Welcome to AIDA
AIDA’s key strength has always been its people! The AIDA Secretariat implements the strategies and plans of the AIDA Board and engages with our members and key stakeholders to help address the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
AIDA continues to advocate for a health workforce that is culturally safe, free of racism and well-resourced with skilled, and appropriately trained staff. We want Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to aspire for careers in all health professions, delivering, informing and shaping the services that people need. We recognise that this is a key driver in our goal of achieving parity within the Australian medical workforce.
The 2020 Strategic Plan is a key driver in our daily business. It sets out the direction our organisation follows and is clear in what AIDA has set out to achieve. In all aspects of our work, AIDA ensures that our core values of respectful connections, social justice and human rights, cultural integrity and high standards of professionalism and excellence are evident.
I am passionate about supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students on their journey through medical school and beyond as medical professionals, and specialist Fellows. We are increasing our engagement with Indigenous support units and medical schools at universities, and medical colleges, to provide culturally appropriate assistance to Australian Indigenous medical students. Essentially we want more Indigenous medical students training with more colleges, with all the support they deserve and can get. I also work closely with the AIDA Student Representative Committee to ensure they are getting the support they need to reach out to prospective new student members, and feel empowered and engaged in their own medical studies.
I look forward to continue building our strategic relationships across the Health and Indigenous Affairs portfolios in 2018 and beyond, and will be working with policy makers to ensure the best possible resourcing for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 and its associated implementation plan.
This year we are excited to be publishing our second ‘Journeys into Medicine’ booklet, which share the amazing stories of several AIDA Indigenous medical student members and Indigenous doctor members.
Our policy team are focusing on workforce distribution, incarceration, Indigenous identifiers in healthcare, and doctor self-care. We are also developing a cultural safety training program that will be launched in medical colleges Australia wide.
The future is exciting at AIDA. I am please to advise that the Commonwealth Government has committed to another four years of funding for our organisation. I encourage you to become a member and support us in achieving what we do.