When I become a qualified medical practitioner my major hope is to work with the Indigenous population in both a rural and urban setting. In high school and my first year of medicine, I learned a lot about the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and I was appalled at the statistics. Being an Indigenous doctor I hope to become a role model for my people and contribute as much as I can to closing his gap within my lifetime.
I know that for many Indigenous people, especially in remote areas, the health system can be daunting, and filled with institutionalised racism that is hard to avoid. I want my patients to walk out of my room knowing that they are cared for. I want them to go home understanding their bodies and how to look after it in their own unique way; incorporating traditional medicine they believe in as well as western medicine.
I hope to increase cultural awareness among my fellow colleagues about Indigenous health, to hopefully eradicate negative stereotypes about Indigenous patients, and focus on the actual problems, closing the gap. I believe that it is crucial for everyone, especially health professionals, to have an understanding of Indigenous culture in order to deliver the best care possible. As a doctor I hope to become an advocate for Indigenous health education in medical schools and even early childhood education.