Indigenous health

We are passionate about improving the healthcare of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders account for around 35 GP registrars, 204 Indigenous medical practitioners and 310 medical students in Australia. Over half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders attend mainstream general practice.

We encourage everyone to learn more about Close the Gap. You can join our Close the Gap Committee and help make a difference. Also, you can consider working in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training post.

Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network (IGPRN) is a network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GP registrars to provide professional and cultural support to one another.

All indigenous GP registrars are invited to be a part of IGPRN — it is free to join.

We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GP registrars. Al Indigenous GP registrars are invited to be a part of IGPRN — it is free to join. IGPRN works to ensure that we continue to Close the Gap — we believe, as part of the reconciliation process, it is essential that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders play a critical role in the Australian health system.

The network was formed in 2008 by Indigenous GP registrars who saw that the challenges and opportunities they faced would be experienced better with support from their peers. Today, it continues on in its mission to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GP registrars.

Please email to let us know you are interested in joining the network.

If you are an indigenous Fellow, please get in touch! There are many opportunities to provide mentorship and to present at our workshops.

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Bi-annual IGPRN workshops

Each year, IGPRN runs two national workshops. All indigenous GP registrars are invited to attend — please email if you are interested in attending. Indigenous Fellows are welcome to join and provide support, mentorship and, where applicable, present at the workshops.

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At each workshop you will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in exam preparation, including practice exams in exam conditions
  • connect peer-to-peer with other indigenous GP registrars
  • be mentored by indigenous Fellows
  • undertake professional development
  • undertake medical education
  • complete accredited courses (for example, advanced life support)
  • network with peers, Fellows and practices
  • attend social events.

Email if you would like to attend the next workshop, or if you would like more information. 

Find an indigenous mentor or a study group

IGPRN can connect you with Indigenous GP Fellows who are interested in either mentoring or providing study support. Support can be provided face-to-face or online.
If you are an Indigenous GP Fellow interested in mentoring or supporting clinical education and exam workshop activities, please contact us.

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Through formal and informal means, IGPRN members support each other by sharing their experiences and knowledge. The support of Indigenous peers during your time as a GP registrar can make a big impact on your experience. Through all our activities, we aim to better connect Indigenous GP registrars with their peers.

Please contact GPRA or email if you would like to find or be an indigenous mentor or find an indigenous study group.

Training and Employment Advocacy

If you need advice, or if you run into any issues during the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program your GP training, IGPRN can assist you.

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IGPRN can provide advocacy on your behalf, provide advice on training or employment issues, liaise with your Regional Training Organisation (RTO) or medical College. We provide a network of people who advocate for you, understand what you are going through, and can help you through stressful or unexpected issues during your GP training.


Through collaborative partnerships with other organisations, IGPRN can connect you with exciting opportunities during GP training.

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We aim to improve your experience by working with these organisations:

  • Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Department of Health
  • General Practice Registrars Australia
  • General Practice Supervisors Australia
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and regional affiliates
  • Regional Training Organisations and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme.

“IGPRN understood me and what I was going through. I felt well supported and guided for the first time. IGPRN helped me get across the line for my Fellowship exams. They provided me with mentors, there were study groups, and of course, the conferences... inside IGPRN study groups, we all understand where we’re each coming from… we’re not afraid to speak out, to ask questions or seek clarification." — Dr Sam Olliver, member of IGPRN.


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IGPRN leadership

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Network Chair – Dr Simone Raye
Dr Simone Raye is a General Practitioner based in Darwin. Simone is a proud Aboriginal woman descendant from the Jabbir Jabbir and Bardi people from the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberleys, WA. She was born in the Northern Territory and has lived between WA and the NT most of her life. Simone attended the University of Newcastle for her medical degree and currently works in a General Practice in Darwin part-time, as well as her Medical Educator role with NTGPE. Dr. Raye's area of interest is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. As the Chair of IGPRN, she is also on the GPRA Advisory Council.

Network patron: Dr Mark Wenitong
Dr Mark Wenitong is the Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University School of Tropical Public Health, the Aboriginal Public Health Medical Officer at NACCHO and the Senior Medical Advisor at Apunipima Cape York Health Council. He is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland.Mark has worked as the senior medical officer at Wuchopperen Health Services in Cairns, and as medical advisor to OATSIH in Canberra. He is the former president and founding member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, and is a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council, National Preventative Health Committee, and the National Lead Clinicians Group. He holds a ministerial appointee to NATSIHEC, the Independent e-health Advisory Committee, and chairs the Andrology Australia – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Reference Group. Mark also a council member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. In 2011, Mark was awarded the AMA President’s Award for Excellence in Healthcare, and in 2010, he received the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council Hall of Fame Award.

Network patron: Mary Martin
Mary Martin resides on Minjerriba in the Quandamooka region. She is the GPET Coordinator of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council. In 2006, Mary was awarded an Honorary Membership of the RACGP and she is a member of the RACGP National Standing Committee for Aboriginal Health and Examination Working Group. Mary received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural 2007 National Excellence Awards, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.Mary is one of two Indigenous nominees to the Queensland Health Minister’s Rural Health Advisory Council. She is also a member of Health Consumers Queensland, and a member of the Consumer Advisory Committee of the Health Quality Complaints Commission. Mary is a member and co-Chair of the CSQTC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee. In 2011, Mary received a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Indigenous community through the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, to the review of professional standards, and to community nursing.

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