Meet Kiya Shipley
Kiya Shipley is an Aboriginal Population Health Trainee (APHTI), which involves working in various areas and undertaking a range of work placements. She is currently working with the team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) in the Surveillance Coverage Evaluation and Social Science (SuCESS) team.
"I am passionate about my people, community and their health."
On this year's campaign theme #BreakTheBias she says, "It’s important to break bias as the world is changing so much almost daily".
"If nothing changes and people continue to live by these bias, improvements and advancements may never happen."
She is achieving this by coming to work everyday with an open mind and by being willing to listen and learn from others. Also, by being kind, consistent and being able to have open conversations.
Her role model is her Nan, Dorothy Shipley, who worked in Aboriginal health nearly all her working life. Growing up Shipley spent a lot of time with her Nan at work, meaning she had the opportunity to see her work on projects, meet with community and organise events.
"Growing up and working in Aboriginal health, I met people who have worked with or know my Nan in some way or another. To witness the difference she has made and the influence she had on Aboriginal health inspires me every day."
Shipley's advice to other women wanting to further themselves or their career, "Just go for it".
"You never know unless you try."