Acknowledgement



In 2009, Universities Australia in collaboration with the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council, obtained support and grant funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to undertake a two year project on Indigenous Cultural Competency in Australian Universities. The aim of the project was to provide the Australian higher education sector with a best practice framework comprising the theoretical and practical tools necessary to embed cultural competency at the institutional level to provide encouraging and supportive environments for Indigenous students and staff, whilst producing well-rounded non-Indigenous graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for providing genuinely competent services to the Australian Indigenous community.

The project consisted of three primary stages and was overseen by a Steering Committee co-chaired by Professor Peter Lee (Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University), Professor Paul Chandler (Dean of Education, University of Wollongong) and Professor Roger Thomas (University of Adelaide). Other Steering Committee members included Universities Australia representatives Professor Nicholas Saunders (Vice-Chancellor, The University of Newcastle), Professor Jeanette Hackett (Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University of Technology) and Dr Pamela Kinnear (Director, Policy and Analysis, Universities Australia), representatives of the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council Mr Asmi Wood (Australian National University) and Associate Professor Sue Green (The University of New South Wales), and representative of the DEEWR Ms Catherine Vandermark (Branch Manager, Higher Education Quality Branch).

The Steering Committee and consultancy team (Stage Three) were serviced by Dr Nathan Cassidy, Senior Policy Officer of Universities Australia.

Stage One of the project was managed by Ms Lynn Ella.

Stage Two consisted of the four Indigenous Cultural Competency Pilot Activity Projects: Edith Cowan University - Cultural Competency @ Edith Cowan University (Graeme Gower (Project Leader), Professor Martin Nakata, Dr. Matt Byrne and Professor Colleen Hayward).

University of Wollongong - Using Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning to Encourage Storytelling about “Country” with Student-created Animations (Associate Professor Garry Hoban, Mr. Anthony McKnight, Dr Wendy Nielsen, Ms Debbie Wray and Ms Carol Thomas).

University of Newcastle - The University of Newcastle Indigenous Cultural Competency Model (Leanne Holt, Dr Kathleen Butler, Mr. Paul Dodd, Professor John Maynard, Professor Peter O’Meara, and Associate Professor Anne Young).

University of Western Australia - Indigenous Dialogues – Towards Cultural Competence (Professor Jill Milroy, Associate Professor Darlene Oxenham, Ms Marilyn Strother, Associate Professor David Paul, Mr. Rod Dewsbury, Professor Denise Chalmers, Mr. Malcolm Fialo and Mr. Adam Casey).

Stage Three involved the appointment of a consultant to create the National Best Practice Framework for Indigenous Cultural Competency in Australian Universities and companion website. Members of the consultancy team were:

Ms Wendy Nolan (Acting Director, Centre for Indigenous Studies, Charles Sturt University) – Lead Consultant.

Dr. Barbara Hill (Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Coordinator, Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University).

Linda Ward (Educational Designer, Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University) – research assistance, website design, annotated bibliography.

Kate Rose (Administrative Officer, Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University) – research assistance.

Ryun Fell (Media Technologist,Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University) – web design and population.

Brian Wells (Media Publishing Officer,Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University) - web design and population.

Jessica Seage (Media Publishing Officer, Media Production, Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University) - web design and population.

Lynn Flynn (Manager Faculty Educational Design & Media Team, Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University) - web design and population.

Ms Elise Hull (Indigenous Resources Officer, Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University) – artwork and graphic design.

Tony O’Neil (Senior Graphic Designer, Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University) – artwork and graphic design.

Jade Flynn (Indigenous Trainee Graphic Designer, Division of Learning and Teaching Services, Charles Sturt University) – artwork and graphic design.

 

The photos included in the website design were taken in Ngiyeempaa country and permission for their use have been given Aunty Beryl Philp Carmichael, Ngiyeempaa Elder.

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