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Mr Ali Drummond was born and raised on Thursday Island in north Queensland, and is a descendant of the Dauareb people of the Murray Islands and the Wuthathi and Yadaigana people of North-Eastern Cape York Peninsula. In 2005, he was one of the three inaugural nursing graduates from James Cook University, Thursday Island Campus.
Mr Drummond's nursing experience began in 2006 in the Orthopaedic Unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Since then, he has worked in most of Brisbane's hospitals in numerous specialty medical and surgical wards and emergency departments. His pathway into nursing policy began in mid-2010 when he began work with the Nursing and Midwifery Office Queensland (NMOQ) as a Nurse Project Officer. As well as project management roles, Mr Drummond has also been the Indigenous Nurse Advisor to a number of Queensland’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers, and is currently an Assistant Director of Nursing in NMOQ.
When graduating in 2005, Mr Drummond became the inaugural recipient of the 'Sally Goold Award' (for the most outstanding Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander nursing student), and in September 2012 received the 'Early Career Outstanding Alumni Award', both from James Cook University (JCU). He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with JCU, and also a regular guest lecturer with the School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology. He is currently completing a Master in International Public Health.