Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders currently account for around 35 GP registrars, 204 Indigenous medical practitioners and 310 medical students in Australia.
The Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network (IGPRN) provides a forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars to provide professional and cultural support to one another. This network connects and undertakes exam preparation via two face-to-face workshops each year and an online discussion/study forum. General Practice Education and Training’s (GPET) assisted the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars in establishing the IGPRN back in 2008 and then in 2012, GPRA agreed to manage the co-ordination of the network.
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.
“When the Chair position became available I decided to nominate and was very fortunate to receive the position. I am very passionate about supporting GP Registrars through training
through my Medical Education position with NTGPE or in my role as the Chair for IGPRN”.
The role of IGPRN is to provide professional and cultural support to our Indigenous GP registrars through their training. The network aims to connect with the registrars and help them undertake exam preparation via two face-to-face workshops each year, and online study forums.
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.
If you are a GP registrar in training or you have up to two years post fellowship we welcome you to join our network. To discover how to become a member please email firstname.lastname@example.org