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Engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed

CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.

Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.

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Sherry conceives mother of all workshops 

Sherry Smith knows first-hand how a little bit of support can go a long way during pregnancy.  

The CQUniversity Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science student - who is six months pregnant - has successfully hosted the first pre-natal workshop for women in the Whitsunday area.

PhotoID:13127The ‘Bump, Birth and Beyond' workshop was designed to help pregnant women nurture their own physical, mental and emotional health through yoga, nutrition, mental health management, breathing and meditation sessions.

Experts in yoga, nutrition, homeopathy and psychology collaborated to deliver a simple, safe and informative one-day workshop.

Ms Smith said there appeared to be strong interest for a pre-natal workshop from women in the community. With just four subjects left to complete her degree, she said the workshop also served as a practical component of her program.

"My host organisation suggested that some yoga clients were interested in pre-natal workshops and, because I am also pregnant, we thought it would be a great opportunity to create a pre-natal workshop which potentially could lead to ongoing support opportunities for local women," Ms Smith said.

"There also hasn't been any previous type of collective workshop held with more than one pre-natal service being offered with yoga, nutrition, meditation and mental health information."

Ms Smith said workshop participants had already indicated they would attend similar workshops and suggested to host these activities on a regular basis.

"This is a great outcome from the project and verifies the initial community need that was identified."

PhotoID:13128Ms Smith said the practical components of her degree prepared her for graduation. 

"It provides an avenue to obtain skills that you cannot get from a textbook, as well as providing an avenue to connect with your community and build networks."

"I am really interested in a health-oriented career path which will enable me to help members of the community to improve their current health."

Ms Smith is looking forward to welcoming her first born baby in January 2013 before completing her degree and working in clinical rehabilitation.