Kristopher Rallah-Baker, Australia’s first Indigenous ophthalmologist, says racism remains a huge issue. Indigenous Australians don’t grow as old as non-Indigenous Australians, chronic illnesses like diabetes hit them harder, and their babies have higher mortality rates. Health is just one of the areas where Indigenous people face a disadvantage described by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as "unforgivable". Three per cent of the population, or just over 760,000 people, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, but there are fewer than 400 Indigenous doctors. That’s less than 0.5 per cent of the more than 100,000 doctors registered to practice in Australia. We asked three Indigenous health professionals about the biggest issues facing their communities and their colleagues. Racism Australia’s first Indigenous ophthalmologist, Kristopher Rallah-Baker, says there is institutionalised racism within the health system. Dr Rallah-Baker, who is the president of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA), acknowledges the support he received […]