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Indigenous Famous or Historic People

Ophthalmologist: Dr. Kris Rallah-Baker 


Dr. Kris Rallah-Baker is the nation's first Aboriginal ophthalmologist.

On his mother's side, Rallah-Baker is a Biri-Gubba-Juru/Yuggera man, descended from the people of north Queensland and Brisbane. She is part-Indian, too, but he identifies as Aboriginal because "that is the culture I live in". And he is proud of his father's bloodlines: Scottish, Jewish and, only recently discovered, an indigenous Australian heritage that is "still emerging".

Two of Rallah-Baker's brothers are dentists. He is one of 204 indigenous doctors in the country, on the count of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association. Its president, Tammy Kimpton – his classmate at Newcastle University – stresses the importance of the cultural bridge being created for indigenous patients, many of whom associate hospitals with death. (Source: SMH 4 October 2014)

(Source: SMH 4 October 2014)


Kris is a graduate of the University of Newcastle at the School of Medicine and Public Health class of 2003. 

Rallah-Baker has been the senior outreach registrar based at Royal Darwin Hospital, among teams employed by the Northern Territory government but funded by The Fred Hollows Foundation to fly or drive to remote places to restore or save the eyesight of their inhabitants. (Source: SMH)

University of Newcastle Medical School


Work Experience:

Kris has worked at Department of Ophthalmology, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston, QLD, Australia (Source: BMC)

Brisbane Times

Brisbane Times

The Fred Hollows Foundation

Fred Hollows Foundation

Also at: SMH

Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association





Online: A Video Game for Clean Faces, Strong Eyes!

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1. The slogan "Clean Faces, Strong Eyes" (2012) has helped reduce Trachoma [bacterial infection of the eyes that can lead to blindness] in Aboriginal populations from 14% to less than 4%. (Source: ABC: RN Breakfast)

Clean faces, strong eyes

2. The health promotion message "Clean Faces, Strong Eyes" is brought to life in many remote communities with original songs, videos, television adverts and animations by well-known Indigenous artists, hip hop performers, children's television characters, and school children and adults from remote Indigenous communities. (Source: University of Melbourne: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health: Indigenous Eye Health Unit)

3. Aboriginal children who have access to mirrors to see if their faces are clean or not and who also have access to clean water have taken to this message of Clean faces, strong eyes.

However, the last 4% of children still infected needs to be addressed and the children who know the message need it to be reinforced in a different way.

To reinforce this message, use the resources at University of Melbourne to give you ideas about developing a new video game that will reinforce the message of "Clean Faces, Strong Eyes". 

4. Go to YoYo Games and using the Free version, create an interactive game that will reinforce the slogan "Clean faces, strong eyes".

YoYo Games

5. Put your video game onto the web and send "On the Job" the URL by going to:

Submit an activity

6. Discussion

Discuss as a group, what you would do to help the last 4% of Aboriginal children be rid of this disease.



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