#16 AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship 2018
31 June, 2018
The recipient of the 2018 AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship is Pirpantji Rive-Nelson.
AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, presented with the award at the AMA National Conference in June.
Mr Rive-Nelson, from Alice Springs, is a final-year medical student at the University of Queensland, attending the Rural Medical School in Toowoomba. He plans to return to Central Australia to work as a clinician.
“My aspirations include, but are not confined to, a fulfilling and challenging career practising medicine in Alice Springs Hospital, inspiring youth of Central Australia to pursue health careers, and to take on leadership and advocacy roles within Central Australia and national health care organisations,” Mr Rive-Nelson said.
“Many Indigenous Australians of Central Australia do not speak English as a primary language, and seeking health care from the Alice Springs Hospital is a daunting experience. Therefore, I hope to actively assist Pitjantjatjara-speaking patients, and my colleagues, by being a clinician who is able to navigate both languages and cultures competently.
“Due to my previous experiences, I am extremely eager to find a pathway in medicine that will be procedural in nature, and an area that will have a meaningful impact on the health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, so that all of us in Central Australia can enjoy a greater quality of health.”
Dr Gannon said Mr Rive-Nelson is a deserving recipient of the $10,000 a year Scholarship.
Fewer than 300 doctors working in Australia identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander – representing 0.3 per cent of the workforce. Only 286 Indigenous medical students were enrolled across the nation in 2017.
The AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship was established in 1994 with a contribution from the Commonwealth Government.
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