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Cherisse Buzzacott is the only Aboriginal midwife at Alice Springs Hospital.

“I grew up in Alice Springs. Raised by strong women, who pushed me to succeed. In Year 12, I scored the highest mark of all Indigenous students in the Northern Territory. I started a midwifery degree in Adelaide, but six months later, homesick, I dropped out.

I tried again, this time in Melbourne. And eight years later, I graduated. Now I work at Alice Springs Hospital, where I’m the only Aboriginal midwife. I also travel to remote communities to help women give birth safely. 

I don’t feel like I’m doing anything special and I’m certainly not setting out to over-achieve – I’m just doing what I do, helping the people and communities I care about.”

Cherisse Buzzacott studied midwifery at ACU.

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Impact brings you compelling stories, inspiring research, and big ideas from ACU. It's about the impact we’re having on our communities, and our Mission in action. It’s a practical resource for career, life and study.

At ACU it’s education, but not as you know it. We stand up for people in need, and causes that matter.

If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, do contact us.

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