It’s power and the passion

Yuko Narushima; 9/5/10

When Kerry Arabena was told the Royal Flying Doctor Service could not attend to a young boy whose finger had been severed, she was furious. ”That boy was going to be a concert pianist,” she said before slamming down the phone. Reflecting on what sparked her passion for indigenous justice this week, the public health specialist came back to that moment. ”That was a pivotal point,” the 42-year-old says. ”I realised that I could be incensed with rage about how systems could deny people entry, or make economic decisions about what their value was.”