We empower students to be independent, critical and analytical thinkers, and assist them to plan, set and achieve their goals.

At JCU, students have access to a wealth of professional development opportunities, mentor and peer-support programs, and learning support, as well as free learning, reading, writing and maths study sessions.

Students can also take advantage of our dedicated meeting spaces and computer labs to commune and provide and receive peer support.

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Discover pathways and options for enrolling in a course at JCU

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Current Students

JCU students have free access to academic, personal and financial support services and advice

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JCU Inaugural Indigenous Student Awards Night


We give voice to Indigenous students, their families and communities, and celebrate our collective achievements

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We engage in and support innovative research that benefits Indigenous communities

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Teaching and Learning

Our students gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of culture to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and other Indigenous peoples living in the Tropics

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Our Staff

Meet our dynamic team of academic and teaching staff, professional staff, academic support advisors, student support officers and researchers

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We pay our respects to our ancestors and Elders past, present and future

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation and the traditional custodians of the lands on which our campuses are located and where we conduct our business.

JCU is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to JCU and society.

How doctors can help close the gap

First year Medicine student Joanne Kaczmarek talks about how doctors can help close the gap in Indigenous health

Hear from graduates and current students

Laura Jensen

Laura Jensen

Laura is studying the combined Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery degree

"I'm from Cairns and my mother is from the Gungganyji tribe in Yarrabah. I only completed Year 10 and did not think university was an option for me.

Everyone at the Indigenous Education and Research Centre is helpful and I found out there were other pathways to university, so I completed the Diploma of Higher Education (Health) to help me get into my degree. I really like the Centre and knowing that I have somewhere to go, especially because I was shy when I started university. They are like a family, everyone supports and helps each other.

After I graduate, I want to head to a rural town and work in collaboration with other health professionals to help bring birthing back to rural and remote areas."

Explore JCU's Nursing and Midwifery Course Options
Cheyenne Gamble

Cheyenne Gamble

Cheyenne plans to graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree

"I'm from Pentland, a small town on the way from Townsville to Mount Isa. I decided I wanted to become an occupational therapist when I was in Year 10. I had known that I wanted to be in the health industry since I was 12, when my first nephew was born and diagnosed with several health problems. I decided I wanted to be able to help him and others live a little easier, so they can have the same opportunities.

Studying [at JCU] has opened up so many opportunities for me to join associations that I never would have if I wasn't at JCU. I have made friends and gained connections all over Australia.

I have an Indigenous background and I gained a lot of support and encouragement to keep pushing through my course when other things pulled me down. I'm most proud of the 'small wins' I've achieved while studying and doing my practicals."

Find out more about the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree