28
May
2020
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02:27
Australia/Melbourne

Bupa marks five years supporting First Nations university interns together with CareerTrackers

Summary

Bupa recognises we all have a role to play when it comes to achieving reconciliation in Australia, not just during National Reconciliation Week, but every week.

2020 marks five years since Bupa first partnered with CareerTrackers and committed to supporting at least ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university interns each year for ten years.

The relationship with CareerTrackers is an important part of the commitment in Bupa’s Reconciliation Action Plan to increase employment opportunities and pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the relationship and as a sign of Bupa’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation, interns from the program recently chose a painting to be hung proudly in the reception area of Bupa’s head office in Melbourne.

A group of Bupa’s CareerTracker interns selected a few of their favourite artworks from Original and Authentic Aboriginal Art in Melbourne, before Hisham El-Ansary, Bupa ANZ CEO, made the final selection.

The chosen artwork is titled Yam Seed Dreaming and was painted by Eileen Bird Nungurrayi of the Anmatjerra tribe. Eileen’s main story elements focus on important bush foods, women’s Dreamings (Awelye) and pencil yam seeds.

The pencil yam seed, represented in this artwork by the smaller white dots, is ground and used for bush damper. Bush foods are painted in various stages of growth and ripeness, indicated by the abundant dotwork colours.

Jayden Crozier, a former CareerTracker intern at Bupa who is now working part time with Bupa as a public affairs advisor while completing his law degree, said being part of the program has opened up both professional and personal opportunities for him.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed interning at Bupa through CareerTrackers. It’s been a great opportunity to gain practical experience and learn about Bupa and its role in the health and care sector.

“I appreciate the chance to gain a wide breadth of experience working in different teams. I have also valued being able to work on the Reconciliation Action Plan and seeing all the work that Bupa is doing in relation to Indigenous Australians,” Jayden said.

Media Reference Number: 20/061