An Aboriginal medical student from Alice Springs has been awarded the 2018 Australian Medical Association $10,000 Indigenous Medical Scholarship…
Pirpantji Rive-Nelson grew up in the remote APY land communities of Irrunytju, Pipalyatjara, and Kalka, and is now a final-year medical student at the University of Queensland’s, Rural Medical School in Toowoomba.
Fewer than 300 doctors working in Australia identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Mr Rive Nelson says many Aboriginal people in Central Australia do not speak English as a primary language, and seeking health care from the Alice Springs Hospital is a daunting experience.
He told CAAMA radio that he hopes to actively assist Pitjantjatjara speaking patients, and his colleagues, by being a clinician who is able to navigate both languages and cultures competently.
Mr Rive-Nelson also plans to be an educator and has already created a short patient health education video on kidney disease in Pitjantjara language, which won an award from the University of Queensland.