Funders:
  • Menzies School of Health Research Small Grant
  • Vicki Kerrigan supported by HOT NORTH​​​ PhD scholarship
  • Stuart McGrath supported by HOT NORTH Indigenous Development and Training Award
Collaborators:
  • Top End Health Service
  • NT Aboriginal Interpreter Service.
  1. Young Australian of the Year finalists committed to helping those in need

    Young Australian of the Year finalists committed to helping those in need

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    The NT's Young Australian of the Year also helped produce the Ask the Specialist podcast with Menzies School of Health Research.

  2. 2020 CSL Florey Next Generation Award

    2020 CSL Florey Next Generation Award

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    Vicki Kerrigan, announced as a finalist – for improving Aboriginal health outcomes in the Northern Territory by reimagining how the cultural education can be delivered for healthcare providers.

  3. NT podcast recognised on national stage

    NT podcast recognised on national stage

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    A Northern Territory podcast designed to inspire better healthcare has picked up a silver medal for Smartest Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards.

  4. Podcast delivers specialist cultural advice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare

    Podcast delivers specialist cultural advice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare

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    A new Australian made podcast that reveals the reality of the hospital experience for Aboriginal patients in the Top End of the Northern Territory is receiving plaudits for its approach to cultural education in healthcare.

  5. NT health expert, trainee nurse honoured

    NT health expert, trainee nurse honoured

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    The Northern Territory's Australian of the Year awardees include NT health expert Dr Wendy Page and Aboriginal Health Practitioner Stuart McGrath. Stuart helped develop the Ask the Specialist podcast.

  6. Meet the Northern Territory's nominees for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards

    Meet the Northern Territory's nominees for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards

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    Katherine locals Margret Chamberlain, principal of Kintore Street Special School, and police officer Sergeant Erica Gibson have been named among the 16 nominees for the Northern Territory's 2021 Australian of the Year Awards.

  7. Interpreters for Aboriginal people in hospital

    Interpreters for Aboriginal people in hospital

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    On Health Report with Dr Norman Swan - Prof Anna Ralph - Menzies School of Health Research and Infectious Diseases Physician, RDH

  8. Podcasts for Top End Doctors go global

    Podcasts for Top End Doctors go global

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    A Northern Territory podcast to inspire better healthcare has gone global with listeners on nearly every continent since its launch in Darwin five weeks ago.

  9. Interpreter boost reduces patient self-discharge

    Interpreter boost reduces patient self-discharge

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    A study conducted at RDH has found that increased use of Aboriginal interpreters was associated with a decrease in patients leaving treatment early.

  10. ABC Radio Darwin | Ask the Specialist's podcast experts address health racism at Royal Darwin Hospital

    ABC Radio Darwin | Ask the Specialist's podcast experts address health racism at Royal Darwin Hospital

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    Racism and cultural insensitivity are the norm at the Northern Territory's biggest hospital, according to a panel of experts.

  11. Media Release| Ask the Specialist: Larrakia, Tiwi and Yolŋu stories to inspire better healthcare

    Media Release| Ask the Specialist: Larrakia, Tiwi and Yolŋu stories to inspire better healthcare

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    A new podcast released today, Ask the Specialist, reveals the reality of the hospital experience for Aboriginal patients in the Top End of the Northern Territory and offers ideas to improve the delivery of culturally respectful care.

“Ask the Specialist” is a cultural education podcast developed by researchers at Menzies School of Health Research with Top End Health Service, the NT Aboriginal Interpreter Service and Aboriginal leaders: Larrakia Elder Aunty Bilawara Lee, Tiwi Elder Pirrawayingi Puruntatameri and Yolŋu leader Rarrtjiwuy Melanie Herdman.

"Ask the Specialist" is a series of seven 20-minute podcasts which answer doctors’ questions about working with Aboriginal patients at Top End hospitals.

Aboriginal leaders, referred to as “the Specialists”, share personal experiences and cultural knowledge to address questions which range from the practical, “Is it okay to make eye contact?” to issues at the heart of cultural safety, “I want to know what Aboriginal people feel like when we talk to them, what makes them think that we're racist?”

The series, created by Menzies PhD candidate Vicki Kerrigan in collaboration with Aboriginal Health Practitioner Stuart Yiwarr McGrath, will be publicly available in June 2020.

This project is embedded in the Communicate study.

PhD student:
Supervisors:
  • Professor Anna Ralph - Director, Global and Tropical Health, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Professor Alan Cass – Director, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Dr Marita Hefler - senior research fellow and lecturer, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Bilawara Lee – CDU Larrakia academic in residence

For more information about the project, email here

Project dates:

The project commenced in January 2019.