Kong is an Aboriginal (Worimi) medical doctor who has 20 years post-graduate work experience including hospital terms (2 years), general practice (12 years), public health medicine advanced training and research practice (5 years). Other work includes the ACCHS sector as well as oversea’s third World humanitarian sector, giving her an international human rights perspective of Australian Indigenous Health. Currently she heads the ATSI Program at the Kirby Institute (UNSW) and is also completing her DrPH with the SPHCM and undertaking a Fellowship of the AFPHM as an advanced trainee. In more recent years, Kong has gained experience specificly working in STI and BBV research.
MBBS (U Syd), DRANZCOG, FRACGP, IMPH (Heb Uni Jer)
M Kong has led (CI) two major NSW MoH funded research projects: Evaluation of the Aboriginal Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (2014-15); and Blood borne virus and sexually transmitted infections Research Interventions and Strategic Evaluation - Aboriginal systems project (BRISE-ASP) (2015-current). She is also CI on one NHMRC grant - TTANGO2 (2.5M) & one state (NSW MoH) funded research project - ACCESS 3 (2.5M). Kong is AI on a number of other NHMRC grants including STRIVE PLUS, MOST, ACCEPt, STI Program Grant, ACCESS collaboration (Burnet Institute 2015 DoH), HPV GPS/Impact (National Human Papillomavirus Genotype Surveillance Program RWH 2015 1.3M), STI/BBV CRE (2.5M), GRAND2 (2.5M).
1993 Inaugural winner of the National AMA Indigenous People’s Medical Scholarship
1997 Local Indigenous Community Achievement Award recipient, along with twin sister, Marilyn, Newcastle NSW
2005 Awarded Ron Castan Memorial Indigenous Scholarship (Australian Friends of the Hebrew Uni of Jerusalem, Victorian Division), Melbourne
2008 Successful nominee for the Australia 2020 Summit to discuss ideas for the “Options for the future of Indigenous Australia”
2016-2017 Neeli Advanced Women’s Leadership Program scholarship subsidy recipient
M Kong has assisted in bridging the gap between the clinical sector and health policy sector by representing Australian Indigenous people on multiple committees. Such notable representation includes Aboriginal Sub-ethics committee of the Joint Institutional Ethics Committee of RDH & Menzies School of Health Research; AIDA; Steering Committee member for the HIA (Health Impact Assessment) of the Federal Government’s Northern Territory Emergency Intervention; 2020 Summit (2008), Canberra, ACT; NHMRC ATSIHAC & PHCC (Canberra, ACT); Close-The-Gap (Oxfam) Campaign (Canberra, ACT); CDAMS MSOD RSAC; Indigenous Health Workforce CRG; HNEPH IAG. Kong has published research in the area of STI/BBV clinical services management (SRHP Evaluation) as well as related surveillance pertaining to the Australian Indigenous population.
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