Students from Griffith University’s School of Medicine are embracing the opportunity to learn more about First Peoples culture and health issues in a community setting.

In the spirit of collaboration that underpins these organisations seeking to improve Indigenous health and wellbeing locally, Karulbo has generously offered more placements to Griffith University medicine students.

“This solidifies the partnership, and will ideally be an ongoing arrangement between Karulbo and Griffith”, says Sonya Caldwell, Clinical Placements Officer for the School of Medicine.

“Students must undertake four community placements in their first year of medicine, each being at least three hours duration and one placement being with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service,” she explains.

“With two new programs, we now have placements for all 177 of this year’s students, with the most recent additions being the Deadly Families Festival and Jajumbora at the Jellurgal Cultural Centre.”

Jajumbora is a traditional Aboriginal healing and counseling service provided by local Elder, Uncle Allan Lena. Uncle Allan says students will learn about the cultural issues that doctors need to understand about First Peoples’ health.

“I’m very interested in learning about other cultures and I’m very happy to teach students of medicine who want to learn about our culture,” he says.