Liz Tudor first worked in Gunbalanya in Western Arnhem Land as a veterinarian in 1973. In 2004, she established, with her husband Rick, an annual dog health program – now in its thirteenth year – which visits Gunbalanya and its outstations as well as communities in the Victoria Daly region.
Over this time, Liz and Rick have made personal connections in Gunbalanya and other Top End remote communities in many ways: through dog health, through partnership programs established by Rick at Trinity Grammar School, through personal connection with parents and their children.
As Headmaster of Trinity Grammar School Kew, Rick established an Indigenous scholarship program that has seen 23 Indigenous scholars progress through secondary education at Trinity.
Long-term commitment and first-hand experience of the need for transitional support
Over the years, Liz and Rick have been approached by many other families from remote communities seeking educational opportunities for their children in Melbourne. In response, Liz and Rick have tried many models: large independent schooling, home schooling, specialist Indigenous schooling.
Through this experience, Liz, Rick and the MITS Board have developed a new model, which recognises that many Indigenous students in remote communities have innate ability and strong desire to be educated in Melbourne’s best schools, but will benefit from academic and social support to meet the challenges of transition.