An Australian x ray
Australias Aboriginal population is overlooked when it comes to health care. Lilijana Mikuletic felt she needed to find out more and was dismayed with what she learnt
Its like when you are asked to describe an x ray and you see a significant blob: you know it really is important, but you dont know what it means. That was what my education in the health of Australias Aboriginal population was like. Sometimes it would be obvious and spoken about in cold hard facts, and I would feel guilty. But most of the time it was shadowy and uncertain. A brief mention in a lecture, maybe a passing comment by a statistician. It resembled an undifferentiated tumour that everyone found hard to talk about because its management was too complex.
Frustrated with my ignorance, I made moves to gain some perspective. In December last year I left the comforts of my existence in Sydney and found myself stepping off a tiny plane onto the sands of the Western Desert. This region, the Pilbara, forms part of the rugged