It is evident through numerous amounts of Nation-wide research, that many Indigenous Australia suffer from poorer health than other Australians, as they are more likely to suffer from multitude of health issues and therefore have a higher mortality rate. Health care professionals play a vital role in reducing mortality and morbidity in Indigenous Australians through education, appropriate communication, cultural awareness and health promotion. I am ambitious towards addressing all of these areas when working with Indigenous people.
My goal is to relocate to a rural area where Indigenous communities are predominant as I have the knowledge of the historical background of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people and a great understanding of how history influences our people’s lives. I want to make a difference by actively engaging the Indigenous community in decisions about their health care as this has been proven to be crucial in improving health services and increasing Indigenous people’s trust.
Furthermore, as a qualified Registered Nurse I will commit to improving Indigenous health by encouraging access to appropriate healthcare services and communicating effectively with appropriate language. I believe the right health care professionals can have an enormous impact the Indigenous mortality and morbidity rates purely through the right education and communication.