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Cultural awareness tour across the Darling Downs and South West

Date - 8 April 2020

Several SQRH-supported students joined the University of Queensland and Griffith University medical students for the UQ Rural Clinical School Cultural Awareness Tour in January.

The group visited the Ration Shed Museum and Cultural Precinct in Cherbourg where the students heard from Uncle Frank Malone about the history of Cherbourg, the treatment of Aboriginal people and importance of health staff in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The students were fascinated to tour the museum and talked to Ration Shed staff about the many challenges and incredible achievements of Cherbourg residents.

In Toowoomba the students heard from Philip Driese about Multuggerah and the Battle of One Tree Hill during a walk around the JE Duggan Park. Philip encouraged the students to engage with Aboriginal people and learn about their history, culture and health priorities.

Continuing their tour the students gathered at Goondiwindi and visited Toomelah and Boggabilla as well as meeting with South West Hospital and Health Service Indigenous Health Co-ordinator Rodney Landers in Roma for a guided tour of significant sites.

As future rural health professionals, this invaluable insight into Aboriginal culture helps prepare students to be an informed part of closing the gap.

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