The fight for best practice health care with Dr. Carmen Parter & AHPRA

This week on Let’s Talk…Social Justice, Kevin continues his series of shows examining health justice struggles in so-called Australia. He catches up with Darumbal, Juru Birra Gubba and South Sea Islander health worker, advocate and researcher Dr. Carmen Parter.

In a wide-ranging conversation, they talk about the fight against racism and discrimination in the health system, and particularly the role of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – AHPRA – as a site for mob experiencing racism in the health system to make complaints and push for systemic reform. 

Dr. Parter is a former Registered Nurse and Midwife with extensive experience in the health industry, working as a women’s health practitioner, educator, health services researcher, policy-maker, manager of project teams and senior executive leader. She is a member of the AHPRA Board, a researcher and author presently working at the University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health (part-time).

Dr. Parter’s PhD explored how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture can be implemented and incorporated in a public health policy instrument like the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Implementation Plans. Dr. Parter is also co-chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Association; a community member with Lowitja Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research; and grandmother to three beautiful girls and Aunty to many.

Dr. Carmen Parter’s lives on the beautiful Bundjalung country in Northern NSW just across the Queensland border with her partner.