"Working in health is rewarding because you get to help people every day, and not very many careers get to see that. My name’s Ali Drummond, I’m a Registered Nurse, and currently I’m the Indigenous Nurse Advisor for Queensland Health.
The key areas for my role is to promote Nursing and Midwifery, and I guess to encourage Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander people to get into Nursing and Midwifery as careers. But also to influence the Nursing and Midwifery practice.
Ever since I was a Health Worker while I was studying to be a Registered Nurse, I’ve always come across situations where I thought if the nurse or the doctor knew something about the culture that they could have delivered the practice a bit better. And you would have had patients that were much more compliant and much more willing to make the decisions for themselves. Right decisions for themselves.
So when the opportunity arose to take on a much more influential position in the corporate office, I jumped at the opportunity.
I get to travel and promote Nursing and Midwifery around the community. So I get to hear from communities their stories. Those stories inspire me to continue the work that I’m doing to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people into Nursing and Midwifery, and to influence our practice. That’s what inspires me to stay here.
My Mum’s definitely very proud of my achievements. You could say my whole family is. I personally am quite humbled by the opportunity, and I still feel that I have a lot more to give to my community.
What I would like to see in the future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals delivering health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. So whether it’s in communities or in metropolitan areas, that we have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people there delivering the care."
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