My people are the Nari Nari People, Big Sky Country on the Hay Plains of NSW. My ancestors also hail from the Ngemba Tribal Groups of the Brewarrina region. I have been living off Country now since 1997, but the Hay Plains are where I was born and raised, and where home and Country is. I have been living on Kaurna Country for over 14 years now and have had the privilege of working with the local community, lecturing in Indigenous Education and Health for most of this time at Flinders University.
I took up the position of Lecturer of Indigenous Health for the Flinders Medical School, in the College of Medicine and Public Health last year just before COVID hit. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of commencing a medical curriculum transition and transformation in Indigenous Health over the last 18 months across the Doctor of Medicine program, and across the footprint of Flinders University in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
I have always been an educator, commencing my career as a secondary Science and Humanities teacher. I moved into tertiary education after a failed attempt at studying medicine and have now been in the sector for 10 years. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges of the lecture theatre and tutorial spaces of helping students unlearn much of what they bring to the classroom and assisting to transform their knowledge and practice regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and health.
I am an Early Career Academic and am spread across several research projects, but my newly formed PhD is based in Aboriginal Health and medical education. I am passionate about driving and transforming conversations, learning, and relationships in Indigenous health with my students to shift thinking, eliminate stereotypes and create critical medical allies who are culturally and clinically effective, safe and competent practitioners for our families and communities.