Meet Dr Danielle Arabena
When it comes to being a GP, Danielle loves the continuity of care and the relationships she builds with her patients.
“My life has always been about service, compassion and healing.”
Medical and Cultural Educator
Dr Danielle Arabena, descendant of Meriam Mer (in the Torres Strait Islands region), is a medical doctor, specialist and educator with a keen interest in Indigenous healthcare and wellbeing, as well as women’s and children’s health, menstrual wellness and childbirth. Through a unique blending of her scientific training and professional experience, Danielle embraces an integrated approach to medicine, with a focus on holistic and preventative care.
As a Medical Educator and Cultural Educator for GPTQ, Danielle teaches registrars about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and culture. Danielle leads the GPTQ Indigenous Health Training (IHT) team in delivering and hosting Cultural Immersion programs, and producing short educational films to encourage high quality healthcare for Indigenous communities.
She also hosts the educational and inspiring Indigenous Health MedTalk podcast speaking with Indigenous Elders, health experts and trailblazers covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and traditions, health, medicine and innovative community health programs.
Danielle is highly respected by her peers and trusted by Indigenous communities for her experience, thought leaderships and knowledge of Indigenous health. In her role at GPTQ, she has forged valuable relationships and connections with Community Elders, Aboriginal Health GPs, Cultural Mentors and Aboriginal Medical Services both locally and nationally.
An engaging and entertaining public speaker, Danielle regularly presents at several GP and Indigenous health conferences throughout Australia.
She also has a rich history in educating and supporting Indigenous students on their academic journeys, and now mentors Indigenous GP registrars through the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and is Queensland’s representative for their National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. She also sits on the Cultural Mentor Education Cultural Governance Committee (CMCE) and mentors for the Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network.