Meriden Old Girl, Leah Carter-Rankine, has been acknowledged for her outstanding contribution to health care in the Ti Tree community at the 2021 Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Practitioner Excellence Awards.
Leah, Class of 2019, was presented with an Emerging Aboriginal Health Practitioner Student Award for her work at Ti Tree Primary Health Care Centre. Her work goes hand-in-hand with her studies at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, where she is undertaking a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care. The qualification is designed to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who provide essential services to their communities including health promotion programs and advice and assistance with the self-management of chronic illness.
Leah’s award recognises her as an individual who has made a significant contribution to her community and the health care system in the Northern Territory. Aboriginal Health Practitioners are an essential conduit between traditional and western health services and they are agents of change who deliver culturally safe, holistic and client-focused care.
Leah said she loves her work at Ti Tree Primary Health Care and enjoys what she is learning as part of her Certificate IV. She deeply values the ability to give back to her community.
As a student at Meriden, Leah demonstrated that she was courageous, optimistic and kind, and the School is proud that she continues to use her strengths for the benefit of others. Congratulations, Leah. We look forward to hearing more about your achievements as you continue to follow your dreams.