Yira is the Whadjuk Noongar word for “upwards” or “rising”. It is also the name of Interhealth’s latest project; launched in 2020, Yira aims to engage UWA medical students in numerous aspects of Aboriginal Health.
It is no secret that Aboriginal healthcare represents an immensely significant part of Australia’s public health sphere. With that being said, UWA medical students have at times felt anxious or uncertain in the matters of cultural competency and consulting Aboriginal patients. In response to these unfortunate sentiments, Yira was created as a means to involve students in open, helpful dialogue pertaining to Aboriginal Health.
Through our social media platforms, Yira creates and delivers highly informative content to keep students engaged in Aboriginal Health throughout the year. Aside from relevant news and resources, Yira also shares personal experiences from those involved in Aboriginal healthcare. These include stories from students, Aboriginal patients, doctors, as well as other relevant stakeholders.
Yira plans to host highly beneficial events off the web too. Potential events like seminars, break-out sessions and documentary screenings will undoubtedly provide students with incredible opportunities for learning and inspiration with regards to Aboriginal healthcare. Yira also aims to establish student placements at Derbarl Yerrigan clinics, thereby facilitating valuable first-hand experience in Aboriginal healthcare.