Professor Roianne West

Episode 48

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

On episode 49 my guest is Professor Roianne West. Professor West is a Kalkadunga and Djaku-nde woman hailing from her grandmother’s ancestral lands near Mount Isa. Professor West was Australia’s first Nursing Director in a tertiary hospital with a dedicated portfolio of Indigenous Health. Her drive to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is part of a long family tradition and includes careers of nursing spanning four generations. We yarn about her experience as a renowned leader in health, academia and research spanning more than 20 years.

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