“As a medical student and future doctor, I am obviously unable to singlehandedly ‘close the gap’ and improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The social determinants of health can be improved only through a multifactorial and interdisciplinary approach that involves government support and, most importantly, the ownership, backing, and direct participation of communities.
“I aim to have a career that focuses on improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, one where I work in a culturally safe and collaborative manner with communities. I hope one day non-Indigenous health professionals will not be needed in communities, with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders working in their stead in healthier and better-supported communities. Until then, whether the improvement will be small or large and impact many or few, I hope to follow Maggie Grant-Wronski’s example and do what I can as an advocate, student, and clinician. The current situation needs to improve and there is no time to waste.”
Closing the Gap “acknowledges the ongoing strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in sustaining the world’s oldest living cultures”.
James Cook University is committed to building strong and mutually beneficial partnerships that work towards closing the employment, health and education gap for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our students come from many backgrounds, promoting a rich cultural and experiential diversity on campus.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the Australian lands and waters where our staff and students live, learn and work. We honour the unique cultural and spiritual relationship to the land, waters and seas of First Australian peoples and their continuing and rich contribution to James Cook University (JCU) and Australian society. We also pay respect to ancestors and Elders past, present and future.