Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships to attend 2018 World Hospital Congress announced

Friday, August 24, 2018

Four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career health professionals have been awarded scholarships to attend the 42nd World Hospital Congress, being held in Brisbane from 10–12 October 2018.

The scholarships are sponsored by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), industry super fund HESTA and the Lowitja Institute.

AHHA Strategic Programs Director Dr Chris Bourke said he was pleased to announce the following four winners:

  • Angela Damm, Clinical Nurse Specialist—Aboriginal Leadership and Development, Murrumbidgee Local Health District, NSW
  • Cathy Davison, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer, Nunyara Aboriginal Health Unit, Central Coast Local Health District, NSW
  • Jodi-Ann Jerrard, Advanced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker, Queensland Health
  • Jayden Nguyen, Research Assistant, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia.

The World Hospital Congress is an annual gathering of international health leaders to share ideas and experiences and learn from influencers and innovators. The Congress is returning to Australia for the first time in 20 years.

‘Closing the health gap experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of our most serious and urgent tasks in healthcare.  

‘Involving Indigenous Australians to the maximum extent possible at all levels in decisions affecting their own healthcare is one key to achieving real progress.

‘These scholarships will give four early career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals the chance to connect and learn from senior international colleagues working on Indigenous health issues around the world’, Dr Bourke said.

Scholarship recipients were chosen on the basis of overall suitability, career relevance, the applicant’s aspirations in terms of service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the likely benefit to be derived by the applicant.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said ‘It is inspiring to see such an outstanding group of scholarship recipients who are strongly committed to working to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities’.

Dr Shayne Bellingham from the Lowitja Institute said ‘The Institute is committed to workforce capacity building and very pleased to support Congress attendance by talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals’.

For more information on the World Hospital Congress, visit www.hospitalcongress2018.com.

For more information on the AHHA, visit http://ahha.asn.au

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, and community and primary healthcare services.

Media enquiries:  Dr Chris Bourke, Strategic Programs Director, AHHA

0418 869 443