Dr Ida Whiteman
HELEN & MICHAEL GANNON JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR. MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND TROPICAL MEDICINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Ida holds an MBBS with honours from Monash University, and a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney with High Distinction. She is now a paediatric doctor at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Ida is driven by a fundamental belief that every child deserves the chance to be healthy and obtain an education in order to achieve their full potential. She has volunteered in Papua New Guinea, Nepal after the earthquake crisis of 2015, and most recently with Specialists Without Borders in Malawi and Zimbabwe. In 2014, Ida worked for a year in the Northern Territory of Australia, where her passion for Indigenous Health began. Outside of work, Ida speaks French, has taught flying trapeze to children in New York State, and enjoys singing in choirs. Ida will study a Master of International Health and Tropical Medicine at Oxford, with a focus on managing effective health programs. After completing the Masters, she intends to work as a paediatrician with Australia’s Indigenous children and to guide public policy to address the root causes of infectious diseases and poor health outcomes in the Indigenous community.