Russell Thompson

Indigenous Health Scholarship 2018

University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Medicine
Scholarship Awarded 2015
Sponsored by:
Rotary Club of Junee

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

Ever  since the age of five I have aspired to become a doctor by taking small steps towards my goal until I was educated and mature enough to handle the responsibility that are associated with becoming a medical professional.   Since my first university degree I have always maintained the desire to become a General Practitioner.   Through my studies and working alongside General Practitioners at the local medical centre has helped to solidify the fact that I would like to become a GP (specialising in surgery and obstetrics) and practice in the New England (Kamilaroi) region of NSW.

The purpose for me studying medicine initially was the idea of helping others and continuously educating myself with health topics that interest me.   Although this is still the case, since beginning to studying medicine the idea of helping people has evolved by better understanding the importance of social factors affecting one’s environment, such as, discrimination, history, culture, community, work, friends, family, socioeconomic issues like housing and education, and the importance of all of these issues have towards an individual or a communities health.   Learning these issues helped me realise that a person’s health is determined by a host of factors outside of a solely biomedical issues.   As a medical practitioner it is my responsibility to use my medical training to help my local community and doing my part to help close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.   I will do this by working with allied staff, acting as an advocate for Indigenous health in my area, and act by promoting and assisting in education, health, housing and making my community safe.

Current Progressive Report

I can’t believe it has been 5 years since I have started medicine. Its been a wonderful journey so far and I am excited to graduate at the end of 2019 and begin my career as a doctor.

Much has happened this year both good and bad. Firstly, the good. I have been continuing my work on the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association [AIDA] board and learnt much regarding company management. Further to this its my duty to manage a Student Representative Council for AIDA. This year we worked together to create a framework and online reflection tool for medical societies to better engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. I am proud of this document and all the work that has been put into it. Roll out will be in September.

My studies are progressing nicely. I am passing all of my units and I am enjoying being in the hospital full time very much. I love being able to have the human-human interaction. It gives me a feeling of worth and makes me want to work harder.

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