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Leadership & Development Awards 

The Poche Leadership Development Awards provide opportunities and support for Indigenous students in medicine, dentistry and health sciences to build their leadership skills and knowledge in health at local, national and international levels.

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is pleased to present this Award to the following Indigenous medical students:

Gemma Johnson headshotGemma Johnson attended The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association Conference in Melbourne, 1st-4th October 2014. The AIDA's theme for 2014 was "Science and Traditional Knowledge: Foundations for a Strong Future". Gemma's family are from Darwin and she completed her schooling in Perth. Gemma will commence her internship at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch in 2015. She is one of two Indigenous representatives of the WA Medical Students Society;at the University of Western Australia.



Bianca Howard and Declan Scott headshotBianca Howard and Declan Scott attended the Pacific Regions Indigenous Doctors' Congress (PRIDoC) in Taiwan, 2nd-7th November 2014. The conference is held every two years and is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples of the Pacific. Bianca is from Broome and during her studies has held a cadetship with the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service involving 12 weeks summer work working in clinics and on research. Bianca is the UWA student representative of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association. Declan's family are from the Albany area and he completed his schooling in Perth. He had a cadetship for several years with St John of God Hospital in Subiaco working in the hospital environment.


Tamisha King and Heather Kessaris headshotTamisha King and Heather Kessaris attended an Intercultural Conflict and Dialogue in Contemporary Mapuche Culture Study Program in Chile from 24th November to 6th December 2014. The program addresses a broad and multidisciplinary perspective of the Mapuche Indigenous culture in southern Chile from an intercultural perspective. Tamisha’s family is from Broome and in 2014 she finished her Bachelor of Science with a double major in Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing and Anatomy & Human Biology. Heather’s family is from Darwin. In 2014, she finished her Bachelor of Science with a double major in Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing and Population Health.

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