Dear Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) members
After much thought I have decided to stand down from my role as President of AIDA, having served on the Board of Directors since 2009 and in the role of President since 2015.
Elections for the positions of President and Vice-President will take place at the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 26 September. AIDA Vice President, Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker, has advised the Board of his intention to stand for the President vacancy.
As I reflect on my time as AIDA President, I am proud of the work of the organisation and achievements made during this time including:
- continued growth in the membership of AIDA and in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical professionals and medical students more broadly;
- strengthened relationships with key stakeholders, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA), who unanimously voted to create a position on the AMA Federal Council for a representative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors to be nominated through AIDA;
- the ongoing development of the AIDA Cultural Safety Training Program, due for completion this year, which will support clinicians to provide more culturally safe care and provide an independent revenue stream to support AIDA in the future; and
- securing a new 4-year funding commitment from the Department of Health to support the work of AIDA in the medium term.
I feel assured that I leave the role with AIDA in a strong position and I am confident in the ability of our current Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer Craig Dukes, the AIDA Secretariat and our members to continue to build on our achievements to date and to further enhance the reputation and reach of AIDA.
My time with AIDA has allowed me opportunities to influence various aspects of the health care system and to represent the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors, medical student and patients.
I would like to thank everyone for their support during my time as an AIDA board member and for the mentorship I have received during this period. I would encourage anyone who has thought about nominating for the board to complete the nomination form as my experience has been one of support, growth as well as lots of laughter.
I look forward to continuing to support the work of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and its members towards improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to promote a more culturally safe health care system.
Dr Kali Hayward