My name is Hira Rind and I am proud Yamatji and Balochi woman.
I was born in Port Hedland and grew up most of my life in Perth. I always knew I wanted to be a good role model for my family and community. I was always interested in Human Anatomy and Chemistry in high school but was not sure what to study. After completing high school I did not get the results to get direct entry to UWA. I then attended the Career Expo at the School of Indigenous Studies (SIS), the staff were so encouraging and helpful. They directed me to the Aboriginal Orientation Science course. The course really prepared me for science courses and provided me with knowledge and skills to enrol in a Bachelor of Health Science.
I successfully graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Public Health and Anatomy. The degree gave me a great insight into understanding the science of the human body and how social factors influence a community. It also had a 12-week practical component working in the area of health: I worked at the Women’s Health Centre with Indigenous and migrant women. It gave me a great insight into health and I was able to put my skills and knowledge into practice. I would highly recommend Health Science to anyone interested in science and public health. The degree has opened doors for me, I am currently working at BHP as a health and safety advisor. So far, it’s been an exciting journey, I am learning a lot and building on my skills. I plan to further my studies in the future and continue working in health. The degree is very flexible and will open many opportunities for anyone planning to study health.