Dear friends and colleagues
AIDA is a major contributor to the leadership agenda in Indigenous health; influencing and informing policy and making meaningful change. We work within the medical, health and medical education systems to increase the number of Indigenous medical professionals and to improve the health equity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the provision of AIDA’s unique medical and cultural advice, stakeholder engagement and advocacy.
Last year was a year of change for AIDA. It was also a year of great success and achievement. In 2014, AIDA celebrated the highest number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students graduating in medicine (24 in the 2013 cohort) and an extraordinarily high number of Indigenous specialists became fellows. We also celebrated the fellowship of Australia’s second Indigenous surgeon.
In 2014, three medical schools graduated their inaugural Indigenous doctors. In 2015, we will celebrate the achievements of the 2014 cohort, which is likely to see a minimum of 27 Indigenous medical students graduate from medical schools nationally. This year is shaping up to be very exciting.
AIDA Board meetings are planned for March, June, September and December and this year our community visit will be held at Port Augusta, South Australia. AIDA Board members will attend the local high school and provide leadership, role-modelling and inspiration by teaching students about what it takes to be a doctor.
Our new constitution, unanimously endorsed by AIDA members at our last Annual General meeting, allows for the establishment of a Membership Committee and a Risk, Fraud and Audit Committee. It also allows for two-year membership – and if you haven’t signed up as a member for 2017 I would strongly encourage you to do so. Membership is free for Indigenous medical students and new graduates this year. We are in the planning stages for our AIDA 2017 – our signature networking conference, and I look forward to seeing you in the Hunter region.
Dr Kali Hayward
In addition to the President, the AIDA Board comprises eight members, with eight Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander doctors and one student Director. Representatives work in a range of professional, clinical and academic positions, in urban, rural and remote areas.
Dr Sean White
Dr Artiene Tatian
Dr Dana Slape
Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker
Dr Raymond Blackman
Dr Jonathan Newchurch
Dr Benjamin Armstrong
Mr Ian Lee
It is the responsibility of the AIDA Board to set the vision, policies and values of the organisation and to approve and monitor the plans and processes that manage AIDA through the CEO.
The AIDA Board is committed to advocating for improvements in Indigenous health in Australia and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take up a career in medicine.
Boards of AIDA are dedicated to living and working as positive role models for their children, families and communities. They work in a way that is respectful, inclusive, connected and reflective and will continue to demonstrate core values of excellence, professionalism, transparency, integrity, innovation and growth.
Our Board pride themselves on being culturally informed and competent. At the core of their commitment is a belief in social justice, human rights, and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.