Indigenous Health Scholarship 2023
Curtin University, WA
Doctor of Medicine
Scholarship Awarded 2023
Dr King Gan
How will I contribute to improving Indigenous health as a qualified medical practitioner or health worker?
I grew up around the Karrajarri people of Bidgydanga community where I had witnessed many of my close families diagnosed with chronic health conditions simply because of the lack of health access and education we have within our community.
I constantly reflect upon the health of my people, which greatly disappointed me to think that my people as purely disadvantaged in this community. I have witnessed the upsetting truth between the health gap of my people, where many young, close relationships are affected.
I know I will become a Kaldadoon, Waanji and East Arrenernte doctor that my people have been needing. My purpose to becoming a doctor is what my ancestors had fought for. The had fought for the opportunities for me to become a leader in this world. I am driven to learn as much as I can from western medicine, to know one day I can break down the barriers for my people.
When I am a doctor I would like to be the professional with whom my people enjoy consulting. I want to listen to what people need, teach and empower them to take ownership of their health. I believe that education is a fundamental asset in empowering myself and my community to better health outcomes. After 9 years at boarding school in the city, I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be educated in hopes to make future changes for my people and his country.