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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Current Students

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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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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.

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
Michale Chandler

Michale Chandler

Michelle graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree

"I'm an Aboriginal and Australian South Sea Islander woman from Juru country in the Birri Gubba nation of Bowen. I really enjoyed my placements while studying, some of which were really interesting, like the Acute Neurology Rehabilitation Ward at The Townsville Hospital, and the Surgical Ward at the Cairns Base Hospital.

I have been employed as a full-time school based physiotherapist with the Department of Education in Townsville. I will be working with a team of therapist visiting local schools and helping students from 5-17 years of age. Eventually, I would like to start my own practice in my hometown of Bowen."

Find out more about the JCU Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree