APS Bendi Lango Bursary Recipient Madelyn Hudson-Buhagiar

Madelyne Hudson-Buhagiar is the 2018 recipient of the APS Bendi Lango bursary. She is a proud Wiradjuri woman who grew up off country on Bundjalung land where she was taught by her family and community to be a strong Aboriginal woman. Madelyne is currently in her first year of a Master of Psychology in the field of clinical psychology, walking in the footsteps of three strong Aboriginal mentors who came before her in this degree: Graham Gee, Tahnee McBean and Ashley Paxton who are all previous recipients of the Bursary.

Madelyne looks forward to continuing her work with mob in community upon completion of her degree and aims to deliver services that are responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures, values and belief systems. Through this close and sensitive engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, she will aim to benefit not only individuals, but the community, as the wellbeing of the individual is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of significant others within the family and community. Madelyne’s research topic for her MPsych(Clin Psych) addresses resilience and protective factors among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University students for social and emotional wellbeing and her supervisors are Professor Lisa Phillips and Dr Graham Gee.