Indigenous Health MedTalk covers topics related to women's and men's health, family health and wellness, mental health, sexual health and community innovations related to and affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Hosted by Dr Danielle Arabena: the Medical Educator for the Indigenous Health Training Team at General Practice Training Queensland. Danielle speaks to innovators, trail blazers and community leaders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and medicine.
A podcast, not exclusively for Medical Doctors, but anyone with an interest in Indigenous health.
Generational Journey through Health: Yarning with the Arabena Family (Meriam Mer Descendants)
On the show today Dr Danielle Arabena is joined by her family, her sister Professor Kerry Arabena founder of the First 1000 Days Australia and her daughters Dr Kayla Arabena-Byrnes, a medical doctor and artist and Amy Arabena-Byrnes a Torres Strait Islander health worker and first year midwifery student. They discuss their family legacy, resilience, their different journeys into health.
Bringing Back the Warrior and Changing the Narrative with Dwayne Bannon-Harrison
On the show today Dr Danielle Arabena yarns with Dwayne Bannon-Harrison who comes to share his ideology of bringing back the warrior, to change the narrative, shift the mindset and help men regain their connection, healing and growth. He leads the way for change through a positive outlook and through the teachings of his Grandfather and his elders.
Dwayne is a Yuin- Ngarrugu Descendant with connections to the Yorta-Yorta, Dja Dja Warrup, Watchabolic & Gunai language groups. Through 10 years of dedication helping Indigenous males regain connection, healing & growth he believes the concept of Bring Back The Warrior is giving humility & a much needed voice to first nations males. He also is the founding director of Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, Co founder of Mirritya Mundya Indigenous Twist along with being an integral member of the NSW Aboriginal Tourism Operators Council.
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Serving Indigenous Communities with Dr Claudia Collins
Dr Danielle Arabena yarns with Dr Claudia Collins who works as a senior medical officer and lead clinician at Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health on Minjerribah, Stradbroke Island. Having grown up in Far North Queensland, Claudia shares how her journey with med school and her work as a doctor sparked her passion with Indigenous and rural health. Claudia also shares some of the simple yet powerful teachings from community elders.
Claudia is currently working as Senior Medical Officer and Lead Clinician at Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health - serving the communities connected to Minjerribah (NSI), and the bayside communities around Capalaba and Wynnum.
She is also a current Training Advisor for the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway, navigating career pathways for rural primary care registrars across the state of Queensland.
She has been living in Brisbane since 2018, but working within the Indigenous Health sector in regional and rural QLD since 2013 - as both an ACRRM registrar and fellowed Rural Generalist. She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous Health: particularly with regards to providing culturally appropriate gold-standard care, and working towards health equality for our First Nations People. She has had cultural mentors during her career that have been instrumental in challenging and fostering her understanding of the landscape and challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, particularly in relation to health, and continues to be mentored as she progresses through her career.
Starting her medical career in Central Queensland at Rockhampton Hospital, Claudia has worked then worked as a registrar in Longreach, and then as a senior Registrar and fellowed GP for Nhulundu Health Service in Gladstone (5yrs), and then as a locum GP for Bidgerdii Health Service in Gladstone, and Gidgee Healing in Mount Isa. When first moving to Brisbane, she came for an opportunity to work for the IUIH network at Moreton ATSICHS in their Caboolture and Deception Bay clinics, before making the move to Senior GP and then Senior Medical Officer at Yulu Burri Ba.
Nhulundu Health Service was instrumental in fostering her passion for working within the ACCHO sector, and she had strong cultural mentors who helped to shape her viewpoints and drive for providing quality care to First Nations People, whom she also now considers as friends. She was accepted by Community and had fostered strong links which improved service delivery and outcomes for clients interacting with both the AMS and the local public hospital.
Claudia grew up in far north Queensland and graduated from James Cook University School of Medicine - which has a strong curriculum emphasis on Rural Remote Indigenous and Tropical Health. She completed all of her SOM placements and rotations with these foundations - spending a considerable amount of time during her university years in Mount Isa. She holds fellowship with ACRRM and has an advanced skill in Indigenous Health (previously also an AST in Obstetrics).
She is an alumni of the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway, and a former Queensland Rural Health Scholarship Scheme (QHRSS) holder.
Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health: https://www.ybb.com.au/
Contact Dr Claudia Collins: Claudia.Collins@ybb.com.au
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Resilience, Persistence and Passion: A Story of a School Teacher and Her Journey through Medicine
On the show today Dr Danielle Arabena yarns with Dr Casey Kalsi, an Indigenous GP who shares her journey of resilience after a significant motor vehicle accident put her on the path to her true calling. Along the way Casey experiences the highs and lows but shows she has the inner strength to keep going. There is something in her journey that we can all learn and grow from.
Dr Casey Kalsi grew up in Brisbane and graduated medicine at the University of Queensland. Her diverse cultural background being Greek and Aboriginal allows her to relate well with people of all cultures and Dr Kalsi has a special interest in working with her mob to close the gap. Dr Kalsi was a school teacher before becoming a Doctor and believes education and health go hand in hand.
Reconnecting to your innate wisdom with Wayapa Wuurrk
Dr Danielle Arabena yarns with Jamie Marloo Thomas and Sara Jones, the Co-Creators & Directors of Wayapa Wuurrk. Wayapa is an internationally accredited and trademarked earth and mindfulness connection practice based on Indigenous wisdom, the very first of its kind. They chat about ways we can all reconnect to our innate wisdom and the great Mother by living in a mindful, sustainable and earth healing way.
Wayapa Wuurrk Jamie is a proud GunaiKurnai man and Maara descendant and Sara is a Canadian Welsh Australian. In 2014, Jamie, and Sara, created Wayapa Wuurrk® (which translates to Connect to Earth), an internationally-accredited and trademarked Earth Mindfulness Connection Practice. Based on Indigenous wisdom of living in harmony with the environment, Wayapa combines ancient earth mindfulness, storytelling and embodiment meditation to create Earth Mind Body Spirit Well-being. Jamie & Sara have shared Wayapa with thousands of people in Australia and around the world. They have also trained over 130 Wayapa Practitioners to help them deliver Wayapa Workshops to a wide variety of audiences including child care centres and schools, government departments, corporate organisations, the prison system, community groups and the health care sector. Jamie is a regular speaker at conferences and events and has also recently become a published co-author with Sara, contributing a chapter in "Silver Linings", a book about uplifting stories coming out of the global COVID-19 pandemic and "Being Fine, the other F Word" a book about mens mental health. Jamie and Sara are passionate about helping people tap into their ancestral knowledge to create purpose, belonging and intergenerational well-being for a healthier, more connected planet.
From Coal Mining to Medicine with Professor Peter O'Mara
Dr Danielle Arabena yarns with Professor Peter O'Mara about his journey into medicine, his work as the president of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA), his connection with spirituality and his special relationship with the Ngangkari. They also discuss the impact of racism on the health and well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, how they experience in-health care and how this can cause potential barriers to accessing healthcare.
Professor Peter O'Mara was President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) from 2009-2013. Peter was elected Chair of RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in 2016 and is a Wiradjuri man from NSW. Peter did not take the conventional road to medicine and had established a career in the Hunter Valley coal mines before becoming a doctor and completed his medical degree from the University of Newcastle in 1999. He became a Fellow of the RACGP in 2003 and obtained his Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice/Graduate Diploma in Rural General Practice in 2007. In 2008 Peter pursued his other passion - making good doctors - and took on the position of Associate Professor of Indigenous medical education and head of the discipline of Indigenous Health at the University of Newcastle. He then took the position of Professor in August 2020.
Insightful and entertaining! Love Dr D!
Insightful and delightful
Dr Danielle is a fabulous host and the guests bring a great insight and understanding to the issues and intricacies of Indigenous health in Australia. Great and worthwhile listen!