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(Adriane Houghton with her Children Sahara (9 years) and Cruz (5 years) Councillor)

'A lot of our mob don't think they're smart enough but I just tell them that it's not about being smart, it's about working really hard'

Crystal Clyne
Presented by
Crystal Clyne
Published on
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 14:03
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8 min

Student Doctor, Adrienne’s Houghton is a proud Ngarluma Yindjibarndi woman currently in her 3rd year of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. 

Adrienne’s says she is lucky to have a placement in her home town of Port Headland where she was born.

With a busy schedule the mother of two (Sahara 9, Cruz 5) Adriane in her third year is amazed as the work is completely hands on now with the practical placement.

"‘We do rotations through various areas including emergency, Obstetric's, Paediatric's and travel with the Royal Flying Doctors Services (RFDS) out to the communities.”

Adrienne has also been accepted into the Fiji Village Project which is a four week placement as one of her electives in Medicine.

This project will give Adrienne the experience, skills and insight into tropical medicine while assisting in the Emergency Department and Obstetric Unit and hopefully delivering babies. 

“I think the experience is going to be amazing and it’s going to allow me to up skill myself, so when I come back in my final year, I will be better prepared for going into tertiary hospital’s.”

“It’s not about being smart, it’s about working really hard”

With close connections to her community, Adrienne is a role model and encourages students to follow their dreams and aspirations. She says “It’s not about being smart, it’s about working really hard and It's exciting to show my family and community that you can do anything you want."

As a child Adrienne was inspired by her Mum who has influenced her to step into the Medical field.

Her Mother says " I watched her become a medical nurse and go on to become a midwife, whilst having four children. She did it all,' she says 'she's an extremely determined woman and has taught all of her children well.”

(Picture: Sophia Constantine)

With a bond like no other, Adrienne’s Mother and herself both had an 'extraordinary' experience delivering a newborn on Mother’s Day this year.  

“It was a really surreal moment to know that I love women’s health and I love assisting women to give birth to their babies in that first moment that they see this precious little human,' she says 'it’s just incredible to have the honour to be in the room with them and to be with my Mum on Mother’s Day, you can’t really top that.”

Adrienne has her sights set on becoming a Doctor and the determination and drive to complete her studies for her and her  children.

Her goal is to set an example for her children so that they always know that they can aspire to be anything they want.