Indigenous Academic Mentoring - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Indigenous Academic Mentoring

What is IAM?

The Indigenous Academic Mentoring (IAM) program offers tuition to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The assistance provided is based on an assessment of individual student study requirements. Tuition is available from Week 1 to the end of the exam period.

  • Do you need to develop your study and time management skills?
  • Do you need to get started on an assignment?
  • Do you need to know how to search databases or find journal articles?
  • Do you need help with referencing?
  • Do you need to know how to navigate Blackboard?
  • Do you know what other academic services exist on campus?
Am I eligible?

You are eligible for IAM if you are:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • enrolled in a study program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • assessed as requiring additional mentoring assistance

To register for IAM, please complete the IAM Student Application form online.

Book an appointment

Due to the current health concerns, the IAM program will be available via phone, email or videoconferencing (ZOOM/Skype) only.

  • Book online through Student Hub 
  • Please have a copy of your assignment, your course outline, assignment instructions and marking criteria/rubric with you in your appointment

You can choose the IAM mentor you prefer to book with from the list below:

Area of expertise Mentor
Science and Engineering

Bruce Cornish

Alistair Kerr

Nursing, Midwifery

Kristy Benson

Sarah Elphick

Hayley Hall

Hayley Mongta

Asha Sara

Alyssa Singh

IT, Business

 Dushan Hathurusinhalage

Education, Humanities

Janelle Simms


Sarah Macdermott-Pott

Education, Social Science, Humanities

Cheryl Livock  

Education, Social Science

Tanya Jackson

Law, Business

Sharon Butson

Dietetics, Nutrition

Tracy Hardy

Lisa Jordan

Psychology, Social Science 

Rebekah Belte

Leigh-Anne Chester

Biomedical Science

Sujeewa Palagama
TPP (Criminology, Social Science)

Jessica Curruthers

Social Science, Humanities Matt Styles
TPP (Nursing and Midwifery) Olivia Hermann
Drop-in sessions

All drop-in sessions are currently postponed until further notice due to the current health crisis.

All IAM services are available via videoconferencing (ZOOM/Skype) or by phone or email only. Please see above under 'Book an Appointment' to book with an IAM mentor.

For more information please contact:

Indigenous Services
Tel: +61 7 5456 5889