Fred Hollows Significance in Promoting Change for Indigenous Australia

528 WordsJan 25, 20182 Pages
Introduction Good morning/ afternoon, My name is Mary Doe and it is an honour to represent the Queensland Youth Parliament during reconciliation week. This presentation will focus on Fred Hollows significance in promoting change for Indigenous Australia. As you may well know Fred Hollows was an able advocate for Indigenous health and focused much of his life on ending curable blindness among numerous Indigenous communities. Paragraph 1- Who is Fred Hollows and what were his main achievements. Fred Hollows was born in New Zealand in 1929. He was not only a terrific ophthalmologist but also a skilled surgeon and social justice activist, as he believed everyone was equal due to his respectful and non- judgemental family upbringing. Initially Fred wanted to work in the church but later changed his mind to medicine after working in a mental health hospital. At the age of 22, he started Medical school at the University of Otago and then in 1965 to continue his ophthalmologic work. Paragraph 2- Career beginnings Fred started his medical career by attending the University of Otago Medical School in 1951, at the age of 22. Fred held many different positions in his early career including being a medical intern, a house surgeon and a clinician before specialising in Ophthalmology. After qualifying as an ophthalmologist Fred worked all around New Zealand including Wellington Hospital, which was the biggest in the country. After he moved to Australia in 1965, in the late 1960’s to
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