Graduate stories

Portrait of Tanietta de Launey

Tanietta de Launey

Native Title Cultural Heritage Liaison Officer 
Bachelor of Indigenous Studies (now Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge)

A former waitress, Tanietta decided she wanted a better life for herself and her four teenagers when she embarked on an Indigenous Studies degree, majoring in Trauma and Healing.

"I chose Trauma and Healing because I had experienced many types of trauma in my life. I wanted to engage in healing, not only for me but for my family and my community. And the healing was genuine. It lifted my life back up. I was able to support my children and be a really good role model for them which changed the way they looked at me and changed our relationship. The degree changed my life, it really did."  Read more about Tanietta...


portrait of Matthew Trindall

Matthew Trindall

Clinical Coordinator Aboriginal Mental Health
South East Sydney Local Health District
Bachelor of Indigenous Studies (now Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge)

As clinical coordinator Aboriginal Health for South East Sydney Local Health District, which serves more than 830,000 people, Matthew Trindall oversees the district Aboriginal mental health programs. He says the Bachelor of Indigenous Studies helped him get to where he is today. Read more about Matthew...


Portrait of Cindy Castella

Cindy Castella

Year 5/6 Teacher
Casino West Public School
Bachelor of Indigenous Studies (now Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge)

Cindy Castella has had a long association with Casino West Public School, starting as a teachers' aide a decade ago while she completed her Bachelor of Indigenous Studies. "I love sharing my knowledge and love of Indigenous Australian cultures with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. Education and reconciliation is the only way forward for this country. Read more about Cindy...