Top award for Notre Dame’s Aboriginal Health Team

Associate Professor Clive Walley, Louise Austen, Professor David Paul,
Denise Groves and Sharon Bell from Notre Dame’s Aboriginal Health Team.

28 April 2017

An award that recognises exceptional progress in Aboriginal health education has been presented to a team at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine committed to closing the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Fremantle-based Professor David Paul, Associate Dean; Associate Professor Clive Walley, Head of Aboriginal Health Curriculum; Louise Austen, Senior Lecturer; Sharon Bell, Placements Coordinator; and Denise Groves, Student Support Officer; are part of Notre Dame’s Aboriginal Health Team that received the LIMElight Award for Excellence in Community Engagement at the seventh biennial LIME (Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education) Connection held in Melbourne in early April.

The LIMElight Awards recognise the significant and outstanding work of staff, students and medical schools in the teaching of Indigenous health, and Indigenous student recruitment and graduation, across Australia and New Zealand.

As part of a community-engagement program that began six years ago, Notre Dame’s Medicine students travel throughout Western Australia, working closely with Aboriginal elders to learn from communities about a wide range of health issues.

Professor Paul said that due to the long-term nature of the engagement program, Notre Dame’s Medicine graduates are well placed to make a meaningful contribution to bridging the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

“Notre Dame’s Medicine students are exposed to the Aboriginal Health Curriculum from their first day on Campus, and we provide opportunities for students to learn on Country with Elders over time. An exposure to Aboriginal people, and their issues and experiences, ensures that our Medicine graduates are more effective when working with and alongside Aboriginal people and communities,” Professor Paul said.


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