Voice, Treaty, Truth – NAIDOC Week 2019


Australia’s history of colonisation and systemic discrimination of its First Nations people permeates all facets of our health system. Professor David Thomas and PhD candidate Jo Luke are here to open your eyes to the way in which our current and historical medical research are not immune to this discrimination and racism. They will explore how this impacts practice, and how it influences Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ opinions on medical research and their trust of researchers. We invite you to consider the ways in which colonisation and medicine interconnect, how this will impact your future practice as doctors, and how you can become more aware of its influence on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.


Ms Teela Reid

Teela Reid is lawyer and proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman born and raised in Gilgandra in western NSW. Most recently, Teela was invited by the Referendum Council as a leader and facilitator in the landmark Constitutional dialogues on Indigenous Recognition that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Teela was also the Inaugural recipient of the NSW Indigenous Barristers Trust award, and in 2017, she was selected to attend Harvard University as a global Emerging Leader.

Mr Warwick Padgham

Warwick Padgham (Taungurung) is the Manager of Indigenous Student Programs at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. In his role he leads the strategic development of programs specific to Indigenous PhD students within the Melbourne University Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. He has studied a Bachelor of Business, a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional and Business Ethics, and a Masters Degree in Public Health.

Mr Alister Thorpe

Alister Thorpe is a proud Aboriginal man from the Gunai (East Gippsland), Yorta Yorta (Goulburn Valley), and Gunditjmara (Western Districts) clans in south-eastern Australia with many family and connections throughout Victoria. He is an experienced Aboriginal health researcher at The University of Melbourne, having completed a Master of Public Health at the Institute of Koorie Education (Deakin University). He has worked on a number of key research projects including the Taking Care of Business project, the Injecting Drug Use project, and the development of a Victorian Aboriginal Child Health Development and Wellbeing Survey. He has a strong interest in protecting his cultural heritage and passing his knowledge on to his children.

Dr Ngaree Blow

Ngaree Blow is a Noonuccal, Yorta-Yorta woman and Doctor. She is currently working as a Lecturer in Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne as well as continuing her paediatric training. Ngaree has a keen interest in paediatric medicine and public health, having completed both her Masters of Public Health and the Doctor of Medicine degrees concurrently. Ngaree has been a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) since 2011 and has been involved in many Indigenous health and education roles. She has also been involved in various research projects both as a researcher and on advisory boards.