Marlene Kong is an Aboriginal doctor from the Worimi people of Port Stephens.
She is currently enrolled at UNSW as a candidate for the DrPH, commencing in 2012. She is working under the School of Public Health and Community Medicine Faculty, specifically within the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit. As a doctoral candidate, she participates in the Future Health Leaders Program, commencing in 2013.
She is also an advanced trainee of Public Health Medicine with the Faculty of Public Health Medicine Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has just concluded 3 years work with the NSW Ministry of Health, occupying a Commonwealth Specialist Training Program position. Marlene has recently started in a new job with the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society, UNSW Medicine. Her new job title is Program Head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program.
Although now based in Sydney, Marlene has spent many years working as a GP in her past across the nation. Places have included Darwin (Danila Dilba AMS), Lismore, Hunter Valley/Newcastle (Awabakal AMS), Glendale, Cardiff, Port Stephens (Tomaree polyclinic), Woolgoolga, Nambucca Heads (Darrimba Maara AMS), Launceston (Tas), Port Hedland (Wirraka Maya AMS), Ravenshoe (Qld – Mamu Health AMS), Weipa, Tom Price (WA), Yulara (Central Australia), Yuelumu, Papanya, Docker River and Broken Hill (Maari Ma AMS).
Her work has also taken her overseas to Africa with a humanitarian organisation during 2003 and 2004. Countries included South Sudan and Sierra Leone.
Marlene has done her International Master of Public Health at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2005-2006 academic year.
Returning frequently to her home country in Port Stephens, Marlene finds connecting to her family important in keeping her well grounded.