2023 Board Nominees

Dr Crystal Williams  

Nominating herself to continue as an AIDA Board member. Dr Crystal Williams has been a long-standing member of AIDA since her first year of medical school and benefited from AIDA’s support throughout her medical journey.  

Dr Crystal Williams has completed additional training including the highly respected Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (AICD) to upskill in effective board governance. She is keen to continue to contribute to AIDA and support the new generation of Indigenous doctors and support AIDA’s position as a leader in Indigenous health advocacy. 

Dr Ella Ceolin 

Nominating herself to join the AIDA Board. Dr Ella Ceolin is a proud Murri and Italian woman. On her mother’s side, she is Irrukanji Djabugay and Wulgurukaba from Cairns and Townsville respectively. On her father’s side, she is Italian with family originating from the North of Italy.  

Dr Ella Ceolin was born and raised in Meanjin (Brisbane), and she completed her medical degree through The University of Queensland in 2022. She currently works as a junior doctor working in regional and rural communities in Central Queensland. She served on the AIDA board as the Student Director in 2020-2021. Dr Ella hopes to continue to create positive changes for our mob in the Director role. 

Dr Jean Pepperill  

Nominating herself to continue as an AIDA Board member. Dr Jean Pepperill is a Kaytetye woman from Barrow Creek in the Northern Territory. She has been living and working in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) since her third year as a medical student. Her current role is a Psychiatry Registrar with the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatry.  

Dr Jean Pepperill is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health including the health and wellbeing of our doctors. AIDA has been critical throughout her journey in Medicine. It stands to improve the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Workforce. The mentorship and advocacy that AIDA does is fundamental to Closing the Gap and improving the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.  

Dr Natalie Pink 

Nominating herself to continue as an AIDA Board member. Dr Natalie Pink is a proud Nyikina woman born on Kaurna land. Earlier this year, she was awarded fellowship from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine as a rural generalist with advanced specialised training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. 

Throughout her career, she has been representing mob at various levels – through individual organisations, state health committees including the AMA SA as well as national representation on various working groups and the federal AMA. In the past 12 months, she has served on the AIDA board providing advocacy for mob, rural generalism, doctors in training and medical students. She hopes to continue to provide advocacy to improve the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander medical journey, improve health outcomes and continue to influence both local and national health policy. 

Mr Kyle Ryan 

Re-nominating as AIDA Student Director for 2024. Kyle is a Yuggera Ugarapul man from Inala, Queensland. He is currently a third-year medical student at The University of Queensland. Alongside this Kyle’s other roles include Indigenous Officer for his local medical society and the Australian Medical Student’s Association’s Indigenous Advocacy Chair, Kyle hopes to be able to enhance healthcare education for all medical students and to create a more culturally safe space within medical schools. 

The work Kyle does, is ultimately for his communities and Kyle will always acknowledge their strength and determination for better outcomes and representation