Episode 1 – Francis Nona

In this episode, Associate Professor Maree Toombs yarns with the inspirational Francis Nona, a proud Badulaig man who is lecturer and Masters student at UQ's School of Public Health. Hear about his unique journey and how he is using the power of education as a tool to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. 

Francis NonaAbout Francis Nona 

Francis Nona is a proud Badulaig man, who from an early age saw the strong value of formal education as a tool to not only empower himself, but help others. As an Indigenous man, he has first-hand experience of the impacts intergenerational trauma, colonisation and systemic racism affect him and his community and is driven to contribute to policy that addresses the social determinants of health.
A registered nurse, Francis has worked in rural hospitals, aged care, rehabilitation and youth justice. In 2019 the Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Graduate Program lead him to The University of Queensland, where he is currently a lecturer at the School of Public Health. He is also studying a Masters of Public Health with the hopes of commencing a PhD upon completion.



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