19th Asia Pacific Diabetes Conference
The Diabetes Asiapacific-2017 conference will be organized around the theme “Emphasis on Treatments and Explore the Diabetic Complications”. Diabetes Asiapacific-2017 provides a platform for the interaction between experts around the world and aims in accelerating scientific discoveries. The event is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions on the latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive global discussions that address current issues in Diabetes Asia Pacific 2017.

Conference Highlights:

  • Diabetes, Types, and Symptoms.
  • Screening and Treatments of Diabetes.
  • Transplantation of Diabetes.
  • Complications of diabetes.
  • Emerging Focus in Diabetes Research.
  • Neuro Endocrinology.
  • Management of Diabetes.
  • Auxiliary Treatments of Diabetes.
  • Computerized applications in Diabetes mitigations.
  • Advancement of New Drug/Biomarker Discovery for Treatment of Diabetes.
  • Technologies for the Treatment Of Diabetes.

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20-22 July 2017, Melbourne.
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The 6th Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit 2017
The Summit brings together some of the most inspirational and accomplished Indigenous Women from around the country to share their story and offer advice, guidance, and support. This two-day event will explore the unique challenges and opportunities that face Indigenous women. This exciting Summit will provide a platform for both emerging and established Indigenous leaders to come together and be surrounded by like-minded individuals who offer inspiration and motivation to unleash your leadership potential. The 2017 theme is ‘Realise your Potential’.

Pre-Summit Workshop: 21 August 2017, Primus Hotel, Sydney.
Summit: 22-23 August 2017, Primus Hotel, Sydney.
Post-Summit Workshop: 24 August 2017, Primus Hotel, Sydney

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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research
In collaboration with the Melbourne Medical School, the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is offering the opportunity to support clinical research training for Indigenous clinicians and health professionals from a variety of disciplines.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research is delivered over the course of one or two years. It provides training on designing clinical research studies, evaluating research literature, statistical analysis, and ethics in clinical research practice.

The Graduate Certificate comprises four intensive subjects, preparing students who may be seeking a career in research, through intensive workshops and seminar formats, supported by online content. The four subjects are:

  • Responsibilities in Clinical Research (21-24 August 2017)
  • Data Analysis in Clinical Research (23-27 October 2017)

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2017 Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting (2017 RMSANZ 2nd ASM)
The conference provides a forum for Rehabilitation Physicians to share up to the minute knowledge and experiences with colleagues to promote the growth and welfare of Rehabilitation Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians in Australia and New Zealand. The 2017 program will incorporate the principal themes of Musculoskeletal Pain, Neuroplasticity and Spinal Cord Injury and Technology. The theme for the conference is: ‘The Leading Edge: Innovation in Rehabilitation Medicine’.

17 – 20 September 2017, Canberra.
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CATSINaM Conference
The theme for the CATSINaM Professional Development Conference is ‘Claiming our Future’. The purpose of this theme is to share information while working towards and integrated approach to improving the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Conference also provides an opportunity to highlight the very real difference being made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by our Members.

To this end, we are offering a mixed mode experience with plenary speaker sessions, panels, and presentations as well as professional development workshops. The CATSINaM Gala Dinner and Awards evening,  held on the night of October 11th, purpose is to honour the contributions of distinguished Members to the field.

10-12 October 2017, Gold Coast, QLD.
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RACMA Spring Professional Development Forum & Annual Conference
18-21 October 2017, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, VIC.
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The Aboriginal Trainee Doctor’s Forum
The Aboriginal Trainee Doctors Forum is a state-wide meeting of self-identified Aboriginal trainee doctors that meets to discuss and advise on improvements to support systems and career opportunities for Aboriginal doctors. The forums provide training and support that encourages success and longevity in the medical field.

Each forum is organised and facilitated by the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) in joint partnership with the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA) and the NSW Ministry of Health.

All travel and accommodation costs are covered for those outside Sydney and the day is completely free and catered for.

27 October, the NCIE, Redfern, NSW
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Indigenous Allied Health Australia Conference
The theme for Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s (IAHA) 2017 National Conference is ‘Care, Cultures and Connection’, which reflects three key factors that influence the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Within an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and allied health context, building culturally responsive connections and relationships and valuing cultures, cultural knowledges and perspectives will contribute to the delivery of culturally safe and responsive care.

Registrations open: 1 July 2017.
27-29 November 2017, Perth, WA.
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RACMA Management for Clinicians
The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Management for Clinicians (M4C) program – provides doctors with an excellent platform from which to build skills for leadership and management. This introductory program is aimed at the practitioner entering into or those who have recently been appointed to a leadership and management role.

Delivery of this 2 day program is conducted by experienced Fellows of The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

These Fellows are working in leadership and management roles, serving on Boards and committees and responding to the challenges of working in a complex and adaptive health system.

• 2 day workshop limited to 30 participants
• Over 1000 clinicians have attended a Management for Clinicians workshop
• Opportunity to network with senior medical administration specialists
• Management for Clinicians completion certificate
• Courses are run approximately every 3 months across Australia and New Zealand

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Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling Courses
Indigenous students have the opportunity to enrol in the following two free courses at Curtin University:

  • Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course – designed to equip Indigenous students for mainstream university degree courses.
  • Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling Course – designed to provide a pre-entry pathway for Indigenous students into undergraduate courses within the Faculty of Health Sciences including Medicine.

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Financial support

AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship – donations encouraged
A medical scholarship that has helped more than 20 Indigenous students become doctors is now open to tax-deductible donations.

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ACEM Foundation Conference Grant: Promoting Future Indigenous Leaders in Emergency Medicine
The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Foundation is currently seeking applications for the ACEM Foundation Conference Grant. The Conference Grant supports Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical practitioners, medical students and other health professionals in attending the ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting.

Applications for the ACEM Foundation Conference Grant Annual Scientific Meeting close: 2 July 2017.
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2017 MDA National and Rural Doctors Association of Australia Rural Health Bursary
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students are being encouraged to apply for an important national Bursary that aims to provide an Indigenous medical student with much needed support while on the path through their medical degree. The Bursary, which is valued at up to $7000 plus GST, will assist the recipient with:

  • relocation and living / study costs while studying
  • undertaking a rural or remote clinical placement to experience this rewarding area of medical practice or to develop skills in a particular area of medicine in order to assist a rural or remote community or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community
  • any other activity (including research) that would benefit rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and/or rural and remote health

Applications close: 7 July 2017.
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Research fellowships with the State Library of New South Wales.
The Library is calling for applications for a range of prestigious research fellowships totaling $160,000.

Applications close: 17 July 2017.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship and Leadership Grants Programs
Applications for a new round of scholarships are now open. Individuals can apply to the Scholarship Program for up to $5,000 to undertake study and training to develop their skills and enhance their employment prospects in the ACT.

Applications close: 21 July 2017.
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The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship
At House Call Doctor we recognise the contribution that medical professionals make in ensuring that Australians are healthy and happy, and as such we are proud to offer The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Indigenous Scholarship to eligible young Australians. This $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to an eligible Indigenous student, with these funds contributing to their tuition fees and personal learning expenses.  

To be eligible for The House Call Doctor Futures in Health Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Identify as Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander
  • Be an undergraduate student studying a medical field at an Australian university
  • Be entering at least the 2nd year of study in 2018
  • Be able to provide written documentation where required, such as a Statutory Declaration or other supporting documents.

Applications close: 15 December 2017.
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The Shalom Gamarda Indigenous Scholarship Program
The Shalom Gamarda Indigenous Scholarship Program offers residence at Shalom College in Sydney to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at the University of New South Wales.

Each scholarship covers full board and tutoring support at Shalom College. However, students are required to make a nominal contribution of $50 per week. Scholarship holders who comply with the conditions of the scholarship (which includes having to pass each year of their study) have tenure until they complete their degrees.
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Career Medical Officer – Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) provides health services to the communities between Auburn in the East and Blacktown in the West, and Merrylands in the South to the Hills Shire in the North.

The purpose of the position is to ensure optimal clinical care of patients presenting to the Emergency Department. This includes both adult and paediatric patients. The Career Medical Officer is expected to supervise and educate junior medical staff and students, and to participate in ongoing professional development and system improvement activities.

The Career Medical Officer in the Emergency Department of Blacktown/Mt Druitt is responsible for providing optimal clinical emergency care to patients who present to the Emergency Department. Blacktown/Mt Druitt Hospital Emergency Department provides emergency care for both adults and children. The Career Medical Officer should be aware of health needs related to the diverse cultures and socio-economic status of the patients who attend the Emergency Department. The Career Medical Officer is expected to provide supervision and support to Junior Medical Officers and Medical Students in the department.

Applications close: 29 June 2017.
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Volunteering Opportunity – Remote Northern Territory
National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy is an Indigenous Not For Profit organisation located in Redfern NSW, and working primarily in NSW and the NT. Their NT based program utilises skilled volunteers from a variety of fields to deliver sport, health and educational programs in 8 remote NT communities four times per year and is open to volunteers nationally. The program is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous applicants, but the Academy feel it is essential to encourage higher numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members. They rely on the support of volunteers with over 100 individuals joining our team to deliver programs across Australia each year.

The selection process has become highly competitive with demand across the country from skilled, qualified and inspirational Australians. To qualify applicants must by 21 yrs and over, have experience working with children, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate young people.

Applications close: 4 July 2017.
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National Rural Health Commissioner
The National Rural Health Commissioner will be an independent statutory officer within the Australian Government’s Health portfolio. The Commissioner will work with regional, rural and remote communities, the health sector, universities, specialist training colleges and across all levels of government to improve rural health policies and champion the cause of rural practice.

Reporting to the Minister, the primary function of the Commissioner will be to provide advice on the development of a new National Rural Generalist Pathway to increase access to training for doctors in rural, regional and remote Australia. The Commissioner will also provide advice on allied health workforce issues, and on appropriate remuneration for rural generalists, and assist the Australian Government to better target interventions that support access to and quality of rural and remote health services.

Applications close: 7 July 2017.
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Nominations for the RACGP Faculty Boards 2017
Nominations for elected positions on the RACGP Faculty Boards are now open.The RACGP Faculty Boards play an important role in shaping the way general practice is delivered across Australia. Faculty Board members debate the critical issues impacting general practice and provide expert advice on continuing professional development, education, training, quality care, research and advocacy on behalf of general practice.

For early career general practitioners, Faculty Board membership offers the opportunity to advance your career and broaden your network. For experienced general practitioners, participation on a Faculty Board allows you to share your experience and help mentor the next generation.

Applications close: 13 July 2017.
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Improving Our Health Services – EOI for New Health Committees
Territorians who are passionate about improving Health Services are being urged to apply for positions with two new Health Advisory Committees for Central Australia Health Service (CAHS) and Top End Health Service (TEHS) respectively. The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said Expressions of Interest were being sought from people across all sectors of the community.

Expressions of Interest close: 31 July 2017.
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Masters of Philosophy or PhD in Aboriginal Health Studies- Eating Disorders, University of Newcastle
We are hoping to find an Aboriginal research student to explore healthcare models for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons struggling with an eating disorder.  There will be a great team of other students doing similar projects for other populations, wonderful supervision including ensuring an  Aboriginal supervisor. The student need not move to Newcastle as we can manage external students and provide ample supervision from distance, if needed.

Applications welcome immediately.
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Review the draft national toolkit for health professionals for engaging under-screened and never-screened women in the National Cervical Screening Program
Cancer Council Victoria, in partnership with Cancer Council Australia, is seeking the expertise of an Indigenous doctor with an interest in women’s health or cancer screening and prevention to review a national toolkit which is currently being developed for health professionals for engaging under-screened and never-screened women in the National Cervical Screening Program. In particular, the Council would like the ‘Barriers to screening’ and ‘Cultural competency’ modules of the toolkit reviewed by an Indigenous doctor familiar with Indigenous health issues. This short term role supports the project’s National Advisory Committee via email and monthly teleconference and starts immediately, with the toolkit scheduled to be rolled out in June 2017 in support of the National Cervical Screening Program renewal.

To participate in this project, please contact Hiranthi Perera, Workforce Development Manager at Cancer Council Victoria, on (03) 9514 6423 or via email at hiranthi.perera@cancervic.org.au.

Expressions of Interest for AH&MRC Ethics Committee and External Reviewers
The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) (NSW) Human Research Ethics Committee is accepting applications to join the Committee. The role of the AH&MRC Ethics Committee is to assess research proposals affecting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities in NSW, and to monitor the collection of data on Aboriginal health to ensure these activities will be conducted ethically.

For any enquiries or to register your expression of interest, please contact ethics@ahmrc.org.au or call (02) 9212 4777.


Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Prize
The competition is open to any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who is working, researching or training in a health-related field. Entries should use an example or a story, to present original and positive ideas aimed at promoting health gains and health equity for Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

They need not be written in formal academic style with extensive referencing, but supporting references can be used where appropriate. Essays should be no more than 2000 words long.

The winner will receive a $4,000 cash prize and the winning essay will be published in the MJA.

Closes: 14 July 2017.
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Nominations are now open for the Annual CATSINaM Awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery excellence.

Nominations close: 8 August 2017. 
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