“At GPEx we’ve created a supportive environment in which Aboriginal people can share their experiences and non-Aboriginal people can ask questions to build their cultural awareness. I welcome these conversations.” Devinia is a descendant of the Barngarla people, the Wirangu people and the Kokatha people of the South Australian region. She has lived in many of South Australia’s highly populated Aboriginal communities across Whyalla, the Riverland, West Coast and metropolitan Adelaide. Devinia has led the growth of cultural awareness at GPEx and its efforts to close the gap. She leads GPEx’s cultural support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and provides cultural awareness training to all of our GP registrars and the broader GP sector. Devinia encourages Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal to feel comfortable having conversations that explore Aboriginal culture and history. She has an extensive background in governance for Aboriginal community organisations across education and health. This includes previous roles as Chair of the Ceduna Koonibba Health Service Aboriginal Corporation, and director of the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. Devinia had spent most of her previous years as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner in the delivery of ante-natal and childcare programs.
“Aboriginal health placements provide opportunities not present in mainstream general practice, working in teams to overcome complex problems and gaining skills that can be transferred to all other areas of medicine.” Nick works with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA), leading an increase in AHCSA’s GP workforce and the services it provides to the Aboriginal community. He is a practising GP and GP supervisor, helping to place, support and supervise GPEx registrars. Nick has considerable public health experience, having worked in Indigenous health for more than 25 years. This includes rural and remote general practice in central Australia where he provided Royal Flying Doctors Service evacuations and community medical services to remote Aboriginal communities. Nick has worked in rural Africa where equipment and medicines were often in short supply, in a Cree Indian community in northern Canada, and in humanitarian disaster relief for the Red Cross in Pakistan and the Philippines. Nick feels a deep connection to the land and the people of South Australia and the Northern Territory and draws his inspiration from the resilience of Aboriginal people.
“There’s power in role modelling. Having an Aboriginal doctor can plant the seed for young children to aspire to a career in medicine themselves.” Kali is a descendent of the Warnman people of Western Australia. She is a practising GP at the Aboriginal Family Clinic, Noarlunga. Kali is a supervisor with GPEx and supports registrars to take a holistic approach to Aboriginal health, delivering culturally appropriate care that considers the individual, their family and community. She also mentors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and GPEx registrars.