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Territory Tuesday: Sally Banfield

Territory Tuesday: Sally Banfield

With just 38 days to go until the 20th cohort of the Australian Rural Leadership Program graduate in Darwin on Friday, 19 September, we're dedicating each Tuesday to profiling a Fellow or graduate based in the Northern Territory. It's a huge place, and a unique, highly-rural environment, shaping its own unique leaders. So to get you in the graduation mood, here is one of the Top End's top leaders! (More Territory Tuesdays here: Alister TrierRowan Foley, Annette Burke, Katherine Winchester and Clair O'Brien)

Sally Banfield, TRAIL 2012. Alice Springs.

I have been in Central Australia for 5 years, but I'm originally from rural south west Western Australia; a town called Boyup Brook.

I came to the NT for a final year medical student placement to Kintore - a remote community in Central Australia. I had really enjoyed my previous Indigenous health experience at medical school, and this term cemented my passion. Then I started in Alice Springs Hospital as an intern, and have been here ever since!

I would hope that I lead by example, being committed to the region and it's people. I advocate through my involvement in local organisations and through national representation within the Australian Medical Association.

I am constantly impressed by the enthusiasm of people in Central Australia to improve their community. The Territory is a dynamic place to work and live, and this naturally comes with unique challenges. To achieve positive change, a cohesive and compassionate community is needed to deal with our complex environment. Working in Indigenous health, I see one of the challenges facing the Territory is to continue to empower local Aboriginal people and their communities to drive this process of positive change. 

And what is the best thing about being a leader in the Territory?

I love being a Territorian! The sense of community in the Territory is fantastic, and I am grateful to be a part of it.  

Having completed a Foundation short program, I have a glimpse of the exciting moment it will be for Course 20 of the ARLP at their graduation in beautiful Darwin. To these rural leaders I say: Congratulations! Enjoy and use the opportunities you have been given. 

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