About

The ATSIS Unit strongly supports the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognises the enormous contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and perspectives bring to UQ’s Learning, Discovery and Engagement activities. 

Mr Shane Drahm
Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)
Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Unit

Our story

The University of Queensland established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit in 1984 as a commitment to the learning, discovery and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

The ATSIS Unit strongly supports and encourages the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognises the enormous contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to UQ.

The ATSIS Unit works closely with faculties, schools, central units and the wider UQ community to provide a range of professional services and academic support for UQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. From pre-enrolment through to graduation, the ATSIS Unit can provide assistance with:

  • Admission to UQ, including information on UQ’s range of tertiary programs, pre-enrolment preparation programs and alternative entry pathways
  • Orientation for new students to assist with the transition to University life and study
  • Advice on scholarships and prizes, including cadetships and student support payments
  • Learning support and advice, including workshops, group sessions, tutorial sessions and individual consultations.

The ATSIS Unit encourages diversity throughout UQ and hosts a number of events and activities throughout the academic year which are guided by The University of Queensland's Strategic Plan 2014-2017

The ATSIS Unit has a presence at the St Lucia campus and provides remote assistance to students at the Gatton campus and other UQ locations.

Indigenous engagement at UQ

Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement

Shane Drahm is responsible for implementing Indigenous strategy and strengthening leadership and Indigenous engagement within the University, as well as building links with the community.

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UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health works collaboratively with Indigenous community organisations and health providers to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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