Students of the Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu (WMBB) Summer Program make Melaleuca

25 January 2018

The Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu (WMBB) Summer Programis the University of Sydney's annual flagship event for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students.

Last week, the program saw over 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students collaborate and participate in a week-long academic residential program designedto help them understand how their study choices could influence their future, and the possibilities offered by higher education.

This year the program implemented an overarching Project Based Learning (PBL) framework to guide powerful learning and increase program participants' sense of self efficacy and transferrable skills, including productive and authentic team work, sustained inquiry, critique and revision and critical reflection.

With the Faculty of Pharmacy, WMBB students made tea tree oil moisturiser as part of the 'Melaleuca - from tree to medicine' activity. This activity was developed and guided by Dr Irene Um, Dr Joanna Harnett and Dr Nial Wheate. A group of HDR students including Jack Collins, Jonathan Du and Kamini Shiva Divakarla also helped on the day.

The students explored the journey of melaleuca from its origin, shrubs and trees, to medicinal or human use. The activity involved pharmaceutical analysis to identify lead compounds, educating consumers on its therapeutic properties, and incorporating it into a cream for human application.

Learn more about the about the Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu (WMBB) Summer Program here.