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murina Program

The murina Program is a program designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain skills to commence university studies and strengthen communication and vocation skills, whilst providing a tailored approach to assist students in reaching their goals.

The program offers units covering culture, history, storytelling, creative arts, academic and study skills via in-class activities and 'On Country' field trips, all within a Tasmanian Aboriginal framework.

Units available in 2019

RWA010 nuritinga palawa 1 (SEM 1) & RWA020 nuritinga palawa 2 (SEM 2)

These units aim to prepare students for entry into undergraduate study by developing academic study skills whilst enhancing their understanding of local Aboriginal historical and cultural knowledge from pre-contact in Van Diemen’s Land, lutruwita to palawa/pakana community today and associated political issues.

The units explore the connection to Culture, Country and Community with expressions of Aboriginal self and identity.

RWA030 Academic Study Skills 1 (SEM 1) & RWA034 Academic Study Skills 2 (SEM 2)

These units have been created to equip participants with the necessary skills, confidence and knowledge to enter into an undergraduate degree or engage in further study. You will gain skills in academic writing, researching and navigating university systems.

RWA146 pakana Life Writing (SEM 1)

In this unit students will strengthen their pakana connections and Aboriginal knowledges by way of enquiry and research across a broad spectrum of Aboriginal topics of their choice. Students will investigate these Aboriginal knowledges and choose from a variety of narratives and Life Writing tools such as poetry, memoirs, oral history, visual works and other culturally appropriate mediums, to assist them to develop a draft story or narrative using a negotiated Story Telling Framework to explore further education or vocational opportunities to advance their story telling skills and Aboriginal knowledges.

What do I enrol in?

Core units

  • RWA010 nuritinga palawa 1 & RWA020 nuritinga palawa 2
  • RWA030 Academic Study Skills & RWA034 Academic Study Skills 2

How do I enrol?

Make an appointment with an Aboriginal Student Success Officer to discuss your needs and options.

Sandy Bay Newnham Cradle Coast

Nala Mansell

+61 3 6226 2984

Sandy Bay Campus

Social Sciences Building, Room 342

Courtney Fechner

+61 3 6324 3477

Newnham Campus

Building K, Room 115

Caleb Nichols-Mansell

+61 3 6430 1678

Cradle Coast Campus

Building B, Room B145

Need an appointment:

Current Students visit CareerHub

Community email

Contact our Associate Lecturers for course specific information.

Sandy Bay


Jodi Haines

+61 3 6226 7882

Ricky Maynard

+61 3 6324 3399

Note: Enrolling in RWA010 and RWA030 and RWA031 is considered full-time study.

Special note: murina' means path and has been sourced from, A Word-List of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Languages, by N.J.B. Plomley, Launceston, Foot & Playsted Pty Ltd, 1976, p.373.