Brave new women podcast
Dr. Caetlin Jopson talks about her role as a doctor to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
For over 20 years, Caetlin Jopson provided medical care to the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in rural, remote and urban areas. She also worked with the Royal Flying Doctor Service for over 7 years delivering women’s health to remote communities.
Caetlin trained at Sydney University and has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health and Tropical medicine and FRACGP. She is currently studying a Post graduate certificate in Travel medicine and is passionate about tropical medicine.
She gives us a short history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people then shares her story of how she started working with these people and how her eyes were opened on racism in Australia and indeed her own, unconscious racism.
She discusses how the physical and mental health of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has been infused by trans-generational trauma and the particularities of working with them.
Because of the poor health of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, she has had to deal with a very wide range of medical conditions, often with very little support. Despite this, her peers saw her as a lesser doctor - and a lesser person. She considers it an honor to work with these people.
Caetlin's enthusiasm and desire to learn are irrepressible and her care for this community is evident in every word she says.