Indigenous Health Scholarship
University of Sunshine Coast, QLD
Bachelor of Nursing
Scholarship Awarded 2020
How will I contribute to improving Indigenous health as a qualified medical practitioner or health worker?
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.
Current Progressive Report
2020 was challenging, with COVID-19 and studying, taking classes through zoom was very overwhelming. Doing online learning was difficult for me, however I got through the obstacles thrown at me. Firstly, I had sorry business, and COVID made things very difficult for the family. Then once again due to COVID had to find new housing, on top of everything had 3 assignment due all at ones. Fortunately a friend helped me out to find new accommodation and with the support of my Indigenous mentor from the USC (University of Sunshine Coast) I was able to get extensions on my assignment which allow me to find a new home and settle in. I am amazed that I passed after having a cried was able to plan, prioritise and take action.
After passing my subjects I was able to move on this year starting my prac 3 on the 25th January NUR287 in Trimester 3. I am finding it challenging after having not being on a prac since 2015, however I am almost there with enrolment of my prac 4 placement at Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SSCUH) in surgical ward starting at beginning of semester 1 and then at last my internship placement in session 4. If all goes well, I hope to graduate on the 23rd of July 2021.