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Dr Noritta Morseu-Diop, a Torres Strait Islander women from Thursday Island, has won a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the United States and Canada.
Dr Morseu-Diop, the first Torres Strait Islander to graduate from the University of Queensland with a PhD, said she didn't think she would have a chance of winning, but was 'very thrilled' when she was informed of her success. Her PhD had focused on the subject of healing in the prison system.
The Fellowship will provide funds for further research, allowing Dr Morseu-Diop to visit various healing places, health centres, and healers in the USA and Canada. From there she will study local programs that attempt to bring healing to people in the community, and especially to those imprisoned. Dr Morseu-Diop intends to look at whether these programs are working, and how to use this knowledge to establish effective programs for Indigenous people in the Australian justice system.
Source: National Indigenous Times
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