Meet the former tap factory worker who graduated with a law degree, the teacher who “fell in love” with a remote community, or the gym worker who was so angry at the way the newspapers reported on Indigenous people, he decided he would change it himself. This month Television Sydney (TVS), digital channel 44, will broadcast an inspirational new program telling the stories of people of Indigenous backgrounds and their life-changing journeys through higher education. The three part documentary, Indigenous Models of Achievement, sees 10 students and graduates from around Australia describe their amazing journeys to not only improve their lives, but the lives of those around them. Each episode focuses on a career path – education, science, and the arts – and features everyday people who have become role models to their own communities.
Rachel, born and raised in the NSW Central West, decided to become a doctor after caring for her profoundly disabled brother and her sick grandmother. After graduating as an intern doctor, she has now set her sights on becoming Australia’s first Indigenous female orthopedic surgeon.
Lachlan was uninterested in school and preferred to spend the day watching the chooks peck around in the agriculture plot next to his classroom window. After working in several unfulfilling jobs, he decided there had to be more to life – and ended up graduating with a law degree.
Tamara gave up the comforts of Sydney to travel to Bathurst Island, a remote community off Darwin in the Tiwi Islands. There, she found her teaching skills could help bridge the gap for Aboriginal people and quickly became a part of the community.
“Indigenous Models of Achievement not only sees everyday people describing their personal journeys in their own words, it shows the audience that anything is possible,” Television Sydney Chief Executive Rachel Bentley said.
“Many people feel there are hurdles in the path to higher education, but the students and graduates in this series show they can be overcome.
“These inspirational people have become role models in their communities through their tenacity and determination to succeed.”
The series is the third produced by Television Sydney in conjunction with the five-university Bridges to Higher Education partnership.
“TVS is exceptionally proud to again thought provoking television that will start conversations in households across Sydney,” Ms Bentley said.
Indigenous Models of Achievement will premiere on Television Sydney (TVS), digital channel 44, on Tuesday 29th April at 7.30pm.
Each episode will repeat Wednesdays at 2pm, Fridays at 5.30pm and Mondays at 8am.
Live streaming is also available via the TVS website, www.tvs.org.au.
The Indigenous Models of Achievement TV program has been produced by TVS in partnership with the University of Western Sydney. This series is funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), as part of the Bridges to Higher Education initiative. Bridges to Higher Education is a partnership of five universities (University of Technology, Sydney; Macquarie University; University of Western Sydney; University of Sydney; and the Australian Catholic University) and 10 other partners including TVS. Bridges to Higher Education is a $21.2 million initiative, which aims to boost the participation of disadvantaged communities in higher education.
To watch the Indigenous Models of Achievement trailer, click here.
For further information contact:
Krystyna Pollard, Producer, Television Sydney Limited
Phone: 9852 5417