The University of Newcastle, Australia

Indigenous Alumni Award

2018 Recipient - Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker, Bachelor of Medicine 2002

Dr. Kristopher (Kris) Rallah-Baker FRANZCO, a Yuggera/Biri-Gubba-Juru man, is Australia’s first Indigenous Ophthalmologist. He works closely with Indigenous communities by providing quality eye health care that they may not otherwise receive.

Diabetic related eye disease and cataracts are the two most common causes of preventable and potentially reversible blindness within Indigenous communities and absorb a significant amount of Kris’ clinical time when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

During his registrar training in Queensland, Kris had the opportunity to work with the Fred Hollows Foundation in Darwin, work which took him into remote communities across the Top End.  Following the completion of his College exit examinations, he was awarded the Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship, which saw him work four months in Alice Springs and surrounding communities and three months at the Pacific Eye Institute, based in Suva, Fiji.

Kris is a founding member and currently the Vice-President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.