Case Studies

AURHA Rural Health Club

Barunga High School students brush up on some healthy habits under the supervision of University of Adelaide dentistry student and AURHA Rural Health Club member, Julia Bradshaw, during a rural high school visit to the Northern Territory.

A rural high school visit to the Top End of the Northern Territory was something of a home-coming for Indigenous medical student and RHUUWS Rural Health Club member Dana Slape (pictured left). Dana’s family ties are to Larrakia country in and around Darwin. It was a connection that was broken when her grandmother was evacuated from the northern city during the Japanese bombing raids in World War Two. “As an Aboriginal Australian who had not yet been to their place of heritage, it was significant to spend time in Darwin,” she says. Dana was also impressed by the Aboriginal Medical Services she visited – Wurliwurlinjang in Katherine and Miwatj in Nhulunbuy. “Seeing an Aboriginal GP registrar at Miwatj made me feel very proud,” she says. Dana has since graduated from the University of Western Sydney and is now a board member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association. She has volunteered in the Territory on scabies eradication programs and has mentored Indigenous medical students.


Last updated: December 24, 2021