Dr Mikayla Couch is a Bundjalung woman from Tweed Heads and a gynaecology and obstetrics registrar – who combines her passion for Indigenous health and women’s health in hosting the BLA.C.K Medicine podcast series. Mikayla is joined by a faculty of Indigenous Heath Care Professionals (HCPs), as they cover some of the broader health issues facing Indigenous Australians. The series looks at ‘closing the gap’ in diverse areas, highlighting the cultural challenges faced by patients and HCPs - whilst informing simple strategies and practice for primary health care. BLA.C.K Medicine provides a novel platform for Indigenous HCP to convey their passion and expertise to a broader healthcare audience in addressing the disparity in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
BLA.C.K medicine is independently developed and hosted by Dr Mikayla Couch. This educational resource for HCPs is produced by Peer1 Health, with the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) as foundation sponsors and sponsorship from Bayer and Besins. The sponsorship from companies specifically relates to podcasts relating to Women’s Health and IUD contraception.
Dr Marilyn Clarke and Mikayla look to inspire other Indigenous women to enter the world of medicine and obstetrics. They provide insights and clarity around some of the common issues that women frequently raise with General Practitioners on the use of IUDs.
Mikayla meets Professor Chelsea Watego an academic, writer and proud Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman
Mikayla talks to Bianca Smith a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Iridologist, and proud Aboriginal woman and mother about her passion for empowering women and supporting our mob to heal their bodies and look after themselves
Links mentioned: www.biancanelson.com; merakiwellnesscentre.com.au
Mikayla talks to Dr Ben Dunne, cardiothoracic surgeon about medicine and a topic that concerns us all climate change
Dr Mikayla Couch has been in Brisbane for the 2022 Royal Australian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress and this episode is a quick update on some of the topics covered there.While in Brisbane, Mikayla met a number of interesting and important health professionals and over the coming months several have agreed to join the podcast as guests.
Mikayla talks to Associate Professor Sue Woolfenden and Auntie Lola about Paediatrics, their stories and what drives them in their work with Indigenous kids, families and communities
Mikayla chats to Dr Gene Slockee her cousin about their shared journey into Medicine from Tweed River High School. Dr Slockee shares his insights as an Anaesthetist – highlighting the central role of his speciality in improving patient outcomes.
Mikayla and Dr Jess Webb share their passion for obstetrics and gynaecology in the context of Indigenous health - discussing IUDs, simple practical tips that can assist health professionals to insert and remove these devices and other insights into women’s health.
Mikayla chats to Uncle Dave Edwards from the University of Sydney about Indigenous Fathers and the online programs that he runs to help them transition into their new role. They consider how health professionals can incorporate a more father-centric practice.
Commonwealth of Australia. 2009. Father-inclusive practice guide - A tool to support the inclusion of fathers in a holistic approach to service delivery. Found here.
Also, SMS4Dads and The Dad Factor: how father-baby bonding helps a child for life here
Mikayla talks to Dr Khyarne Biles an Emergency Trainee from Dubbo. They discuss the ‘average day’ in Emergency, COVID, social media and a recent paper that was published by Dr Biles in Emergency Medicine Australasia to shine a light on racism.
Links mentioned on this episode:Dr Khyarne's article on Racism in Medicine (this is a paid article)
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