Indigenous Doctors meet up in Cairns

////Indigenous Doctors meet up in Cairns

Indigenous Doctors meet up in Cairns

From September 14-17 some of our past and present Indigenous Health Scholars had a chance to catch up at AIDA 2016, a professional development and networking event held in Cairns (QLD) by the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA).

This year’s theme was ‘A Journey of Strength and Resilience’ which encouraged participants to reflect on the perseverance and determination needed as one embarks on the journey of their medical career.

Throughout the four-day event, a range of topics were discussed, including:

• How we can provide quality health outcomes and improve the experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
• The future of our health workforce
• How to close the gap in Indigenous health by improving the outcome of medical conditions that are specifically affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

There were also a number of workshops on:
• Racism and resilience
• Emergency medicine
• Suturing and laparoscopic skills
• Toxicology
• Pain management

We’d like to especially congratulate our Indigenous Health Scholarship recipient, Mr Ian Lee who was presented the ‘Indigenous Student of the Year’ AIDA Award for 2016, and was also announced as Student Director of the AIDA Board of Directors.

(From left: Ian Lee, Associate Member of the Year – Professor Jennifer Reath, and Indigenous Doctor of the Year – Associate Professor Dr Bradley Murphy)

Our Programs Co-ordinator Cheryl Deguara bumped into some familiar faces and had a wonderful time catching up.

(From left: Aleeta Fejo (sponsored by Rotary Club is Mitcham), Cheryl Deguara (ARH Program Coordinator), Greg Spice (sponsored by Rotary Club of South Sydney) and Janelle Trees (sponsored by Rotary Club of Hurstville)

Sean White

Keith Gleeson with Aleeta Fejo

Aleeta Fejo

Jonathan Newchurch

Ngaree Blow

South Australian Universities Cohort

It was also great to hear from some of our past Australian Rotary Health funded scholars. Since becoming student delegate, Sean White (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parkes) has worked on AIDA’s Board of Directors and is now the Vice President of AIDA. In one of the sessions, Sean was the MC, introducing some of his fellow ARH scholars.

We also heard from past ARH Indigenous Health Scholarship recipients Aleeta Fejo and Keith Gleeson who spoke of their vision for Indigenous Health.

While first year doctor, Ngaree Blow shared her views on what ‘Close the Gap’ means to her and highlighted the importance of equity if we are to achieve equality.

Our South Australian University’s past and present Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health scholarship recipients.

(From left: Ian Lee, Jessica Beinke, Bodie Rodman, Olivia O’Donoghue, Kali Hayward, Jonathan Newchurch, Dr Helen Sage and Cheryl Deguara).