Dr Mikayla Couch is a Bundjalung woman from Tweed Heads and a gynaecology and obstetrics registrar – who combines her passion for Indigenous health and women’s health in hosting the BLA.C.K Medicine podcast series. Mikayla is joined by a faculty of Indigenous Heath Care Professionals (HCPs), as they cover some of the broader health issues facing Indigenous Australians. The series looks at ‘closing the gap’ in diverse areas, highlighting the cultural challenges faced by patients and HCPs - whilst informing simple strategies and practice for primary health care. BLA.C.K Medicine provides a novel platform for Indigenous HCP to convey their passion and expertise to a broader healthcare audience in addressing the disparity in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.


BLA.C.K medicine is independently developed and hosted by Dr Mikayla Couch. This educational resource for HCPs is produced by Peer1 Health, with the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) as foundation sponsors and sponsorship from Bayer and Besins. The sponsorship from companies specifically relates to podcasts relating to Women’s Health and IUD contraception.

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