2017 recipient: Ashley Paxton

Ashley Paxton 2017 Bendi Lango bursary recipient

Ashley Paxton, an Aboriginal postgraduate psychology student undertaking a Master of Psychology in the field of Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne, is the 2017 recipient of the APS Bendi Lango bursary. The APS bursary is funded through generous donations from APS members. A profile of Ashley is presented below.

Since the launch of the Bendi Lango initiative in 2006, ten 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/.

Ashley is a Waywurru woman who grew up and currently resides in Melbourne. She completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business (Management), and went on to further complete an honours year in psychology at Monash University. Ashley is currently undertaking a Master of Psychology in the field of Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne.

Ashley is in the first year of her masters training and intends to work in a clinical capacity with the Victorian Aboriginal community once graduated. Through practice as an Aboriginal psychologist, Ashley plans to offer clients a holistic social and emotional wellbeing focused treatment which recognises the significant cultural underpinnings impacting on one’s health. Ashley also aspires to complete a PhD in the future to further foster the development of her research skills. Once established as a researcher, she would like to provide research supervision to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychology students. Ashley believes this will allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake research within their communities on topics that provide direct benefit to their own community.

Ashley currently works as the Program Coordinator for a newly established “Indigenous Leaders Program” at Monash University. This program seeks to develop leadership capabilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students.

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