I Heart My People

Produced by Carbon Media and presented by Aaron Pederson, ‘I Heart My People’ is a three-part documentary, which follows six Indigenous health and emergency workers as they meet the real life challenges of working on the front line of health care across Australia.

Page last updated: 15 October 2014

I heart my people

'I Heart My People' has been created for students, parents, families and job seekers.  The series aims to inspire a new generation to pursue a career in health care.

The stories provide a personal insight into the characters, their lives and motivations; as well as a genuine appreciation of the unique culture, challenges and social context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The Cast

Margaret Martin – Midwife, Perth

Margaret Martin – Midwife, Perth

Margaret completed a Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) and works in one of Perth’s busiest hospitals.  No shift is ever the same for Margaret.  She has a passion for her job and believes that “being the first person to touch a newborn child is a miracle.”

Stanley Ozies – Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Derby

Stanley Ozies – Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Derby

Stanley was an underground worker and a heavy machine operator when he came to the Derby Aboriginal Health Service as a temporary bus driver, at which point he “started to see things differently” about men’s health issues.  Stanley now works as an Aboriginal Health Worker, a very practical health care role, which was developed to help ensure Indigenous patients received culturally appropriate treatment.

Dr Sarah McEwan – GP Registrar, Port Hedland

Dr Sarah McEwan – GP Registrar, Port Hedland

Sarah loves being a doctor. “Thinking back into my childhood, I was always interested in health. I had two really amazing GPs as a child. They were really good role models.” This career path has provided Sarah the ability to give back to the Aboriginal community.

Jeremy Batt – Sports Massage Therapist, Brisbane

Jeremy Batt – Sports Massage Therapist, Brisbane

Sport has always been a major influence in Jeremy’s life.  Being a former athlete, he wanted to give something back to the sport – inspiring and working with young Indigenous people.  Jeremy is known for his dedication to his job, as he works closely with players to help them recover from injuries.

Patrick Martin –Emergency Rescue Officer, Cairns

Patrick Martin –Emergency Rescue Officer, Cairns

Patrick is a Torres Strait Islander who has worked with Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) for many years.  He had his first taste of airborne action as a volunteer with the Torres Strait community helicopter rescue service.  Patrick is considered an ambassador for Indigenous Australians in Emergency Services.

Gemma Armit – Paramedic trainee, Palm Island

Gemma Armit – Paramedic Trainee, Palm Island

Gemma is proud to be in the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).  She believes the opportunity has provided her with strong job prospects and she looks forward to furthering her success with the service.  One of her goals is to be seen as a role model to the younger generation.  Gemma looks forward to furthering her success within the service and to eventually become a qualified paramedic.

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