Does the traditional bush medicine Gumby Gumby actually work? What part does cultural safety play in physiotherapy graduates? How does the lack a birth certificate or registration affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration rates?
These are just some of the research projects undertaken by 20 Indigenous students as part of the Kungullanji Indigenous Summer Research Symposium.
In its fourth year, the Kungullanji program provides a practical opportunity for undergraduate students to experience an academic research environment.
“It aims to improve the retention and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by enhancing their academic experience and confidence,’’ says Dr Jennifer Leigh Campbell from Griffith’s Indigenous Research Unit.
“Its overall goal is to develop work-ready graduates and create a pipeline to research. Judging from the calibre of this year’s participants the program is achieving this.”
Bachelor of Science student Eden Little  spent her summer researching the medicinal potential of the Pittosporum angustifolium plant aka ‘Gumby

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