Interviewee: Kerrie Jones, Jess Tidswell
Dr Nathan Trist, Senior Resident Medical Officer, talks to Dr Kerrie Jones, Emergency Medicine Consultant and Dr Jess Tidswell, Emergency Medicine Registrar, from the Royal Darwin Hospital on Indigenous Health in the Top End and the social and communication challenges associated with indigenous health.
Kerrie Jones is a Senior Emergency Medicine specialist with postgraduate qualifications in advanced paediatric emergency medicine, family planning, counselling, and humanitarian aid. She is a senior lecturer at Flinders Medical School, and has served as Director of Emergency Medicine training at Royal Darwin Hospital. As Clinical Dean of the Northern Territory medical program, Kerrie is committed to providing better healthcare to rural and Aboriginal communities.
Jess Tidswell is an Emergency Registrar, currently working in the Top End, at Royal Darwin Hospital’s Emergency department. She started her training in her home town of Adelaide, at the University of Adelaide, completing her undergraduate degree in 2012. Jess then interned at the the Royal Adelaide Hospital, before heading north to work in the Northern Territory. For the past few years Jess has worked in a variety of areas of the Royal Darwin Hospital and the Top End, including remote communities. She committed to Emergency training last year and plans to continue her training in the Top End, where she finds the work fascinating, the people diverse and the lifestyle enjoyable.
Nathan Trist is Senior Resident Medical Officer with an interest in indigenous and remote health.
With Dr Kerrie Jones, Emergency Consultant and Dr Jess Tidswell, Emergency Registrar, Royal Darwin Hospital and Dr Nathan Trist, Senior Resident Medical Officer, Royal Darwin Hospital
This podcast includes 2 cases from Darwin, in the Northern Territory, which present some interesting pathology and exemplify the social and communication challenges associated with indigenous health. Hopefully, it enthuses you to come to the territory and experience some of our fascinating cultural landscape. An adult case is discussed first, where female health is a prominent feature. This is followed by a classic paediatric presentation in the Northern Territory.
Case 1 – A 38 year old female with abdominal pain, weakness and headache. On examination she is febrile and has abdominal tenderness. She presents to her remote clinic 440kms from the closest hospital.
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Case 2 – A 4 year old boy with a limp and left leg pain. On examination the child is febrile and has an antalgic gait. He has come in with an Auntie, who isn’t sure of the history of the presenting complaint.
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