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Gotha and Former Governor General

NI researcher Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) awarded AM

11 June 2018

KATHY Guthadjaka has been awarded an AM for significant service to the Indigenous community through contributions to education and cultural preservation in East Arnhem Land.

The distinguished campaigner’s service includes:

      • SENIOR Research Fellow, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, current.
      • EDUCATOR Shepherdson College Galiwin’ku, 48 years.
      • GAWA Christian School - Elcho Island
      • HOMELAND Visiting Teacher, since 1990s.
      • FORMER Assistant Teacher and Language/Cultural Consultant.
      • HELPED establish the community and the school.

Her other awards and recognition includes:RECIPIENT, Northern Territory Female Elder on Country Award, NT NAIDOC Committee, 2015 and; SENIOR Australian of the Year, Northern Territory, 2018. NT News story

Marianne St ClairForum to highlight broadband benefits to Indigenous health

04 June 2018

Northern Institute research fellow Marianne St Clair will join other experts to discuss the advances in connectivity and digital inclusion in regional, rural and remote Australia at the Broadband for the Bush Alliance Forum VII this week 6-8 June. The conference is supported by Northern Institute. Read the story HERE

Linda Ford & Alby MarshNI Project wins National Science Exchange Program - Collaboration Award 2018

01 June 2018

We won!!! NI researchers Dr Linda Ford and Professor Ruth Wallace with Plant and Food Research (NZ) Alby Marsh have won the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre 2018 Collaboration Award: For the demonstration of exemplary collaboration skills, bringing together different disciplines and organisations in novel ways for better plant biosecurity outcomes. Linda and Alby accepted the award which recognised their research project ‘Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities through Engagement: A Focus on Biosecurity Threats’.

Read full story HERE
Read more about their award winning project HERE

Australia’s non-heterosexual population

Estimates of Australia’s non-heterosexual population

01 June 2018

Just published: Estimates of Australia’s non-heterosexual population. A paper by NI Demographers Dr Tom Wilson and Fiona Sharley.

Read the paper:…/article/view/23

Nafsa2018NI at NAFSA

31 May 2018

We are at NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo 2018, Philadelphia, the biggest International educationa event of the year. 10000 attendees from more than 3500 educational institutions from over 100 countries. And we are promoting our unique NT as the best place to visit, study and do research. Visit the conference website HERE

Symposium co-convenors Dr Lisa Papatraianou and Dr Al Strangeways

Symposium showcases Red Centre research

29 May 2018

In welcoming more than 70 delegates to the second annual Knowledge Intersections symposium held at Alice Springs, Northern Institute Director Ruth Wallace said it was important to gather together and think about knowledge and how researchers work together. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

Ganesh Koramannil

Congratulations Ganesh!

29 May 2018

Ganesh Koramannil is an Northern Institute PhD student, who also lecturers in the area of Indigenous Knowledges, Linguistics and Education at CDU, and received the Emerging Scholar Award at the Eighteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations. Read the full CDU E-news story HERE

Gawa Cosmology Field TripGäwa Cosmology Field Trip

24 May 2018

Gäwa Cosmology Field Trip led by Dr Linda Ford with Ben Van Gelderen and Joanne Gondarra for the ARC Aboriginal Cosmology Project : What this means for women and gender public policy and Milky Oyster Project. Gäwa is situated on the northern tip of Elcho Island in Arnhem Land, NT.

More info about our project can be found HERE. Note: These pics are subject to copyright and may not to be copied or distributed in anyway without permission of Northern Institute.


NT Non-Resident Workforce in 2016New report: The NT’s non-resident workforce

18 May 2018

The Territory's Non-Resident Workforce in 2016: Four things you need to know by Dr Andrew Taylor - Demographer and Growth Planning, Northern Institute.

The ‘Local Jobs Package’ in the Territory’s 2018/19 Budget ( included initiatives encouraging workers in mining and other sectors to base in the Territory.

In the past, the Territory has had the highest proportion of non-resident workers of all jurisdictions (other than the ACT). We’ve crunched the latest data and here are four key things you need to know: Read the full story HERE

Noel FinchVale Noel Finch

18 May 2018

We were saddened to hear that Noel Finch a PhD student and friend of Northern Institute passed away this week after a long but heroic battle with cancer.

Noel had an extensive background and experience teaching and mentoring first nations throughout his life from being a primary teacher on Thursday Island to Principal of Aboriginal community College (Adelaide), he was also Head of School of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (Kangaroo Point College of TAFE) and Associate Director with Batchelor College.

Noel was young at heart and drawing on his deep experience in Indigenous education when he joined the Northern Institute to accomplish his life-long dream to complete his PhD. He achieved this in December 2017 with the successful awarding of his PhD for his thesis. Read more.....

IDAHOBIT DAY International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

17 May 2018

NI staff were thrilled to attend this event held on CDU campus today.
Guest Speakers:
- Sally Sievers, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, NT
- Meredith Parry, Deputy Vice Chancellor CDU
- Dr Danielle Stewart, Northside Health NT, and
- Louisa Manning-Watson, NT QUTE

The speakers were amazing plus there were performances by NT's most fabulous DragQueens Vogue MegaQueen and Tiwi sistagirl Shaniqua. The event was beamed via conference to all CDU campuses, and there were cupcakes available via gold coin donation (proceeds donated to Minus 18, Australia’s youth driven network for LGBTIQ youth).

Congratulations Belinda Chaplin for such an entertaining, insightful and successful event. Link to more photos

queer eye "Northern Institute gets it"

15 May 2018

Article 'Queer eye for the Straight City' by Jill Diane Pope discusses NT's declining population and could a queer makeover encourage people to settle in Darwin.

Read the article:…/queer-eye-for-the-st…/