Mahatia Minniecon
Mahatia Minniecon

Mahatia Minniecon

Indigenous Health Scholarship 2022

Deakin University, VIC

Bachelor of Medicine
Scholarship Awarded 2020

Sponsored by:
Rotary Club of Box Hill

Indigenous Health Scholarship Program

How will I contribute to improving Indigenous health as a qualified medical practitioner or health worker?

When I become a doctor, I want to be involved in the implementation of programs that will aide my community. Health in Aboriginal culture is complex and is defined by a range of cultural, historical and societal issues, with many barriers in place that do not allow Indigenous populations to access culturally safe and effective care. I believe that having Indigenous health practitioners aiding to create that culturally safe environment will benefit the wider community in living and thriving; not in their past, but in their present and future, and I hope to one day help create the future.

Current Progressive Report

The first half of this year has been incredibly busy as I have been focused on preparing for my intern year and securing a job for the upcoming year. I started with a rotation in mental health, where I discovered a deep interest in child and adolescent mental health. This experience was particularly fulfilling and impactful.

Next, I tackled Anaesthetics, where I honed my skills in airway management, refreshed my knowledge of ICU care for deteriorating patients, and learned the mechanics of ventilation. It was a challenging but valuable experience.

My Palliative care rotation took me to Hamilton for a week, allowing me to work closely with the palliative care team and participate in home visits to provide end-of-life care. This experience emphasized the importance of empathy and patient-centered care.

Amidst these rotations, I dedicated five weeks to my research scholar project, which I will present at a conference later this year.

As I approach the final stretch of my academic year, I am currently in my last GP rotation, with exams on the horizon next month. It’s the culmination of all the hard work and knowledge consolidation from my third year, aimed at preparing me for the responsibilities of internship.

On the personal front, my family continues to keep me busy and reminds me of the importance of work-life balance. They are all growing up so quickly, and it’s a constant reminder to cherish these moments.

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