Sarah Graham, an Aboriginal postgraduate psychology student undertaking a Doctor of Psychology in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology at The University of Queensland, is the 2016 recipient of the APS Bendi Lango bursary. The APS bursary is funded through generous donations from APS members. A profile of Sarah is presented opposite.
Since the launch of the Bendi Lango initiative in 2006, nine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have been supported in their postgraduate psychology studies. At renewal time, and at any time online, members can make a tax-deductible donation to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate students in their pathways to careers in psychology.
To find out more about the Bendi Lango initiative, including previous bursary recipients and how to make an online donation, please go to www.psychology.org.au/bendilango/.
Sarah is a Kombumerri woman from the Gold Coast region, Queensland. She completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours at Griffith University. This work has allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of burns patients and individuals obtaining treatment for a wide range of medical issues and to investigate the effects of psychological sequelae on multidisciplinary treatment adherence in adult burns patients.
Sarah is currently in her second year of a Doctor in Psychology pursuing a career pathway that will allow for exploration of her interests in clinical neuropsychology, specifically in paediatrics, neurological disorders and the role of neuropsychology in medicine.
Sarah hopes to become a highly qualified member of the Indigenous community, and to aid in reducing the stigma and stereotypes that impact her community. She is determined to continue research in order to help all people including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to overcome obstacles to living a healthy and safe life. She hopes that her work as a psychology professional can bring knowledge, innovation, youth and an Aboriginal perspective to her future workplace.