MDHS appoints Associate Dean (Indigenous Development)

October 10 / 46

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) has named Mr Shaun Ewen inaugural Associate Dean (Indigenous Development).

The Australian-first role will focus on reviewing pathways for Indigenous students to study health sciences and on implementing an Indigenous staff employment strategy for the faculty.

Mr Ewen is also Deputy Director of the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit and a Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Health.

He said the new role would send the message to the community that the University was serious about leading change to benefit Indigenous people who wanted to work in the health sciences.

"I look forward to the challenge of making this goal a reality,” he said. 

“With the implementation of the Melbourne Model, the faculty is in a unique position nationally regarding student pathways into its programs.

"Working closely with the Australian Health Workforce Institute, we will  identify the links between the TAFE sector and the university health science sector, to identify, map, and market specific student pathways.”

Dean of MDHS Professor James Angus said the appointment was a positive and exciting development.

“I am proud to make this announcement, it is another example of this faculty leading in the field of medical education," he said. 

"This time it is to champion the needs and increase the numbers of our Indigenous students and staff in the faculty.”

There are 25 Indigenous students studying health sciences and 11 Indigenous people employed by MDHS.

Over the next three years, the faculty aims to mirror the ratio of Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff with that of the general community.

This will mean reaching a target of 50 Indigenous staff by 2013. Student ratios will also be increased during the next five to 10 years.

Professor Angus said aiming for population parity by 2013 was ambitious but added, “I believe we can make a significant difference in our Faculty and will work hard with the new Associate Dean to do so”.


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