Senior Manager Woolyungah Indigenous Centre, University of Wollongong
Michelle is a proud Aboriginal Women from Wiradjuri Nation Central West of NSW; she is the Senior Manager of Woolyungah Indigenous Centre at the University of Wollongong and has contributed to enhancing outcomes in Aboriginal Higher Education for over 17 years. Prior to this, Michelle worked as the Community Engagement Support Officer for the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) in the Illawarra region. Ms Rush has worked in health, education, as a culture presenter, undertaken public speaking, mentoring and coaching for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, students and community members she has also been a master of ceremonies at many cultural and educational events, including Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Michelle is also the Illawarra International Women’s Day recipient of the Aunty Mary Davis Scholarship 2017 were she devotes her volunteering time in assisting young Aboriginal School girls and community members dealing with family and Domestic Violence.
Michelle has also been a recipient of a variety of The University of Wollongong Community Engagement Grants relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Illawarra and South Coast.
Ms Rush has been on the Department of Education and Training Selection panel for many years she is also a strong committee member of the Gabun Djam Naway and Djinggi steering committee and sub-committee for school base trainees in the Illawarra and South Coast.
Ms Rush has strong links to the local Aboriginal Communities she was the former President of the Northern Illawarra Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and previously an organiser of the Illawarra Flame Trees Female Aboriginal Youth Leadership for young Aboriginal women in the Illawarra. Michelle has established wider community links through engagement of the Nyirripi and Yuendumu communities in the Northern Territory on culture education exchange.