Aaron has also continued to work as a paramedic throughout his degree, gaining further experience in rural and remote Queensland.
“During holiday times I’ve always taken rural relief for my ambulance job and I’ll always go to the hospital and introduce myself. You become part of that little community, which is exactly what I want to do.”
With his passion for rural and remote medicine, Aaron has joined the Rural Generalist pathway and plans to undertake advanced skills training in obstetrics and Women’s Health, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Down the track he hopes to further specialise to bring more desperately needed services to underserved communities. He also hopes to inspire the next generation of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
“I want to be a mentor. I want to be a teacher for other medical students and other health professionals who identify as Indigenous.
“As an Indigenous student, you can get put in this box and sometimes it isn’t easy to figure out your path, or way forward. I would love to be that person to motivate and encourage these students.”
Aaron says he has received great support and mentoring at JCU and he urged other Indigenous students to surround themselves with strong role models.
“We all want to do something with our lives that's going to matter and medicine is a pathway that can do that. Stay focused, keep your eye on the prize and surround yourself with positive people.”