Indigenous Health Scholarship 2019
Deakin University, Vic
Bachelor of Nursing
Scholarship Awarded 2016
How will I contribute to improving Indigenous health as a qualified medical practitioner or health worker?
My goal is to complete my Bachelor of Nursing followed by Bachelor of Midwifery. I see the role of nurse as a professionally qualified health practitioner with expertise, knowledge and skills within health care settings. In my current employment as an Aboriginal Health Worker/Amic worker I have become very aware of some of the major health issues that affect Aboriginal Children and their families. These include gestational diabetes, fatal alcohol spectrum disorder, drug intake/smoking during pregnancy, rheumatic heart disease, low birth weight, iron deficiency dental problems, obesity, mental health issues, domestic violence.
Once I am qualified and experienced as a Registered Nurse I see myself working hands-on as well as encouraging and supporting the next generation of Aboriginal and Maternal Infant Care workers in a similar career pathway. I see a real need for Aboriginal health professionals in this area and I realise the importance of young Aboriginal women being educated in areas such as bodily functions, sex education, contraception, and for mothers and babies the importance of diet, attending appointments, positive parenting and general health holistically.
When giving birth in main stream hospitals that have gaps and barriers for Aboriginal women my job role will make sure that women are comfortable and have culturally appropriate support. As a qualified nurse/midwife I will be able to fulfill the above and more in this role. Working as a registered nurse in a hospital or other acute setting I see my role as vital especially for aboriginal patients.