Dr Ngaree Blow, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne, Yorta-Yorta, Noonuccal woman.
Dr Ngaree Blow is a Noonuccal, Yorta-Yorta woman and doctor. She is currently working as Director of First Nations’ Health at The University of Melbourne as well as undertaking her paediatric training. Ngaree has a keen interest in paediatric medicine and public health, having completed both her Masters of Public Health and the Doctor of Medicine degrees concurrently. Ngaree has been a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) since 2011 and has been involved in many Indigenous health and education roles. She has also been involved in various research projects both as a researcher and on advisory boards.
What is your current role?
Director of First Nations’ Health at The University of Melbourne.
How did you become interested in Indigenous health?
Through my involvement with AIDA I became more interested in the shared experiences we all had in teaching Indigenous health, and often found myself teaching about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health whilst working as a doctor.
I’ve also always been passionate about public health, which has the same underlying values and principles behind Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.
Are you working on any exciting or inspiring projects at your institution on Indigenous health and medical education that you’d like to share?
I am creating a new curriculum at The University of Melbourne and working with the whole Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences through a Community of Practice, to create an interdisciplinary Indigenous health curriculum.
What is your history with the LIME Network?
I was always very involved with the LIME Network as a medical student, where my interest in education and teaching first started, and now am continuing that passion through being involved in the LIME Network Reference Group.
What is a highlight of working in medical education and the LIME Network?
Working and collaborating with impressive academics across Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.
How do you think the LIME Network progresses medical education?
The LIME Network and Reference Group facilitates collaboration process and gives medical educators a space to learn and connect with each other.
Do you have any advice for Indigenous people thinking about a career in medicine, or medical education?
Both are rewarding pathways, especially if you are interested in contributing to impacts on health outcomes for our peoples.