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NAIDOC Week 2022
Achieving a better future for First Nations Australians
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, yesterday the Seven Network recognised and learned about First Nations people with a special ‘SWM School’ event for staff working across Seven West Media.
Emma Garlett, 2022 Wesfarmers John Monash Scholar – a Nyungar-Nyiyaparli-Yamatji woman from Geraldton – joined Seven's Kendall Gilding (pictured left) for an insightful discussion about how we can achieve a better future for First Nations peoples and all Australians.
Emma is a legal academic at Curtin Law School, an Adjunct Fellow at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, and is also a Columnist for The West Australian. Read her latest article which discusses this year's NAIDOC Week.
Geneva provides opportunity to strengthen heath systems
Tess Kelly, 2020 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholar, presented this week at the First World Prison Health Conference in Geneva, addressing the health needs of children deprived of their liberty in the administration of justice.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has provided Tess with the opportunity to meet and connect with inspiring policy makers, researchers and practitioners doing such important work in this field around the world.
Tess is a Senior Policy Officer at the Danila Dilba Health Service and is studying a Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Woodside John Monash Scholarship was just the beginning
Congratulations to Dr Steven Ettema, 2018 Woodside John Monash Scholar, who has just passed his engineering DPhil Viva. Steven was grateful to speak about his work with leaders in the field of marine renewable energy; Professor Tim Stallard from the University of Manchester and Dr Takafumi Nishino from the University of Oxford.
"I couldn't have done this without the support of the talented academics from the Oxford Marine Energy Research Group, especially my supervisors Professor Richard Willden and Dr Christopher Vogel. I would also like to thank the General Sir John Monash Foundation which gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I have been lucky enough to have benefitted from the networks of incredible people, their perspectives and their friendship.”
Steven is a great role model for aspiring young Australians. As a bright, determined and talented young man, he chased his dreams and became the first in his family to go to university with their encouragement and support from his scholarship.
Recommendations for Australia's new anti-corruption commission
Dr Vafa Ghazavi, 2017 Commonwealth Bank John Monash Scholar, is a political philosopher and public policy strategist. As election discussions of an anti-corruption commission have largely focussed on democratic concerns, Vafa expresses his view on whether Australia's new anti-corruption commission should have a mandate to work with other countries in the Australian Institute of International Affairs' Australian Outlook news platform.
Vafa is currently the Executive Director for Research and Policy at the James Martin Institute for Public Policy. He previously worked in the policy planning branch of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, among other roles, and served as a diplomat in Afghanistan and to the United Nations in Vienna.
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