Marlene Kong

Marlene Kong is a Worimi woman and Koori medical doctor from Port Stephens. Marlene was one of the first medical graduates, along with her twin sister Marilyn, from the University of Sydney in 1997. She spent more than 10 years working as a GP in Aboriginal community controlled services around Australia. After doing humanitarian work overseas, she went onto study public health medicine. She has just finished working with the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society, UNSW Medicine as Program Head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program. Returning frequently to her home Worimi country in Port Stephens, Marlene finds connecting to her extended Koori family important in keeping her well-grounded and culturally proud and strong.

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