CQUniversity Australia’s Office of Indigenous Engagement provides teaching, research and support activities to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
In addition to teaching enabling, undergraduate and post graduate courses that increase knowledge and understanding of the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the issues affecting them in contemporary society, the Office of Indigenous Engagement provides support to other Schools within CQUniversity to increase their accessibility to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Office of Indigenous Engagement encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to take up every opportunity available to them to assist them to succeed with their studies at CQUniversity. This includes applying for all available scholarships and asking for assistance where needed. Tutoring can be arranged for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are undertaking an undergraduate program by contacting the Office of Indigenous Engagement on 1800 651 891 or 4930 9250.
Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement leads the work undertaken by the Office of Indigenous Engagement. In this role, Professor Fredericks provides leadership and advice to the Vice-Chancellor and President on strategies to advance CQUniversity's Indigenous engagement agenda and improve educational outcomes for CQUniversity's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student cohort past, present and future. In addition to this, Professor Fredericks and the Office of Indigenous Engagement staff will work with Indigenous communities to identify ways to build their capacity in education, employment and general equality of opportunity, and then assist them to achieve this.
Professor Fredericks is a Murri woman from south-east Queensland (Ipswich/ Brisbane) and holds a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), Bachelor of Education, Master of Education – Leadership & Management, Master of Education Studies and a PhD (Health Science). She has been a recipient of a National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship and an Endeavour Award. In addition to working at a range of universities in Australia and New Zealand, Bronwyn has worked in the health care and human service sector for State and Commonwealth governments, non-Government organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health services.
Her current research interests focus on the socio-psychological aspects of chronic disease, tobacco and smoking, Indigenous women’s health issues and qualitative and mixed-methods research that privileges Indigenous knowledges, methodologies and worldviews. Professor Fredericks holds several distinguished roles in Indigenous research. She is the Health and Biomedical Sciences Representative on the Research Advisory Committee for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and the external representative on the Indigenous Research Committee for the Australian Catholic University (ACU).