Medical students help their communities

11 January 2021

Indigenous students thrived last year with the support of donors like you, including Doctor of Medicine student Ella Ceolin. 

Doctor of Medicine student Ella Ceolin. 

Ella was a 2020 recipient of a scholarship established to support medical students who may not have been able to attend university without financial assistance. 

Ella is proudly Aboriginal and Italian, and says her scholarship – the Dr Alan van Tran and Minh Ha Tran Indigenous Health Education Bursary – has supported her dream of becoming an Indigenous doctor for Indigenous people.

“No one in my family came from a medical background, and throughout high school I’d never heard of Indigenous western medicine doctors – it was through a UQ Indigenous outreach program (InspireU) that I was put on the path towards medicine,” says Ceolin. 

“Through this program, I learnt about the equity pathways into medicine and about what having more Indigenous doctors would mean for our people. 

“Pursuing medicine is not an easy task; however, my pathway has been made easier because of the generosity and support of UQ donors.”