An Indigenous Education Strategy
13 February 2018
The first Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous)
In a fitting coincidence, Jacinta joined Monash on 13 February, which also marked 10 years since the National Apology to the Stolen Generations from the Australian Government.
On that day 10 years ago, former Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, welcomed “A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity”.
“This is a statement close to my heart. I am passionate about growing the Indigenous research workforce by empowering Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders to do more research for themselves and our communities,” she said.
“By dealing with the critical issues facing our Indigenous communities, we are also shaping our country and the type of society we are going to be in the future. This is so important for every member of our community,” said Jacinta.
Jacinta, an established research leader, is internationally recognised for her outstanding contribution to the education and health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
She is passionate about growing the Indigenous research workforce by empowering Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders to do more research for themselves and our communities.
She has served on ministerial appointments and played a pivotal role in the development of the Indigenous Peoples’ Network (IPN) across Canada, US, New Zealand and Australia which brings together people from universities and community organisations to talk about Indigenous health.