6 May 2015
Six Indigenous doctors and final year medical students
interested in surgical training are in Perth this week as part of
the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 84th Annual
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 have also met with College leaders at the Indigenous
Doctors' Breakfast to share their views on leadership career
pathways for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical
Nicholls is a doctor at the Palmerston North Hospital in New
Zealand with a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery. Lincoln served
as Board Member of TeORA (the NZ Mâori Doctors Association) from
2010 - 2011 and in 2013 served as a Regimental Medical Officer at
the Kiwi Base, Bamyan, Afghanistan.
is a final year student at the University of New South Wales.
Mikayla has worked as a researcher with the George Institute on
Road User Safety in Indigenous Communities and with the Redfern
Aboriginal Medical Service in Sydney.
Rahiri is a doctor at the Manukau Super Clinic in Auckland.
She is also a Surgical Research Fellow at the University of
Auckland and is working towards a PhD in Surgery and Hauora
is a final year student at the University of New South Wales with a
particular interest in trauma surgery.
is a junior doctor with the Whanganui Hospital. He served as the
clinical representative for the Te Oranga (Maori medical students
association) 2012- 2013 and currently provides mentoring to top
Mâori and Pacific scholarship recipients.
is a final year student at the University of Western Sydney and
also completing a Master of Indigenous Health with the University
of Wollongong. He is the current Australian Indigenous Doctors
Association Director (Student) and President of the University of
Western Sydney Medical Society. He also sits on the UWS Board of
Directors - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory
Their attendance is made possible by travel bursaries sponsored
by the Foundation for Surgery, which is part of a suite of
strategies identified by RACS to maximise the success of Indigenous
doctors progressing into surgical training.
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