Where you are from (Hometown/Nation/People and current location)?
I am a Kombumerri woman of the Gold Coast. I am currently living on the Gold Coast.
Where on the medical continuum are you?
I am in my 2nd of 5 years.
Current workplace or place of study? (Any interesting placements/experiences)
What does a typical day of your life entail and how do you unwind after a day of work/study? (Do you have any additional talents?)
I am a classical singer and spend most of my spare time either singing or teaching singing. I am a singing teacher for a number of indigenous students that are members of the yugambeh youth choir.
Who or what was your biggest inspiration in becoming a doctor?
My biggest inspiration would be my family as they have always encouraged me to pursue my dreams and to work as hard as I can.
Has AIDA supported you through your studies/career? If so, how?
AIDA has given me the opportunity to meet a number of other indigenous doctors and students who have given me lots of insight into the years I have ahead of me.
Have you encountered any culturally safety issues during your studies/career?
I have a great support system at my university and the medical program does cultural sensitivity programs for all the students that make the overall environment extremely friendly and culturally appropriate.
What inspires you within the medical profession? (Particularly Indigenous medicine)
I am extremely inspired by the kids that I work with as it encourages me to continue doing what I’m doing. Seeing how proud they are of me and how much they look up to me inspires me to work harder and not give up.
Have you been a mentee or mentor? What has your experience been?
I am a mentor for my vocal students and I aim to inspire them to follow their dreams and help them to achieve any of their goals despite the environment that they may come from.
What field of medicine is your passion?
I would like to be an ENT surgeon.
Have you won any awards/prizes/scholarships or other notable achievements? (Not restricted to just medicine)
I am the recipient of Bond University’s Indigenous Medical Scholarship. I also have my certificate of performance in classical voice.
What do you see/hope to achieve in your future?
I hope that I am successful I’m achieving my dreams and encouraging other Indigenous people to do the same.
Are you looking forward to the AIDA Conference 2018 in Perth? If so, why?
I am always looking forward to the AIDA conference as it is an opportunity to meet up with like minded people that share similar stories and passions to myself.