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Tales from the City

Photo by Laura MacDonald AVCAT alumni Laura moved from rural NSW to Melbourne for university. Laura says, ‘the most challenging thing for me with moving from the country to the city was finding solitude’. Laura warmed to the city as her studies progressed and enjoyed ‘traipsing around the city learning about different cultures, art and…

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Helping Horses on the Gili Islands

By Amanda Drought As an avid animal lover, and Dr Harry fan, my ambition to become a vet started from a young age. As I grew older this ambition stuck with me and grew stronger. My bi-cultural, Indonesian and Australian, upbringing allowed me to realise a large contrast in animal welfare standards between South-East Asia and…

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AVCAT Alumnus Calls for More Sponsorship in WA

“It has long been known that children of veterans tend to experience greater financial disadvantage and are less likely to complete post-secondary education than the general population.” In July, AVCAT Alumnus Dr Anthony Rengel gave a moving speech at the WA Australian Air Force Cadets Reunion. Dr Rengel highlighted some of the issues faced by…

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A Passionate Career

Plaques Of The Day – Kelly Manning By Kelly Manning Twenty years ago, I was awarded a Vietnam Veterans’ Trust scholarship for children of Vietnam Veterans while completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing at RMIT University in Melbourne. The scholarship provided art supplies and books, enabling the production of a substantial body of…

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Engineering the Future

By Casey Schackow Unfortunately my grandfather, a veteran, passed away when I was very young. However his selfless and ambitious mindset was instilled into my family. Growing up in a low income home my parents emphasised to me the principles of stoicism, and the importance of courtesy and mindfulness. I have always been intrigued with…

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A Flying Start

By Dr Anthony Rengel Aviation has always been in my blood. My father was an Air Force veteran, and like my father I have made flying a part of my life. My father, a migrant, joined the Royal Australian Air Force in the general pool. Not able to get in as aircrew, he spent a…

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Emma-Lee Scott – Case Worker

AVCAT alumnus Emma-Lee Scott has been busy since her undergraduate days. Choosing to jump straight into postgraduate study she says, ‘I did a Master’s degree after I finished my undergraduate in Special Education. During that time, I started working for Autism Spectrum Australia as a disability support worker. ‘ Working hard at university paid off…

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The Ideals of Democracy

Laura Wood – Centre – Recipients of the 2018 Swiss Prize with Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Cardew-Hall (far left) and His Excellency, the Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr Pedro Zwahlen (far right), photo courtesy ANU.   By Laura Wood It’s interesting to think about when I first applied for an AVCAT scholarship. My grade 12…

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A Fresh Flow of Clean Water

Joshua Millard wants everyone to have clean drinking water. His aim is to ‘provide drinkable water to remote and impoverished communities, and to use diplomacy skills to source funding and approval.’ Undertaking a Bachelor of Science majoring in Engineering Science, Political Science and International Relations Josh armed himself with the right kind of knowledge to…

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Liam’s Got it Made

Bathurst Panorama – Photograph by R Walker Liam Higham is living his dream in the NSW regional city of Bathurst. At the tender age of 22 Liam was able to buy a house. He says ‘I am of the firm belief that this would not have been possible without the assistance of AVCAT and the…

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