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Callum’s Journey


Despite leaving high school after Year 8, Callum Robinson has since completed two Certificate III qualifications, a tertiary enabling program and a Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Callum was born on Yuggera country and grew up on Goreng Goreng country in Queensland. He is also a descendant of the Biripi and Darumbal peoples.

In 2014 Callum completed a Certificate III in Media at Batchelor Institute and was unsure which direction he was heading until he went to Alice Springs to do the Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) course.

PTS is a free university preparation course where Callum developed the skills, knowledge and confidence he needed to succeed at university. Callum said: “I found the passion to become a nurse in Alice Springs, everything resonated for me there.”

After completing the PTS course Callum enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing which he graduated from in December 2018.

Next month he will start a 12 month graduate program with the Redlands Public Hospital in the cardiac ward which is his preferred area. Callum said his long-term nursing goal is to return to Alice Springs as “a remote nurse and help Indigenous people live a healthier lifestyle.”

Applications to start PTS in Semester 1 are now open. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are 18 years or older are eligible to apply to PTS. The course is most suitable for people who have completed at least Year 10 or a Certificate III qualification.

You can find out more about the course and how to apply at or email or phone 1800 677 095