Elder in residence

Aunty Diane Singh

Aunty Diane and students

Aunty Diane (Day-Walker) Singh is a Yorta-Yorta/Wemba-Wemba elder, with connections to the Taungurung people, a clan within the Eastern Kulin nation.

For over thirty years, I was an enrolled nurse. My association with Monash goes back to 1990 when I entered the Monash Orientation Scheme for Aborigines (MOSA) as a mature age  student. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in history and Koorie studies, and later gained a Diploma of Community Studies (Welfare) from Chisholm TAFE. Since graduating in 1995 I have worked in various areas of Indigenous education.

I began working at Monash University in 2003. Today in my roles as Elder in Residence and Community Liaison Officer, I act as a link and knowledge base for the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and the Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit, as well as the wider Monash community. This includes staff as well as current and prospective students, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and the many visitors who visit our centre seeking local Indigenous knowledge.

I see community outreach as my most important role, as it involves meeting and consulting with the local Koorie and wider Indigenous communities throughout Australia, and  seeking their advice and direction. This also allows me to engage with mature age community members, and to encourage them to return to study via the many pathways available today – pathways that may not have been available to them in the past. I use my own experience of having to leave school early and returning as a mature age student as an example. I also visit schools and speak with secondary school students, many of whom may be thinking of leaving  school, and inform them of their options as well.

Please contact me at any time about any matter that you would like to discuss.

Aunty Diane Singh
Phone: (03) 9905 4204