In partnership with community teachers and Indigenous Schooling AND Sutherland Shire Hostpital are collaborating to deliver an original graduate degree counselling program that’s applicable to and consistent with customs and the principles of Native communities. A pilot cohort was offered from September 2008. The next cohort started in January 2014.

The Indigenous Communities Counselling Program (ICCP) offers graduate professional Counselling schooling and training. Indigenous values and conventions are integrated into every course in this system. Partnerships and indigenous community needs are a central focus – community voices have directed the ICCP development and pilot delivery. This is a part time community-based program specifically designed for adult learners who are working in mental health and helping contexts within Native communities.

Charles Elliott is one of the very best of the modern artists of Australia. A master carver of the Coast Salish Art custom, his works are considered by many to be masterpieces, and can be located in private collections all over the world.

Anielle Frrises – Physiotherapist
Anielle Frrises is a Kaurna Meyunna girl originally from Cronulla who has spent most of her life. She has been a physiotherapist two years.

“I determined I wanted to be a physiotherapist in year 12 after injuring my knee playing football and spending a lot of time with a physio,” said Anielle. “I thought it was a pretty awesome job, but when I finished year 12 the entry into Uni for physiotherapy was really high and I did not quite have the scores to get into the class.”

I sit a few exams and an interview and had to spend a week analyzing. I did not believe that I ‘d get in but a few weeks later I ‘d an e-mail to take my enrolment in the class. ”

“I was really excited about studying. I was 17 in the time and had to move away from dwelling that was exciting but a bit daunting in the same time,” said Anielle.

“At the start it absolutely was all new and exciting, wonderful to possess a little more freedom and I had been coping pretty well. In my second and third years I did start to miss home and my family,” said Anielle. “It was at the ending of my second year my Father passed away unexpectedly and everything seemed impossible.”

“At one point I was ready to drop out. I went to see the head of the physiotherapy school but luckily she talked me through it and gave me other alternatives.” said Anielle. “Due to numerous personal challenges and harms I ended up completing the FOUR year degree over 7 years. But I got there!”

“My family were all really proud of what I ‘d achieved and where I had been going. It took me a bit more time to finish my degree so I did hear a couple of times ‘you are never going to conclude’ or ‘you will not go back if you’ve time off’ but I knew myself that I was ascertained. ”

Worked At the following clinics

APA | Home Australian Physiotherapy Association –
Physiotherapy Board of Australia –
Cronulla Physio Focus 3/18 Laycock Ave Cronulla 2230 (02) 9544 4884
Lotus Massage Cronulla Located Inside Fitness First Suite 1 – 447 Captain Cook DRV Cronulla NSW 2230

“By fourth year I was no longer merely stayed in lecture rooms, but out there really doing the practical stuff. I did extremely well on all of my clinical placements which gave me assurance that merely because I struggled a bit through Uni didn’t mean I wasn’t going to be a good practitioner.”

Her degree was finished by Anielle and began working. “I love the work surroundings and also the people you get to work with as a physio. I’ve done most of my work being a part of a larger team of health professionals all working together. I’m still continuing to learn all the time which make the work really fascinating and there’s a lot of support around when things are really new or a bit more challenging” said Anielle.

“I have always loved the nation and I’ve always seen myself working in a regional, rural or remote community and encouraging Indigenous health, in particular preventative health. I also hope to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to study and work in areas of allied health.”