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Away from Base (AFB) program

Away from Base (AFB) Program

The AFB program enables eligible students to participate in the necessary academic components of an approved mixed mode/online course that requires students to travel away from their permanent home or study location for a short period.

An AFB program assists and supports First Nations students with the reasonable costs of meals, travel, and accommodation while attending compulsory course requirements such as placements, practicums, clinical training blocks, and field trips.

AFB Student Story

Stuart Yiwarr McGrath

Improving health outcomes for all First Nations people is the driving force behind Stuart Yiwarr McGrath's aspirations of becoming a registered nurse. Commencing a Bachelor of Nursing in 2018, the AFB program has supported Stuart with the costs of his clinical Placements in regional and remote Australia.

Stuart has co-authored and presented papers locally, nationally, and internationally at forums and conferences focusing on cultural safety in a clinical environment. He is passionate about addressing healthcare inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.  Stuart will graduate in 2024.

Key people

Student Programs Manager: Yasmin Crawshaw | email | Staff profile

Program Coordinator Away from Base: Leonie Wetherall | email | Staff profile

Project Assistant Away from Base: Marie Khan | email | Staff profile 

CDU resources and services

A computer lab and student common area are available for Indigenous students studying at the Casuarina campus. You will find both in Blue 2, level 1.20 in the Indigenous Support Services area. 

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Higher Education Pathways

At CDU, there is a study pathway for everyone. 

As CDU is a dual-sector university, we offer both TAFE courses and Higher Education courses including undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. CDU also offers short courses and enabling courses to get you back into the swing of studying if it’s been a while.

CDU has Enabling Courses for students who don’t meet the standard course entry requirements or would just like a refresher about what it’s like to study at Uni today.

We offer a free Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) and a range of pathway programs for Indigenous students. You’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence you’ll need to succeed at university.

Explore our course and student types, admission requirements and pathways to study so you can apply with confidence.

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Career Trackers

CSIRO – Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship

CSIRO – Post Graduate Scholarships

University Vacation Employment Program

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