Liaising and meeting with representatives from Woodside, Fortescue Metals Group, Corrective Services, primary and secondary school teachers, indigenous groups and medical practitioners was crowded into a hectic seven days for seven UWA Fogarty scholars. “The trip to the Pilbara was very rewarding” said Alex Thornton, one of the group’s keen organisers. “We certainly broadened our understanding of the issues affecting indigenous and non-indigenous groups in regional West Australia. Steroptypes were completly shattered!! Having an opportunity to meet with people from the health, education, justice and mining sectors clearly illustrated that there is still so much more headway to be made although there are some positive programs already in place.”
With the support of the Fogarty Foundation and the Director of UWA Student Services, the trip was extremely successful and one which the Foundation and UWA can build upon for 2011.