2 May 2016
Two Aboriginal medical students and four Māori junior doctors
interested in surgical training are in Brisbane this week as guests
of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for their
Annual Scientific Congress.
These prospective surgical Trainees have been invited by the
College to participate in the Congress educational program, network
with Fellows and other professionals involved in surgery, and visit
local Aboriginal health services.
They will meet with RACS leaders this week at the Indigenous
Doctors' Breakfast to share their views on leadership career
pathways for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical
Kersandra Begley is a final year medical
student at the University of Sydney. Ms Begley is currently the
Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association Student Director and has
been actively engaged working in indigenous health with placements
in Narromine, Orange, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek Townsville and
Claudia Paul is a final year medical student at
the University of Adelaide. She is passionate about Indigenous
health, surgery and active in mentoring younger medical students.
Ms Paul has worked in health promotion and intends to focus on
improving cultural communication programs in particular.
Dr Zanazir Alexander is a doctor at Middlemore
Hospital in Auckland with a passion for orthopaedic surgery and
research. Dr Alexander hopes to assist in bridging the gap in Māori
health disparities by pursuing a career in surgery as well as
inspiring others to consider a career in health.
Dr Jaclyn Aramoana-Arlidge is a doctor at North
Shore Hospital in Auckland. Dr AramoanaArlidge is interested in
general surgery as well as research and has a focus on improving
the retention rates of Māori medical students and creating
culturally appropriate systems and processes for patients.
Dr Joshua Knudsen is a doctor with the Hawke's
Bay DHB in Hastings. Dr Knudsen is committed to improving health
care for Māori and Islander patients who feel they have been
previously let down by the health care system. Dr Knudsen is active
in arthroscopy research and has published a number of relevant
Dr Kopa Manahi is a doctor at Hawke's Bay
Fallen Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Dr Manahi aspires
to train as a general surgeon to enable him to provide both
clinical services to the community as well as continuing to act as
an educational role model.
Their attendance has been made possible by travel bursaries
sponsored by the RACS Foundation for Surgery, which is part of a
suite of strategies identified by the College to maximise the
success of Indigenous doctors progressing into surgical
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