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Office of Elder Academic and Cultural Leadership

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CONTACT

Batchelor Campus
Orange 4 Room 1

​All requests and enquiries must be in writing (email) and sent to: culture@batchelor.edu.au

For all requests please provide sufficient, relevant and helpful information to assist the OEACL to determine an appropriate and meaningful response.

The Office of Elder Academic and Cultural Leadership (OEACL) merges academic disciplines with cultural engagement to reflect and capture the essence of the Batchelor experience. The Office will overview and contribute to the continuous improvement and academic direction of Batchelor Institute, embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives within the curriculum and throughout Batchelor Institute’s broader practices.

The OEACL will promote robust dialogue around culturally-safe and culturally appropriate practices so as to facilitate culturally meaningful experiences and engagement for students, staff and stakeholders of Batchelor Institute.

A focus for the OEACL will be the creation, development and implementation of supportive, inclusive environments across all Batchelor Institute campuses and locations where delivery and other activities occur.

All activities undertaken by the OEACL will contribute to the development of a Cultural Respect Framework that will be implemented across the organisation to reflect the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

While it is acknowledged and noted that other staff and perhaps community members have provided ‘input’ to aspects of Learning and Teaching Frameworks in the past, the OEACL will now play a key role in working with the teaching and training workforce – VET, HE and Research to ensure culturally relevant materials and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives are embedded and endorsed – across a range of curricula/learning and teaching models – and disciplines.


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    Dr Sue Stanton
    Elder Executive Advisor: Academic and Cultural Leadership (Elder Academic)

    Academic Elder, Dr Sue Stanton - has the dual roles of academic and cultural elder to overview the academic direction at BI, ensuring the embedding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and knowledges within the curriculum and throughout the Institute's broader practices.

    Also as Kungarakan Traditional Owner-Custodian to provide appropriate cultural and ceremonial representation to visitors and guests of BI at Batchelor campus.
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    Noressa Bulsey
    Coordinator Cultural Training/Torres Strait Islander Advisor - Batchelor

    Mrs Noressa Bulsey's non-academic role is as Advisor on Torres Strait Islander perspectives and knowledges and as a member of the Office team is involved in the provision of diversity training of all staff in promotion of improvement of cross cultural communication.
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    Harold Fuber
    Elder in Residence - Desert People's Centre (DPC)

    This is a non-academic, part-time role. As a member of the Office team, Mr Furber is involved in the provision of advice in relation to diversity training of all staff in promotion of improvement of cross cultural communication at DPC; in liaison with the Academic Elder advise and direct cultural matters at DPC and to provide other appropriate cultural and ceremonial representation to visitors and guests of BI at DPC. Mr Furber's role is to ensure culturally meaningful and respectful engagements are maintained at the DPC and with the CEO of both BI and CAT. Community Engagement is also part of Mr Furber's scope.
    • The role provides cultural support and advocacy to the Institute staff and students and works with other elders including the Elder Academic.
    • Create, develop and evaluate cultural workshops and courses for internal and external users.