tion with his fa­ther to pur­sue so­cial work.

“So­cial work is in the fam­ily,” he said.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do ex­actly, ex­cept I knew I en­joyed help­ing peo­ple.”

Mr Wright con­tin­ued his stud­ies by tak­ing up a Bach­e­lor of So­cial Work at Edith Cowan Univer­sity in Bun­bury.

As part of his de­gree, Mr Wright had a place­ment at the Palmer­ston Ther­a­peu­tic Com­mu­nity in Brunswick, and it was there he nur­tured a pas­sion to work in men­tal health.

“I think there’s a def­i­nite need for peo­ple in men­tal health, whether they’re qual­i­fied or just help­ful peo­ple,” he said.

“I think I could do a lot of good there.”

Mr Wright has been a com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Baldja Pro­gram, which or­gan­ises sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and camps with its fo­cus on youth men­tal health in Wa­roona.

Mr Wright also works in a court di­ver­sion role as an Abo­rig­i­nal Di­ver­sion Worker in Man­durah.

He wants to pro­vide sup­port, not only to the in­di­vid­u­als, but also to help fam­i­lies.

“It’s tough liv­ing with men­tal health is­sues but it’s also tough for the fam­ily car­ing for them,” he said.

“In the com­mu­nity sup­port­ing fam­i­lies, that’s the ideal job.”

Edith Cowan Univer­sity stu­dent Craig Wright is a re­cip­i­ent of the 2018 Vice-Chan­cel­lor’s Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der schol­ar­ship

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