Let’s Talk…Social justice with Dr.Ali Drummond

This week on Let’s Talk…Social Justice, Kevin catches up with Dr. Ali Drummond, CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM).

Dr. Drummond is Wuthathi (FNQ), Meriam and Erubam (Zenadh Kes, Torres Straits) man and a highly experienced leader in the health sector. He has over two decades of professional experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, clinical practice, policy, research, teaching and learning. Ali holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science and a Master of International Public Health, as well as a PhD which critically examined how Australian nursing academics collaborate with Indigenous peoples in developing, delivering and evaluating nursing curricula concerning Indigenous peoples’ health and wellbeing.

In this episode of Let’s Talk…Social Justice, Kevin learns from Dr Drummond’s lived experience as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurse, as well as his research into the many barriers preventing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in and accessing the health system.

They talk about the landscape of health inequality and discrimination in this country, and the importance of organisations like CATSINaM in working towards health justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. And they reflect on the importance of ensuring that the real causes and impacts of health injustice – structural racism, continuing colonisation, and persistent discrimination – stay at the centre of all of our conversations about health justice for Blackfullas.