Heroes: Dr Mark Wenitong, Indigenous Health

The former Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association president Dr Mark Wenitong says the mere presence of an Indigenous person in the highest ranks of healthcare stewardship gives a crucial reminder that the issues at stake affect people.

“There has to be a black face at the table,” says Dr Wenitong, who sits on more than half a dozen national Indigenous health committees as well as juggling several senior medical officer roles in Cairns.

“That makes people think about ensuring that the Aboriginal issues are incorporated into the agenda of whatever committee, whether it’s