The Royal Melbourne Hospital welcomed Candice McKenzie to the organisaiton earlier this year in the new position of Director of Aboriginal Health. 

Candice is a Warumungu-Walpiri woman, born and raised in Darwin. She has previously worked with Deakin School of Medicine and V/Line, and joined the RMH earlier this year.

She says “being back in health is where I want to be”.

“The reason for seeking this opportunity was, where can I have the most impact? Where can I create opportunities both for community and for people wanting to work in healthcare?”

The Director Aboriginal Health is a newly created role, and Candice hopes the community sees that “we are in the process of, and heading towards a goal of, creating self-determination - putting the decisions and the responsibilities of how First Nations people receive care back in their hands. That’s what my role is.”

Candice McKenzie
Candice McKenzie joined the RMH in 2024 as the new Director Aboriginal Health.

She adds this also involves making sure the RMH’s policies, strategies and processes all “come together to create what is otherwise a culturally safe healthcare environment for our patients and community to be able to access”.

Learn more about our First Nations Health Unit and how we are working towards being a great place to work and receive care for everyone in our Environmental, Social and Governance report 2022-23

Mobile Stroke Unit with Ambulance Victoria paramedic and the RMH Stroke team
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