Graduate story: Matthew Trindall
Clinical Coordinator Aboriginal Mental Health
South East Sydney Local Health District
Bachelor of Indigenous Studies
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.
"The degree was really beneficial because I was able to take on Aboriginal peoples' cultural background, and understand their principles and practices, while also finding that balance of working with mainstream services and meeting the department's expectations. Having the background in both systems has helped me to achieve a senior role in a short period of time."
"My parents always told me that education was a pathway for Aboriginal people. Getting access to education for Aboriginal people was something they and my grandparents fought for."
Matthew now holds three degrees, but the Bachelor of Indigenous Studies was his first.
"Being able to study something that helped me identify with my culture and identity was the most rewarding part. At school I was learning things that didn't have any relevance to my culture."