ANU graduate recognised by Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association

31 October 2017

ANU Medical School alumna Dr Danielle Dries has been recognised by the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) at their Gala Dinner.

Dr Dries, one of 35 Indigenous medical students who graduated across Australia in 2016, was presented with a handpainted stethoscope by AIDA patron Nova Peris OAM.

Dr Dries, a Kaurna woman from South Australia, was the inaugural recipient of the Peter Sharp Indigenous Medical Endowment at ANU, and was also awarded the MDA National and Rural Doctors Association of Australia Rural Health Bursary to research the Indigenous health curriculum.

Dr Dries was active within the ANU Rural Medical Society, transforming the annual ANU Close The Gap Day event into a two-day conference, attracting more than 130 multidisciplinary health students from across the country each year.

This was, she says, "one of the most rewarding experiences for me at ANU." 

"It gave us the opportunity to talk about the strength of Indigenous people, what we have achieved, and what we continue to achieve."

Dr Dries is currently undertaking her Internship with ACT Health in Canberra and is also Board Director with Indigenous Allied Health Australia.

"At the moment it feels right to stay in Canberra and spend time with my family while working closely with some really important Indigenous health organisations," she said.

Find out more about the new ANU pathway to medicine for Indigenous students and other opportunities for Indigenous students at ANU.