As we turn the calendar on a new month, AIDA is gearing up to bring a number of exciting opportunities to our members. I would like to start by thanking everyone who attended our Growing our Fellows online events in March. A special thank you to the colleges and our Fellows who gave their time to contribute to the events’ success.
As part of our commitment to providing networking opportunities, two member events were hosted in Cairns and Newcastle, respectively. It was so lovely to catch up with our members at these events and to have a yarn about their experiences. Thank you to everyone who attended.
Our annual conference will look a bit different this year; although we will miss seeing you all together in the one location, your safety is our priority and that is why the AIDA2021 Roadshow is coming to you. The six Roadshows across Australia will give you – our valued members – the opportunity to meet face-to-face in the prevailing circumstances.
Registrations for the AIDA2021 Roadshow are now open and I encourage you all to attend. Please be aware that AIDA Indigenous medical students and Junior Medical Officers are eligible for funding support and you will need to apply for this separately via the links on our website. Don’t forget that we are also accepting abstract submissions as well as nominations for the 20-21 AIDA Awards! As always please contact the secretariat if you need any assistance.
With so much happening, this is a great time to ensure we have your contact details up to date so we can let you know what is happening near you. 2019 and 2020 Graduates and Fellows, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we recognise your success at your local Roadshow event in 2021.
As we acknowledge the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, AIDA is concerned that we cannot close the gap in health and wellbeing if we cannot address the failure of deaths in custody and over-representation of our people in custody. Our recent statement on this matter can be found here.
Finally, I am very happy to welcome our new team members at AIDA: Dr Karen Nicholls, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specialist Trainee Support Lead, will be responsible for developing and implementing AIDA’s Specialist Trainee Support program supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors who are looking to enter or undertake specialist training. Our new Senior Communications and Marketing Officer Wendy Wakwella, Finance Officer Congqi Liu, and Robert Seawright and Charlotte Ward who are working with our Policy team. I hope you will have a chance to meet them and catch up with the rest of our AIDA family at the Roadshow events over the next few months.
Once again, thank you for your ongoing support for AIDA and our mission, and we look forward to seeing you at our Roadshow!