Medical student recognised for Indigenous leadership

Thursday 26 September 2013

Final year medical student Danielle Medek has been awarded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Student Award. This award recognises an outstanding student who has been involved in leadership activity.

Medek, a non-Indigenous medical student, is the first medical student to complete four years in the ANU Medical School's Indigenous Health Stream. Over the four years Medek has immersed herself in Aboriginal health issues and activities.

In her third year Medek undertook a year-long rural placement in Bega in South-East NSW where she actively engaged with the community by undertaking a weekly placement at Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services - the local Aboriginal community controlled health service.

As an ANU Community Ambassador Medek assisted at a homework centre for Indigenous students at a high school in Eden, and regularly travelled to tutor there. She has worked to ensure that this initiative is continued by the next cohort of students based in Bega.

In addition, Medek has run tutoring at Erindale High School and has set in motion tutoring for high school students in Queanbeyan.

Professor Nicholas Glasgow, Dean of the ANU Medical School said "This is a wonderful recognition for Danielle and I congratulate her for her commitment, passion and remarkable achievements. The award also reflects the dedication, hard work and innovative programs put in place by a wonderful team of people working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health here in the Medical School. My sincere thanks to ANU Medical School indigenous health staff, and to the ACT Government and John James Foundation for their support."

Image: Dr George Laking, Ms Danielle Medek and Dr Aleeta Fejo

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