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Acknowledgement of Country

Avondale University acknowledges the Awabakal and Durramuragal peoples as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land on which the university stands. We recognise and respect their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to their Elders, past, present & emerging and acknowledge the important role they continue to play in these communities that have always been a place of teaching, learning and healing. 

Terminology Guides

Please see these terminology guides for the correct way to use the term Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. 

Student Support Services

Avondale Univeristy's Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander student support person 

Shirley Fatnowna 

Ms Shirley Fatnowna is the Indigenous support person for the Sydney campus of Avondale University. She is a Registered Nurse who did her BN through Avondale and has worked in various health areas.

Shirley Identifies with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students and is passionate about helping students. She is keen to assist you through your course with a welcoming and experienced ear. Shirley is also happy to discuss any issues which require assistance or any concerns you may have. 

If you require this service or simply a 'chat', please call Shirley on her work phone at (02) 4980 2224 or email her at 

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Indigenous Australia Resources


Voice to Parliament


Aboriginal History

Australian Aboriginal Studies

Balayi, culture, law and colonialism.

Journal of Australian Indigenous Issue

Ngoonjook: Australian First Nation's Journal

Koori Mail (The voice of Indigenous Australia. The national Indigenous newspaper is 100% Aboriginal-owned and is 100% self-funding).