Emily Darnett is interning at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). She is currently working on creating an evidence for Green Space supporting Indigenous health benefits. Emily is a higher research degree student at The University of Sydney focusing her research on Indigenous mental health issues. Being Indigenous she is very passionate about effecting change for her people and culture through research. Emily is also a provisional psychologist working within schools to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and ensure the students are getting the support they need to thrive in any environment.
What sparked your interest in health equity?
I grew up in standard middle-class white culture. It was not until I was 15 years old, I learnt of our Indigenous heritage and how my ancestors had gone to great lengths to hide our culture. Being Aboriginal is something I am so proud of. The spark for me was educating myself on my culture and disparities experienced by Indigenous Australians. Through my research, I learn and connect to my heritage. I believe through education and research we can create a more reconciled Australia.