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2023 Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursaries – Recipients announced in NAIDOC Week

2023 Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursaries - ANNOUNCEMENT OF RECIPIENTS in NAIDOC WEEK

In the spirit of the 2023 NAIDOC Week celebrations, we are very pleased to announce the outcome of 2023 Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursary Program.

Congratulations to this year’s four recipients, who are all members of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, and at diverse stages of their career (two medical students, one recent graduate PGY1, and one registrar in her final year of specialty training). They have a wide range of leadership engagements, and extra-curricular talents. We hope, in the near future, to profile their achievements and their inspiring pathways to medicine and beyond.


Bursary Recipients, 2023

Ms Natalie Gordon, a Ngunnawal woman, from rural NSW with multiple qualifications within and outside of her medicine studies

Ms Megan Shuttleworth, a Yugambeh/Torres Strait Islander, student AIDA representative, mentor and artist

Dr Julia- Rose Satre, a Yawaru (Broome, Western Australia) medical woman and aspiring Rural Generalist, now pursuing internship in Far North Queensland

Dr Alicia Veasey, a Torres Strait Islander medical woman who is completing specialist FRANZCOG training with sub-specialty qualifications in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (IFEPAG).

(Stay tuned for Posts featuring the bios and photos of all our 2023 Bursary recipients)

We invite you to join us in celebrating the 2023 Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursary Recipients, as the Bursary Program continues to grow in purpose and support. We warmly welcome all past and recent recipients as a “Voice” to AFMW, and your local Medical Women’s Societies, reflecting the intention of our forthcoming Referendum.


Acknowledgements (Sponsors & Supporters)

Thank you to all the supporters, advisors, referees, and donors who have made the Program possible, from its inception in 2018 until now.

Special thanks to Ms Leann Wilson and our long-term sponsors, including Regional Economic Solutions, Ochre Health, Myuma, and most recently the Healing Foundation.

Ochre Health

Ochre Health – ATSI Purple Bush Leaves Medicine Bursary Sponsorship from Ochre Health on Vimeo.

Healing Foundation


Louise Numina- Bush Medicine Leaves from Alynna Wong on Vimeo.


Help Support the Bursary Program

To support the Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Program into the future, your kind Donation is welcome. Donations can be made securely, online here.

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Dr Lydia Pitcher and A/Prof Deb Colville
Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Program

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