Meet our first Aboriginal Medical School graduate

Thursday 18 December 2014

Dr Jessica King has become the first Aboriginal Medical School graduate from ANU.  Congratulations to all Medical School graduands receiving their MChD degree (Doctor of Medicine and Surgery) on 17 December 2014.

Dr King will commence work as an intern at Canberra Hospital in January, pursuing her dream to become a rural doctor.  "My heart is in the country," she said.

Growing up in Darwin, Dr King spent every weekend and school holidays in remote Indigenous communities with her extended family in the Larrakia and Warumungu tribes.

"It was a marvellous way to grow up and a different way to see the world. I'm a bush kid, that's where my heart is," she said.

Dr King has now achieved her dream and graduated with a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, (MChD) which is a comprehensive and varied four-year course for graduate students looking to enter the rewarding field of medicine.

"It's great to be the first Aboriginal graduate from the ANU Medical School," Dr King said.

Dr King completed her Bachelor of Science at ANU in 2005, when the opportunity came to go back and study medicine, she grabbed it with both hands.

She was the first recipient of the ANU National Indigenous Medicine Scholarship.

"A Doctor of Medicine and Surgery is a four year postgraduate degree and a lot of hard work but worth every moment," she said.

"My goal is to be a bush doctor and ACT Health is helping me to do that by allowing me to go as rural as I can as a new Intern. From there I'll go wherever the opportunities take me."

Photo: Class of 2014 pictured at their Graduation Ball with members of staff on 19 December 2014.

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