Dr Declan Scott – The importance of community within medicine

AIDA spoke with Dr Declan Scott, a Wirlomin Noongar man from the ancestral country on the south coast of WA roughly between Bremer Bay and Esperance. Declan grew up in Coolbellup in Perth and is now an Intern at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and … Continued

A voice for Indigenous health education and student leadership

Miss Kelly Langford has been an Indigenous Medical Student Member with AIDA since her first year of enrolment in the Doctor of Medicine at The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2015. She is a proud Darraba woman from the Badjala Nation on Fraser Island. We asked what inspired Kelly to study medicine. “When I … Continued

Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker – Australia’s first Indigenous ophthalmologist

AIDA spoke with Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker about his career, art, culture and music, and his connection to AIDA. Kristopher was born in Canberra, ACT, where his dad worked with National Parks and Wildlife Service and his mum worked in the Aboriginal Development Commission. Although he doesn’t remember it, Kristopher says Uncle Neville Bonner held him … Continued

Australia’s first Indigenous Orthopaedic Registrar

AIDA spoke with Australia’s first Indigenous Orthopaedic Registrar, Anthony Murray. He was accepted by the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS) as a Surgical Education and Training (SET) trainee in Orthopaedics, and will commence in 2017. Anthony has worked as an unaccredited trainee in Orthopaedics since 2015 at the Central Coast, NSW. … Continued

Identifying the gaps in Indigenous health knowledge

AIDA met with Rural Medicine Australia 2016 Bursary recipient Miss Danielle Dries to find out what inspired her to study medicine. “I think that my dad might have influenced me a bit. When I was doing physiotherapy, he sent me an email telling me that medical school had started in Canberra and that he thought … Continued

Emergency medicine with a passion – Dealing with what comes your way

Life milestones such as graduating from medical school and becoming a father for the first time are special moments – cherished and remembered forever. But if your first born arrived in the middle of your university medical studies and your dad, a role model and hero to you, would never see you graduate, it’s fair … Continued

A healthcare journey in the Torres Strait Islands

AIDA member and Aboriginal medical student, Ms Anne-Maree Nielsen received the MDA National and Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDDA) Rural Health Bursary for 2015. She chose Thursday Island as the location for her clinical placement, firstly because she wanted to learn more about Torres Strait Islander culture, and secondly to further consolidate her medical … Continued

What makes a successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctor?

Dr Sarah McEwan is an AIDA member who likes to keep herself busy. With three fellowships to her name and a host of academic qualifications, Sarah has achieved a great deal in her relatively brief career to date. Sarah is currently enrolled in a Masters of Health Administration and is working on a research proposal … Continued