Curtin-bound for Duana

Success Stories

Directions’ Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre (AWDC) client Duana Nickels has been successful in receiving a scholarship to enable her to follow her dream of becoming a physiotherapist.

Duana went through a numeracy and literacy test, followed by a 3-step interview process with Curtin University to earn herself the offer for a place in the Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling course. The course is designed to provide participants with the skills and confidence to pursue university education in the fields of health sciences and medicine. It provides a pre-entry pathway for Indigenous students into undergraduate courses including medicine in a culturally appropriate environment.

The course will include foundation or introduction units of learning such as Mathematics, Academic Literacy and Study Skills, Chemistry, and Human Biology.

This course aligns with current moves by the Australian government and health organisations to increase the number of Indigenous doctors and health professionals across the wider Australian health services industry and is identified as a major health initiative. It is also in alignment with key national and university strategies to increase culturally appropriate and evidence-based health service provision to Indigenous people and to improve Indigenous Australians’ health outcomes.

Receiving this scholarship offer is a significant achievement for Duana and Directions AWDC is so proud of her accomplishment. We wish her every success as she starts on her exciting journey as a Curtin student.