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First Peoples Health and Higher Education: Sharing the Lessons

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First Peoples Health and Higher Education: Sharing the Lessons

Professor Roianne West was recently appointed as Griffith University's Inaugural Professor of First Peoples Health. Professor West has over 20 years of experience in Indigenous Health where she commenced as a health worker in an Aboriginal community controlled health service prior to completing a Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Mental Health Nursing and then onto a PhD. Roianne’s role at Griffith entails providing high level strategic leadership in First Peoples Health through the establishment and leadership of Griffith Health's First Peoples Health Unit.

Roianne is the daughter of a life-long health worker and advocate and the granddaughter of a long line of healers. There are four generations of nursing in Professor Wests family. Roianne’s people are the Kalkadoon, Desert People, from far north west of Queensland.

Roianne’s expertise is in health workforce development including the recruitment, education and training of Indigenous peoples into the health professions; and building the cultural capability of the wider health workforce.

Roianne strongly believes pathways to health programs in higher education are critical to building a more highly skilled and highly educated Indigenous Australia. She is committed to ensuring that Indigenous people who have the ability to and aspire to study at university get the opportunity to do so.

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