STUDENT EARNS SCHOLARSHIP
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