Hello and welcome to Ward Round edition 70.
The Council of Australian Governments Health Council is meeting in Alice Springs on Wednesday until Friday this week. An important part of the meeting will be a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. AIDA has been invited to participate in a roundtable with other Indigenous leaders. This is a great opportunity for health ministers to listen to Indigenous leaders regarding issues that we would like them to focus on, what works and what doesn’t work, and where attention needs to be directed.
The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine will visit us at Old Parliament House on Tuesday, 7 August to discuss data on Indigenous representation in emergency departments.
On 9 August we will meet with the steering committee of the National Medical Training Advisory Network project ‘Specialist Trainees in the medical workforce project’ to finalise minimum and best practice standards in regards to recruiting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors into medical specialties. This links into the AIDA identification paper, which will be released later this year.
We look forward to attending the quarterly meeting with the Lighthouse Hospital Project Steering Committee on Thursday, 16 August. We are proud to be part of this committee, which has rolled out a pilot program on cardiac health in 18 hospitals nationally. It’s great to see this initiative embed cultural safety directly into the core of the program.
The next AIDA Board meeting will be held on Saturday, 25 August. This will be the last Board meeting before the 2018 annual general meeting (AGM).
This is an exciting time of the year at AIDA where we get busy with conference preparations, planning of the AGM and Board elections.
If you haven’t already registered for the AIDA Conference 2018, please do so soon as registrations close on 31 August 2018.