Dr Tammy Kimpton
As I write this President’s Message at the start of 2014, I would like to take a moment to reflect on AIDA’s achievements during 2013.
Some of our organisational highlights of 2013 included:
- the signing of the Collaboration Agreement between AIDA and the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges in July;
- hosting Murra Mullangari - Pathways Alive and Well program with our peer peak Indigenous health organisations for 30 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people considering a career in health;
- the development of AIDA’s Cultural Safety Position Paper and Research Agenda;
- input into the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan; and
- undertaking our Organisational Review.
The important work AIDA has undertaken during the last twelve months has made me incredibly proud and continues to inspire me about our future.
Looking forward to 2014, the coming year promises to be a very exciting in the context of our advocacy, policy work and strengthening/consolidating our membership. In the member engagement space we’ll be continuing our advocacy work across the medical education and training spectrum, engaging with our members through a number of membership gatherings scheduled around the country between February and June, and our annual Symposium, AGM and workshop will be held in Victoria between 1-4 October. At an organisational level we’ll be starting to implement the recommendations of the AIDA Organisation Review which will ensure our organisation’s sustainability into the future.
A strong membership base allows us to advocate effectively on behalf of our members, and more broadly to work toward achieving our vision of equitable health and life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As AIDA’s membership continues to grow, I look forward to working alongside our medical graduates, students and associate members in delivering on AIDA’s priorities.
AIDA membership forms for 2014 recently became available. I encourage you to renew your AIDA membership as soon as possible. Existing members were sent renewal membership forms at the end of last year, alternatively you can log in the members only area of our website and complete your membership renewal online. AIDA also welcomes new members and a membership application form is available on our website.
In terms of international engagement this year the Medical Association for Indigenous People of Taiwan will be hosting the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC). I anticipate that PRIDoC will be held during the last week of October/early November. PRIDoC 2012 was a wonderful opportunity to engage both professionally and culturally with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and I encourage you, if possible, to attend PRIDoC 2014.
In closing, I’d like to wish you all the best for 2014 and let you know that the entire Board and I value the opportunity to hear from the members about your ideas in moving AIDA forward. I’m particularly keen to hear from you about how AIDA is going now, your views for our future, and encourage you to join us on this journey!