Dr Justine Mayer – Testimonial
– Graduated from St Bartholomew’s Medical College London in 1986
– Undertook GP training in Melbourne
– Came to the Territory in 1994 with her Australian partner, also a doctor, to work with Aboriginal people
“We both thought about working overseas – we wanted to be involved in interesting and challenging medicine, and work in areas of need in cross cultural settings. We had travelled widely in Asia and finally decided it was more important to stay in Australia and work in Aboriginal Health.”
“When we did come to the territory I did a short term locum at Danila Dilba and then worked on Bathurst Island for three years as the women and children’s GP. That was a great experience , but at that time health services on the island were not Aboriginal controlled..”
“ I love working as part of the team at Danila Dilba; I enjoy the relationships with staff and I am always learning from the Aboriginal Health Workers and the patients about different ways to practice medicine. I’ve gained experience in tropical health, public health, and management of complex chronic disease in patients of all ages and I get to visit patients in a range of settings around Darwin.”
“Working in Aboriginal controlled health services is a fantastic experience, but you have to be prepared to be challenged by the different role you play and to be part of a team”.
“You’ve got to be willing to let go of a lot of what you have learned about patients, the doctor-patient relationship, what ‘health’ is, and what people value about their health”.
“ I have two children and family in the UK. Because Aboriginal people deeply understand the importance of family relationships, I feel very supported when I need to give my family priority.”