Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Winner: Raelene Collins, Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Training provider: GTNT

Raelene Collins couples her knowledge of traditional medicine used in Australia for thousands of years with contemporary practices in her pursuit of becoming a paediatrician.

Raelene has completed a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills and is now a step ahead of the rest in her current studies.

“Completing this traineeship has given me the knowledge and experience in clinical sciences and research, which is invaluable to becoming a doctor,” Raelene said.

After completing her certificate, Raelene is now in her first year of nursing and takes with her an impressive catalogue of experience.

“I’ve met with doctors and given my personal opinion to help ear health problems and protect the health of Indigenous children,” Raelene said.

Raelene has also met with Minister for Indigenous Australians to secure funding for HealthLAB and has contributed to Menzies School of Health Research’s Traditional Australian Medicinal Plants Agribusiness project.

Runner up: Kenny Lechleitner

Last updated: 24 September 2019

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