The Keewong Research Intern Programme

Committix Pty Ltd is aims to develop the skills of First Nations Peoples researchers to provide culturally safe research services. In 2018, Atalanta Lloyd-Haynes suggested the idea of a research internship because Mark and Atalanta were routinely discussing the complexities of research with and by First Nations Australians. Mark had recognised that aspiring First Nations researchers did not have a structured mentor programme through which to guide them in the realities of research in a colonised society – the Keewong Research Intern Programme was born!

The name Keewong comes from the name of Keewong Station (where Marjorie Woodrow was born to Ethel Johnson) near Lake Cargelligo in New South Wales.

Keewong Research Scholarship

While the mentorship program is about having routine conversations on cultural safety and research, there is also the need to provide an incentive to continue with the rigours of research during times when reading, writing and data analysis can seem irrelevant to daily life struggles. Therefore, a percentage of Committix’s revenue will go towards the Keewong Research Scholarship Trust (KRST). Over the next few years from 2019, the KRST will grow until it reaches a point to support Honours, Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy research students full-time and above-award stipends. Students will also have the full support of Committix Pty Ltd staff and its partnerships and resources.

Yarning about research series – Atalanta Lloyd-Haynes

Ms Atalanta Lloyd-Haynes is the first Keewong Research Intern Scholar. Read hear blog at:



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