Assoc Prof Jill Benson AM
“Working in an Aboriginal community can make you a better GP and a better person. I feel a strong sense of responsibility to give back to Aboriginal people as the original inhabitants of this country and one of the oldest cultures in the world.”
Jill has been a GP for almost 40 years with particular interests in Aboriginal health, refugee health, mental health, research and medical education.
She spent 15 years working in remote Aboriginal communities in the Western Desert in central Australia and was founding medical director of the Kakarrara Wilurrara Health Alliance and is currently the Medical Director of Spinifex Health Service in the remote community of Tjuntjuntjara.
Jill supports GPEx registrars to unravel the complexities of Aboriginal health and take a holistic approach that includes social, psychological and physical issues as well as family and community.
She also leads registrar workshops to build wellbeing and resilience.
In addition to her role with GPEx, Jill practises as a GP at Doctors Health SA where she sees doctors and medical students as patients. She also does volunteer work in medical education in Tonga.
Jill is a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medicine including her contributions Aboriginal health.
She has led mental health programs in developing countries for the World Health Organisation and has a PhD in refugee health.