The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has appointed the first-ever Aboriginal Censor: Dr Olivia O’Donoghue, a descendant of the Yankunytjatjara people and the Narungga Nations’ people.

RACGP Censors play a vital role in supporting all GPs in training as they progress to Fellowship. As Censor, Dr O’Donoghue will be responsible for maintaining the standards, fairness, and integrity of the RACGP Fellowship program – the largest training program for GPs in urban and rural Australia.

Dr. O’Donoghue completed an undergraduate medical degree at the University of Adelaide, where she advanced her passion for rural and remote health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Dr O’Donoghue is now working at Pandanus Medical NT in Darwin. She has had significant experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in urban and remote Northern Territory since graduating from university. She is committed to continue working in the Northern Territory and improving health outcomes for all Territorians.

Dr O’Donoghue is also passionate and committed to cultural education and general practice training, and worked as a medical and cultural educator for Northern Territory General Practice Education up until her appointment as Censor. Dr O’Donoghue continues to provide medical education support to the Indigenous GP Registrar Network (IGPRN) and works with cultural education leaders in the Northern Territory.

Chair of RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Professor Peter O’Mara congratulated Dr O’Donoghue on her appointment. “I am immensely proud to be able to announce the appointment of our first ever Aboriginal Censor, Dr O’Donoghue. This is a prestigious and important role, responsible for supporting all GPs in training as they work towards Fellowship.

Australia needs many more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in leadership positions in healthcare, and beyond. Without this, we cannot hope to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.”

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