The Trisha Maroney Memorial Prize launched this week in memory of a Wardaman women from Katherine.
The launch, held at O’Keefe House, Katherine District Hospital, gathered about 30 people honouring the work of Trisha Maroney.
Trisha Maroney was an experienced speech pathologist who dedicated her life to educating young medical professionals and working to improve Indigenous health.
The award honours the contributions Mrs Maroney made to developing culturally safe practices in health services.
The annual prize will be awarded to a student health professional on placement in Katherine who can demonstrate in-depth self reflection and improvement in their own cultural safe practice.
The award also aims to improve the delivery of health services to the Northern Territory by ensuring more students choose the NT to take up placements and employment opportunities.
The first prize will be awarded later this year.
Students will have to write a 1000 word essay towards the end of their placement, which will be judged by a committee of two Katherine Campus, Flinders NT staff members and an Indigenous Katherine resident.