These Scholarships support Indigenous students to undertake tertiary training in nursing, physiotherapy, psychology, dentistry and other health related degrees at university. These scholarships help Indigenous students to overcome barriers to tertiary study and qualification.
PP Patsy Johnson as Chairman invited Guest Speaker Jasmin Taylor, the recipient of Gawler Club funding to accomplish her nursing degree at Flinders University to address the meeting.
Jasmin did so with the assistance of a number of overheads advising as she commenced that she had been a nurse for 5 years and had undertaken additional training since commencement of nursing employment at the Lyell McEwen Hospital. Jasmin commenced her address by personally thanking the members for her sponsorship to the Aboriginal SA Health Scholarship Program which has assisted “my post graduate studies in Nursing Science Clinical Care which allows me to pursue my career goal as an Intensive Care Nurse.”
She admitted to being a 25 year old Aboriginal who has grown up in Kaurna Territory of Elizabeth and Salisbury. Her Aboriginal heritage is from her father who grew up at Swan Reach. Her grandparents were born at Point McLeay and spoke the Ngarrindgeri language of the Coorong area.
A photo showed the grandparents home at the Nildottie Island constructed with “wheat bags and a tin roof. Food such as butter was placed in jars and hung from trees into the water to keep cold.”
The family also had connection and previous ownership to Manunka land along the Murray River near Mannum. This land from 1901 was established and operated as a Government Mission with about 40-50 Aboriginal people but closed in 1916. In 2005 the Government gave the land back to the family as descendants of the original family members.
I chose nursing because my Grandma (Mums Mother) was a nurse, my Nanna Jean Agius told me she always wanted to be a nurse but she ended up with 7 children so you don’t need a degree to qualify for that.
However I can actually pin point the moment that I decided I wanted to work within the medical field. I was about 14 years old riding a dirt bike with my little cousin on the back out at our family property in Manunka and like a lot of 14 year olds I was no expert in driving. So we ended up sliding along the ground with grazes on our arms, legs and knees etc.
I completed a double degree in paramedial science and nursing at Flinders University in 2013.
I then undertook my Graduate program at Lyell McEwen hospital which I found funny because I was actually born in the same hospital which I currently work in.
During this time I was inspired to undertake my postgraduate diploma in remote health, which took me one year. This was really great experience as I got to go to Alice Springs twice and I also spent some time working in Nhulunbuy. Nhulunbuy is located on the top end of the Northern Territory of Australia and is part of the Northern Arnhem land home to the Yolngu (Aboriginal People). I worked at Miwaji Health Aboriginal Corporation.
More recently in 2017 I got a permanent job at the Lyell McEwen Hospital which is what led me to undertake my post graduate diploma in nursing science critical care. This means that I am being trained in work on the medical resuscitation team within the hospital and I will be qualified as an advanced life support 2 health providers.
My future career goals are to work as a retrieval nurse so that I can utilize my background, my remote health experience, paramedic degree and soon to be critical care skills so that I can provide care to all people but particularly for those who live in areas with limited access to health and generally poorer health conditions.
Jasmin’s address was well received and we wish her well for the future