NAIDOC2018 & IndigenousX

What an incredible start to Winter we have had so far! My fambam and I have been flat out busy, but I finally completed and submitted my confirmation document! Woooh! My confirmation is scheduled for next week, and should I pass, I become a confirmed PhD candidate. It’s a big deal, and I’m really excited about it.


Last week the FEDUA forum was on, and it was 3 minute thesis time! I have wanted to enter 3MT since I first heard about it, and begged my supervisors to get me to confirmation prior to July 25th so I would be eligible to go all the way if I competed. They were so supportive and ensured my confirmation was booked in on time. But then as soon as I got the email confirming the confirmation panel I panicked! I had so much to do, I wanted to ensure my confirmation presentation was the best I was capable of, so I ended up deciding on not entering 3MT because I knew I couldn’t do both well, I had to pick. So 3MT is now a 2019 goal. But I wanted to have a go at one of the challenges still, so I chose to enter the FEDUA PhD poster competition. Essentially it requires you to simplify and articulate your entire thesis in an A2 poster. Great exercise to help you really hone in on the key points, I am glad I did it, it helped me with the confirmation creation.


Only one poster of the lot receives an award, and I won! Which was very exciting, and I scored $100 as a prize 🙌🏽 Which I spent on a hair cut and this sweeet shirt


Another goal was also unlocked this week – my first academic publication! This was a complex, national project which spanned across multiple universities and States/Territories. A pleasure to be part of, and I am now citeable and you can read it here: Yarning the Way
Yarning the way: the role of Indigenous education paraprofessionals in guiding the post-school transitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth

Gruppetta, Maree , Southgate, Erica , Ober, Robyn , Cameron, Liz , Fischetti, John , Thunig, Amy , Heath, Treesa , Burns, Karinda , Clifton, Shirley

University of Newcastle


Being NAIDOC week, this has been a huge week for me and my family, so many events, so much glorious celebrating, it’s been wonderful. I had the privilege of being invited to a NAIDOC women’s dinner down at Macquarie University and I had such a great night.

Then on Friday I debuted hosting on the IndigenousX  Twitter. That’s #lifegoals for me right there so it was so fun, and as this years theme for NAIDOC was #becauseofherwecan I chose to use my time tweeting about deadly Indigenous academic women. There are way too many to include in one day, but I got to tweet about a few and it was awesome. I love Indigenous academic women, they’re strength and love and all things power.

My first article for IndigenousX, as part of my Margaret Dooley Fellowship was also published during NAIDOC week! You can read it here: Indigenous Academic Women: because of her, we can

❤️ Amy x

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