Indigenous Student Support

Avondale aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students during their program of study. On this page you will find a number of links to other sites that can assist you either personally or professionally as you complete your study program.

If you would like to meet with someone to discuss your needs, Indigenous support staff are located at the Lake Macquarie and Sydney campus and are available to provide advice or guidance with any questions, concerns or problems you may have.

Indigenous Student Support Staff Representative - Lake Macquarie

Pr Mark McNeill
Campus Services Manager
Waston Hall
Phone (02) 4980 2236
Email mark.mcneill@avondale.edu.au

Indigenous Student Support Staff Representative - Sydney

Dr Drene Somasundram
Chaplain
Sydney Campus
Phone (02) 9480 3617
Email drene.somasundram@avondale.edu.au

Indigenous Support Staff – Disciplines

Humanities & Creative Arts – Margaret House
Ministry & Theology – Margaret House
Nursing & Health – Drene Somasundram
Education – Peter Kilgour
Business – Elna Hale
Science/Mathematics – Lynden Rogers

If you want information on services for Aboriginal People in the Hornsby area near the Sydney Campus see the following website.
www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/community/coummunity-services/aboriginal-services

If you want health information and services near the Lake Macquarie Campus see the following website for the NSW Health - Hunter area page
www.awabakal.org
www.health.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal
Hunter New England Aboriginal Services and Support

If you want information on employment opportunities in NSW Health facilities for nurses, see the following web site on the NSW Health - NSW Aboriginal Nursing strategy.
www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/projects/Pages/aboriginal-nam.aspx