Mary Martin

Mary Martin was recently awarded a Member of the Order of Australian (AM) in recognition of her dedication and significant contribution to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

"I was thrilled to receive the award. It came as a big surprise and my parents would have been very proud of me," she said.

"It is nice to be recognised and valued for the work that I do."

With over 35 years of experience in the health industry, Mary's career began in the early '70s as a nurse at the Mater Hospital. Over the years she has served on multiple boards and committees and was instrumental in the establishment of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, where she still works today.

"I was also involved in creating a national curriculum on Indigenous issues that is now a required part of training for doctors," she said.

"It's all about education. It's about challenging the registrars to see things through our eyes and to understand why we are the way we are."

Throughout her professional career, Mary was often in the minority but despite this she persevered and in doing so has laid the foundations for other Indigenous woman to follow in her footsteps.

"I think that I am fortunate to have found my niche in life," Mary said.

"Everyday is not the same and I enjoy the challenges that come with the job and working in partnership with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations."

DESCRIPTION: Mary Martin (AM) has found her niche within the health industry.