President’s message

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 Peoples through the provision of AIDA’s unique medical and cultural advice, stakeholder engagement and advocacy.

AIDA Board meetings are planned for December 2017 in Canberra, and in 2018 the Board meetings will be held in March in Bowraville, June in Canberra and September in Perth. This year our community visit will be held in conjunction with the March Board meeting in Bowraville, NSW. AIDA Board members will attend the Bowraville Aboriginal Health Clinic and the Bowraville Central School and provide leadership, role-modelling and inspiration by teaching students about what it takes to be a doctor.

The AIDA Conference 2018 is taking place in Perth, WA from Wednesday, 26 to Saturday, 29 September at Crown Perth. Following a very successful conference in the Hunter Valley this year, celebrating AIDA’s 20 year anniversary, we are feeling inspired to bring you another engaging conference program filled with high profile keynote speakers, presenters and workshop facilitators from within our sector. Preparations have already begun and we look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.

For the most up to date AIDA information on our policy work, events and members news, please check your emails fortnightly on a Tuesday for the AIDA eNewsletter, Ward Round.

Kind regards

Dr Kali Hayward

The Board

In addition to the President, the AIDA Board comprises nine members, with nine 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.

The current AIDA Board of Directors is as follows:

President, Dr Kali Hayward.

Vice President, Dr Kris Rallah-Baker.

Directors, Dr Melissa Carroll, Dr Jordan Cory, Dr Olivia O’Donoghue, Dr Jonathan Newchurch, Dr Dana Slape, Associate Professor Shannon Springer and Dr Artiene Tatian.

Student Director, Mr Russell Thompson.

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 Peoples.

The Board’s roles and responsibilities