Proud Indigenous woman, Lyndal Evans, reaches new heights as she embarks on her journey from UWA science student to helicopter hero.
As a UWA student, the opportunities are endless. Just ask Lyndal, who completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Exercise and Health, before securing a graduate program place with BHP.
"During my six-year tenure in the mining and resources sector, I gained exposure to health and safety, injury management, security and emergency management, and Indigenous engagement and employment," says Lyndal.
Building on her health knowledge and skills developed during her studies, she gained the skills necessary to become a pilot and crewman for Australia's top dedicated emergency rescue helicopters.
"It's really exciting working for a large multi-national aviation operator who provides life-saving search and rescue, crash response, aerial survey, and emergency medical helicopter services to the general public, the defence force, the government, and to private industry," she says.
Broadening her knowledge and understanding in the area of health and safety, Lyndal has also taken a front-row seat to the insights into the operation and maintenance of the RAC Rescue Helicopters and receiving mentorship from the pilots, aircrew, engineers, and critical care paramedics.
Lyndal expresses, "The work they do is awe-inspiring and has further reinforced my desire to pursue a career in pre-hospital care and aeromedical retrieval." Through her tremendous achievements, Lyndal shares how her UWA experience has enabled her to grasp these opportunities.
University allowed me to network with people from all over the globe. I am adamant that this has helped me immensely personally and professionally as it has given me the skills to build rapport and connect with people from all walks of life."
Exploring university demands and rigors can be overwhelming for many students. According to Lyndal, a solid support system is crucial to the success of your studies.
"UWA School of Indigenous Studies provided the guidance and tools I needed to survive and thrive. Without the support and friendship from UWA SIS staff and students alike, I very much doubt my university experience would have been as enjoyable and manageable."
As a proud Nhanda Yamatji Nyarlu woman with connections to Midwest WA Indigenous communities, Lyndal is passionate about driving genuine change in Indigenous communities.
"We must hold everyone accountable and be authentic with our voice and actions."
So, what advice does Lyndal have for new students starting their journey at UWA?
"It's ok to say no, to admit you're uncomfortable, to make mistakes, or to reach out for help. Be kind to yourself and those around you, and never draw comparisons between yourself and others."
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