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Ngaree's story

Previous study
Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. Completed in 2010.

What made you decide to undertake graduate study at the University of Melbourne?
I wanted to study a postgraduate medicine course that was not just a late-entry undergraduate course, which is what the MD at the University of Melbourne offered me. I had enjoyed studying at Melbourne University previously and heard good things about what was then the new MD course. Plus I enjoyed living on campus here.

What aspects do you enjoy most about your graduate study with the University of Melbourne?
I really like that I am able to study off campus in placements around Melbourne and do a lot of hands on study in medicine. After having the experience of undergrad in a formal setting I enjoy being more relaxed with my study. I also like studying with a variety of different people including those of different ages and from so many different backgrounds – it makes it really interesting.

Are you involved in any extracurricular activity while studying at the University of Melbourne?
I was involved in basketball when I lived on campus, which I really enjoyed, and still play now outside of Uni. I’m still involved in my Trinity College community and I am involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations to do with Indigenous health and education.

What would you say to prospective students considering studying at the University of Melbourne?
If you’re considering graduate studies, whatever your discipline, aim for the top. While at times it’s challenging, the outcomes and satisfaction of completion is rewarding and well worth it. The support is always there if you need it, either at the VCA with the Wilin Center or with Murrup Barak at Parkville.

What does being a graduate of University of Melbourne mean for you?
It means there are lots of opportunities and a great way to network for the future. It is also great just being in a central location near the city and being able to be do my placements at the biggest, most experienced hospitals in Melbourne.

Do you plan to study overseas as part of your graduate study at the University of Melbourne?
Yes, I plan on doing my scholarly elective overseas.

How do you think you will benefit from graduate study at the University of Melbourne?
Highlights would be working alongside innovative doctors and other graduates. The professional relationships that come with that are invaluable.

What does studying/or being a graduate of University of Melbourne mean for you?
I think it’s beneficial that I have the opportunity to study and work at St Vincent’s and other Melbourne hospitals through their links with the University of Melbourne. I also think that Melbourne University has some fantastic research facilities that will help me when I come to doing the research component in my last year.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Enjoying working as a doctor within Indigenous health here in Australia or visiting and working overseas where doctors are most needed.