My name is Jodus Madrid im a Bunjalung, Kamilaroi man from Northern NSW, residing in South Australia. I’m currently paving a path to my business dream. Aboriginal health equity in Australia
I have been in Aboriginal health education for over 10 years in both the community model in Aboriginal Registered Training Organisations and the Tertiary Sector. I have been the topic coordinator at Flinders university, writing and developing content for Health Science students in 2102 Indigenous Health for Health Sciences for a number of years. Over this time, I have been instrumental in growing the course from 86 students as an elective to 180 students to 300 students. It is now a core topic.
Each year, more and more students are funnelled through the education pipeline. We’re seeing the trend of people fresh out of school not really understanding Aboriginal Australia continue to perpetuate assumptions that Aboriginal people are the problem when it comes to health inequity. Having gotten to a saturation point with this, I have moved outside of the academic space to look toward creating the change we need for our future health professionals.
I have registered a company and am in the start-up phase of implementing my business model through validation and research with some of the countries and the world’s greatest entrepreneurial minds, networks and support systems. My business partner who is an AFTRS trained camera man want to take the classroom to the Aboriginal communities (urban, rural, remote) with Aboriginal medical Services via and education platform and set up what we call “classcapes” to create situational learning. It is an innovative way to get closer to the “problems” that Aboriginal people are experiencing from their perspective and also the government and tax payer from theirs as no amount of money seems to be “closing the gap”.
My customers in the first instance will be the future medical professionals predominantly from Asia as they are the biggest cohort of students coming to study health related topics in Australia. We want to introduce them to health disparity in Aboriginal Australia prior to forming assumptions and scaffold their learning in years 1,2 and 3 of their undergraduate degree both horizontally and vertically as no university in Australia teaching health related topics currently offer.
If we have the worst health disparity in the developed world and the general response from universities is to give the future health professions one semester of learning about Aboriginal Health to last them an entire career then we are in trouble. We need to revolutions this space and give agency back to the communities that are experience the problem, often in isolation.
The entrepreneurial age is here and so too are classcapes to remedy a breach in Aboriginal ways of seeing and doing prior to the 26th of January 1788