Indigenous doctor wants to give back to community as a GP
Happily, he was wrong. The eldest of 12 siblings descended from the Gunai people from Gippsland, Dr Vocale is one of 33 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars currently enrolled in the Australian General Practice Training program who are being recognised this NAIDOC Week (6–13 July).
"My dad’s dad is Italian. As a young boy he was taken to New York City by his father, who was a gunsmith. He worked there but their family was constantly hassled. This was during the prohibition era, the gangster era," he said.
The family fled New York to a dairy farm on the other side of the world, in South East Gippsland. At a local dance, Dr Vocale’s grandfather met his grandmother, a Gunai woman from the Monaro tribe, who lived at Lake Tyers Aboriginal Mission.