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Indigenous women graduates take hands on role in health

Date posted: 6 November 2013

The University of New South Wales was recently home to the largest group of Aboriginal people to graduate from a university medical faculty at one time.

Six women, Sheila Hure, Elaine Lomas, Joanne Delaney, Jennifer King, Sethy Willie and Dea Delaney-Theile all received their degrees while working full-time at the Aboriginal Medical Service in Mount Druitt - home to Australia's largest urban Aboriginal population.

'Twenty years ago it was a very rare thing to have an Aboriginal person studying medicine or public health,' said Lisa Jackson Pulver, professor of public health at UNSW. 'These women have worked incredibly hard.'

Pulver estimates there are about 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying public health in Australia - a number that is on the rise. 'We've come great strides and we have a lot to shout about.'

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


Last updated: 8 November 2013
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