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Murra Mullangari — Pathways Alive and Well


A clinically qualified and culturally competent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce is vital if Australia is to make a difference to Indigenous health

The Murra Mullangari — Pathways Alive and Well program is an initiative of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) in partnership with other peak Indigenous organisations. Using culture and identity as a strength, the program was developed with the aims of building the aspirations and capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander senior high school students to remain in the academic pipeline and pursue careers in health.

In the language of the Ngambri people, upon whose lands the inaugural program was held, Murra is the path and Mullangari is health and wellbeing coming from the ceremonies, including the Bogong Moth Ceremony.

The program was informed by the Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative, run in Washington DC each year by AIDA’s peer organisation — the Association of American Indian Physicians. After attending the program in 2010, three senior members of AIDA returned committed to establishing a similar program across all health careers, rather than just medicine and biomedical research. After almost 2 years of seeking financial support for…