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Date posted: 9 December 2013
Dr Noel Hayman, a champion of improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will receive the Gatton gold medal this week at the Gatton campus of the University of Queensland (UQ). The UQ Gatton gold medal is awarded each year to a past student who has made an outstanding contribution in their field.
Dr Hayman is addressing the gap that exists between the life expectancy of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians directly in his role as Clinical Director of Inala Indigenous Health Service, which he helped establish in 1995. He also heads the Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Primary Health Care, which he helped establish this year, to enhance the capacity of the Inala service.
'It was my science background from my time at Gatton that allowed me to enter the UQ medicine program,' Dr Hayman said. 'It was this foundation that led me to my career in Indigenous health. So to win the Gatton gold medal is a huge honour and is a tribute to the beginning of my tertiary education.'
Dr Hayman is a consultant for the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our warm congratulations to him.
Source: University of Queensland