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Medical Deans – AIDA National Medical Education Review

Medical Deans – AIDA National Medical Education Review: A review of the implementation of the Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework and the Healthy Futures Report within Australian medical schools

The Medical Deans – AIDA National Medical Education Review commenced in September 2010 and was completed in February 2012. The final report assessment and documents Australian medical schools’ implementation of AIDA’s Healthy Futures Reports and the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools (now Medical Deans) Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework. In doing so, the report covers the progress Australian schools have made in implementing Indigenous student recruitment and retention initiatives and Indigenous health curricula since the publication of both documents in 2004/05.

275 individuals including Deans of Medicine, medical faculty managers, medical students and key staff members implementing Indigenous Health curricula and student recruitment and retention initiatives completed audit proformas and participated in interviews and focus groups conducted within all Australian medical schools.

The results of the review highlight that progress has occurred. At the national level all medical schools deliver more Indigenous Health content than in 2004 and the numbers of Indigenous medical student enrolments have been gradually increasing each year since 2004, resulting in a total of 218 enrolments in 2011. In 2011 new Indigenous student enrolments reached 2.5% of the total domestic enrolments for the first time ever.

The report also delivers 10 recommendations aimed to reduce significant issues impacting on the quality and sustainability of implementation of both initiatives.

To view the final report, please click here.

The Review Project was supported by financial assistance from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

This page was last updated on: 22/08/2012