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 health and the medical education system to increase the number of Indigenous medical professionals. Through the provision of AIDA’s unique medical and cultural advice, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy, we improve the health equity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
In 2017 we celebrated 31 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students graduating in medicine and five Indigenous specialists became fellows. We were also proud to welcome the first Indigenous Australian Ophthalmologist and the first Aboriginal doctor in the Royal Australian Navy.
AIDA Board meetings are planned for March, June, September and December. The Board, the CEO and the managers had a strategic planning workshop where the key outcomes were to influence strategic policy, engagement and research.
Our annual community visit was held in Bowraville, NSW in March. AIDA Board members and staff attended the community together with other peak representative groups and the local health district where we organised our first Indigenous health workforce expo ‘Future Health Champions’. Local students and the broader community were invited to come and meet with Indigenous health professionals and learn about how rewarding a career in health can be. The expo was a great success for all involved, so we hope to make it a regular event for communities across Australia.
AIDA’s member networking events will be held in Townsville, Hobart, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle throughout the year.
AIDA’s annual conference will take place in Perth, WA from Wednesday, 26 to Friday, 28 September at Crown Perth. Following a very successful conference in the Hunter Valley last year, 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.
If you haven’t signed up as a member for 2018 I would strongly encourage you to do so. Membership is free for Indigenous medical students and new graduates. Being an AIDA member gives you many benefits throughout the year including discounted registration fees to our conference and free attendance at member networking events. You will also receive our fortnightly eNewsletter ‘Ward Round’, which provides you with up to date information on our policy work, events and members news.
Dr Kali Hayward