Dr Jennifer Delima is a “rural / remote generalist” Medical Practitioner currently working in her two specialty areas of Addiction and Clinical Forensic Medicine in Alice Springs, Central Australia.
Coming from a background in mainstream Emergency medical practice in Sydney, in early 2000 she and her family took a year’s ‘desert and cultural change’ to one of the Northern Territory’s most remote Indigenous communities, Walungurru (AKA Kintore).
Whilst many opportunities have occurred and presented themselves to ‘return back’ to mainstream lifestyle, the joys of working, living and bringing up a family in remote/ regional Central Australia have not been surpassed.
Jennifer continues to enjoy the privilege and challenges of working in a range of differing clinical and social environments with extremely limited resources, in the Northern Territory. These include remote Australian Aboriginal communities, remote and regional hospitals and general practices and Custodial health, enabling care for both adolescents and adults.
This work environment and attendant community engagement has provided her with significant exposure to the challenges in delivering holistic health care especially in the context of poverty medicine as well as domestic and family violence and trauma.
Her role as Director of Addiction and Clinical Forensic Medicine for the Central Australia Health Service in Alice Springs provides her with aspiration to seek organisational change, education and improvement to facilitate the vision of creating a safe, supportive, and responsive service to eventually achieve “Freedom from violence for all people” and improve the ability to “Close the gap” for Indigenous Australians.