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2020 RACGP

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health awards

Nominations are now open for the 2021 RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health awards.


Over the past ten years, the faculty has celebrated many significant achievements.

Central to this has been the hard work of members, GPs in training and medical students, which we have recognised through our annual awards.

Do you know an RACGP member or GP(s) who advocates for the improvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health? Or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander GP in training or medical student who is studying at an Australian University who’s interested in general practice?  If so, nominate them on the link above.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Faculty Awards.

Standing Strong Award

Dr Sarah Gleeson

Dr Sarah Gleeson
Awarded to Dr Sarah Gleeson, who is based in Goondiwindi QLD.

Dr Gleeson has supported the introduction of an Aboriginal Health Worker role, the implementation of a cultural practice survey to educate practice staff and the continued provision of outreach services to neighbouring community, Boggabilla.

Photo: Dr Sarah Gleeson with colleague Rebecca Bell


Growing Strong Award

Dr Justin Hunter

Dr Justin Hunter
Awarded to Dr Justin Hunter, a Wiradjuri man based in Sandringham, NSW.

Dr Hunter is just getting started in his registrar training and he is currently on placement at Tharawal AMS. As a member of the Royal Australian Navy, he hopes to be a mentor to others to help grow the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPs in Defence and the wider community. His ability to connect through culture continues to inspire him in all his pathways in medicine.

Photo: Dr Justin Hunter supplied by GP Synergy


Medical Student Bursary

Ms Joanne Kaczmarek

Ms Joanne Kaczmarek
Awarded to Ms Joanne Kaczmarek, a Torres Strait Islander medical student in her 3rd year at James Cook University.

From her significant background in the Australian Public service, which included diplomatic postings to Myanmar and Nauru, Joanne is looking forward to making a change though becoming a rural GP that can provide whole-community, holistic care and embed Indigenous cultures into her practice.

Photo:  Ms Joanne Kaczmarek



Previous winners

Standing Strong Together award

2019 Standing Strong Together award winner

Dr Peter Walsh, GP at First Peoples Health and Wellbeing

Student Bursary

2016 Student Bursary joint award winners

Gary Sitt and Danielle Dries

Growing Strong Award

2018 Growing Strong Award winner

Dr Casey Kalsi, with A/Prof Peter O’Mara and award donor Dr Nathan Pinskier at GP18


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