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Doctor of Medicine student Ngaree Blow has won the 2013 Australian Medical Association (AMA) Indigenous peoples medical scholarship.
Valued at $9000 for each year of study, the scholarship provides support and encouragement for Indigenous students studying medicine, and aims to increase the number of Indigenous doctors in Australia.
Professor Stephen Smith, Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton awarded Ms Blow the scholarship.
Ms Blow says she has embraced the fight to close the life-expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and wants to see improvements in health inequalities. 'I want to work with my community and other Indigenous communities because I am proud of my culture,' Ms Blow says. 'I want to see changes in health outcomes to decrease the significant amount of grief and loss for my family and my community, and I want to see greater opportunities for my people in areas such as education.'
Dr Hambleton says the scholarship is designed to encourage and support Indigenous students preparing for their careers in medicine, particularly in Indigenous health. 'Assisting Indigenous medical students to complete their studies is a positive step toward ensuring there are more Indigenous doctors to serve their communities,' he says.
Source: The University of Melbourne Voice