I feel very proud to have been elected by the AIDA membership to the position of President, at the AGM held 3 October 2012. I have been a member of AIDA since its inception, most recently holding the role of Vice President.
I am very humbled to be asked to lead such a dynamic and important association, one that is dedicated to respecting and strengthening the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people though working tirelessly for the enhancement of the health and well-being of Australia’s first people.
The legacy of the previous Board has provided us with such a strong foundation to build upon. For example, by the end of 2012, AIDA will have in place for the first time, either a collaboration or partnership agreement with peak organisations representing Medical Deans to Speciality Colleges. From this position AIDA can build upon these relationships to support more of our people to graduate medicine, complete their intern training and specialise in their chosen field.
An initial priority for my first term will be working with our sister Indigenous health and social development organisations to advocate for the best possible outcome in the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. This plan is currently undergoing a national consultation process, with submissions due on 20 December 2012. I urge all members to engage with this process.
Another focus for the Board will be the Independent Review of the Commonwealth’s Health Workforce Programs, which is due to report to government by March 2013 on priorities for resources to support the workforce charged to increasing the health and wellbeing of Australians. We on the AIDA Board feel AIDA is well placed to be part of that prioritised future as, I’m sure you would all agree, AIDA is a valuable and important organisation to support us to do our jobs.
I am also looking forward to working with the membership of AIDA and hope to encourage even more of our graduates and student to join, and remain members of AIDA.
The entire Board always values the opportunity to hear from the members about your ideas in moving AIDA forward and I hope to meet many of you as I represent AIDA across the country.
Dr Tammy Kimpton – AIDA President