Growing up in Gladstone in rural central Queensland, Dr Carter was always drawn to the idea of medicine.
That idea solidified into a genuine desire to pursue a medical career as a teenager and at 17 she packed her bags and moved north to study Medicine at JCU.
“Moving away at such a young age was challenging. Being away from family, my mob and my friends and starting in a new place was hard. But JCU was really supportive,” she says.
“I didn’t have any financial support, which was hard. But I learnt more about bursaries and scholarships and that helps.”
After working in the hospital system for several years, Dr Carter decided to follow the pathway into General Practice as a way to balance an interesting and challenging career with a growing family.
She relished the opportunity to return to JCU to undertake her specialist training.
“It’s been great going through JCU as an undergraduate and then to do my postgraduate training through them," Dr Carter says. "I understood their expectations and all the people I knew from medical school are running the GP training as well.
“They were familiar with me and I had that background with them. It felt like one big family and didn’t seem overwhelming. I like that approach.
“When you come from an Indigenous community, authority figures can sometimes be a bit intimidating, so going through GP training with people you’ve known for years makes it much easier.
“You can talk openly to them and that was important for me going through the program with a young family.”