Eric Hunter, August 2016

Thanks to Karen Hitchcock for her insight into medical studies, especially the University of Newcastle’s program for indigenous students (July). Years ago, in my former communications role, I came across a young woman who told of having been advised by one of her primary school teachers that she should give up wanting to become a doctor “because she was Aboriginal”. When she got to high school, another teacher, fortunately, told her she could become “anything she wanted to, including a nuclear physicist”.

Several years later, she became the first indigenous graduate in medicine from, yes, you guessed it, the University of Newcastle. She went on to specialise in paediatrics.

Eric Hunter
Cook, ACT