RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program

2024 recipients

2024 RACP AFRM Indigenous Health Scholarship in Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr Tegan Archibald


Tegan grew up in Far North East and Mid North West NSW on Bunjalung and Kamilaroi country. Her dream to develop a Wellness Clinic was the primary drive that led her to a career in Medicine. She developed this idea while observing her family members struggle with consistency of care in a rural setting, by having to travel long distances between locations to access allied health and medical input. She believes Rehabilitation Medicine offers a lovely conduit between medical science, allied health therapies and patients experience. Her most enjoyable part of her role is connecting with patients to assist them with learning about their health and empowering them to maximise their quality if life.


2024 RACP Aotearoa NZ Māori Health Scholarship for Advanced Training in Adult Medicine
Dr Nathaniel Carter


Dr Nathaniel Carter is a Māori (iwi: Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa/Ngāpuhi ki Whaingaroa) and Niuean doctor who is currently working as an Advanced Trainee in General Medicine at Royal Darwin Hospital. He completed his medical degree (MBChB) at the University of Auckland in 2019 and worked at Auckland City, Whangārei, and Hawke’s Bay Hospitals before continuing and concluding his basic training at Royal Darwin Hospital. His personal interests include learning languages and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 2023 at Massy University with a major in Spanish and minors in French and Māori. He also received a Diploma in Languages (DipLang) in 2021 at the University of Auckland with majors in Māori and Japanese, and a Diploma in Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2020. His career aspirations include clinical immunology, rheumatology, and dermatology.

2024 RACP PCHD Indigenous Health Scholarship for Basic Training in Paediatrics and Child Health
Dr Jasmin Hammond


Dr Jasmin Hammond is an Indigenous woman from the community of Brewarrina, the Ngemba Tribe located in north west New South Wales. She currently works at the Children’s Hospital Westmead as a Paediatric Registrar. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery she completed in 2019 at Western Sydney University. She also completed a Diploma of Child Health at the University of Sydney in 2023. She is an Indigenous leader in education and would like to inspire Indigenous young people to follow in her footsteps of following her dream to improve the lives of her people. Her main goal in her career is to become a Paediatrician to work to close the health gap between Indigenous and non Indigenous people. She would also like to improve services provided to Indigenous people to ensure they are culturally appropriate and safe for Indigenous people. She is greatful to accept this scholarship to help her financially in reaching her dream to become a paediatrician to improve the lives of Indigenous people.

2024 College Indigenous Health Scholarship for Advanced Training in Paediatrics and Child Health
Dr Rhiannon Hein


Dr. Rhiannon Hein is an advanced trainee in paediatrics and child health, undertaking dual training in palliative care and general paediatrics. Raised in the South East of South Australia, she graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2017. Rhiannon is deeply committed to Indigenous health, especially in enhancing health outcomes for paediatric patients. As a medical student and junior doctor, Rhiannon engaged in outreach initiatives to remote Indigenous communities and presented her research at the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) conference. Guided by strong mentors, she aspires to empower the next generation of Indigenous doctors by offering support and guidance. Looking ahead, she envisions herself working in paediatric palliative care, with a specific emphasis on supporting Indigenous families and advocating for culturally appropriate care.

2024 RACP Aotearoa New Zealand Pacific Islander Health Scholarship for Advanced Training in Paediatrics and Child Health
Dr Timothy Hopgood

timothy-hopgoodTim is both the first Tongan and the first Māori doctor to undertake dual training in Paediatrics and Psychiatry and will continue to combine working in both specialties. He is passionate about changing trajectories, advocacy and pursuing excellence. Tim loves working with youth, including the complete candid honesty of preschoolers, and their families. He is also a researcher, having won a number of awards from the University of Auckland during his medical degree and presented research papers. He is currently completing a Masters of Health Sciences through the University of Auckland. He has a record of clinical governance having proven his leadership skills in roles including being the Aotearoa co-chair of the Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees Committee and the former secretary-treasurer of the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association. He sees the skills from each of these 4 crafts synergise and provide different angles from which to help improve the health of children in Aotearoa and address significant disparities and poor outcomes his community experiences.

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