Medical School training doctors to close the gap in Indigenous health

Saturday 3 October 2015
Indigenous student

Final year medical student Arumina Jain is one of a select group of students from the ANU Medical School who will graduate this year with specialised training in Indigenous Health.

In partnership with Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, the ANU's medical school runs Australia's only dedicated Indigenous health stream program.

Now in its sixth year, the program gives medical students experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, teaching them about specific cultural and health care needs.

Born in Indonesia, Ms Jain said she had little understanding of Aboriginal culture before migrating to Australia as a high school student.

"My family is originally Indian, so I grew up away from Australia and didn't really have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their history or culture before I moved here," she said.

"One of my best friends is Aboriginal and through him, I had an insight into some of the issues he faced on a personal level.

"He inspired me to learn more about Aboriginal people and to try and understand more about why there is a disparity."

As part of their training, students selected for the Indigenous health stream undertake placements atWinnunga Nimmityjah.

They also participate in cultural immersion on the New South Wales south coast and have the opportunity to work in remote Indigenous communities around the country. 

see full article on the ABC news Canberra website

Article and photograph by Hannah Walmsley ABC News Canberra

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