Call for abstracts – World Hospital Congress 2018
Abstracts for oral and poster presentations should respond to the overall Congress theme: ‘INNOVATE | INTEGRATE | INSPIRE — How can healthcare evolve to meet 21st century demands?’

Applications close: 15 January 2018.
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6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium – Call for abstracts
With the theme ‘Outback Infront’ the symposium will celebrate the leadership that has emerged from the rural and remote health research community, while at the same time, support early career academics and the next generation of rural health researchers. The Symposium will focus on rural and remote health research that informs strategic health policy and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia.

The Symposium program will be designed to engage academics, policy makers, expert researchers in rural and remote health and clinician-researchers, as well as emerging and early career researchers. It will also be relevant to policy makers, university departments of rural health, rural clinical schools, research collaborations and bodies, rural workforce organisations and health services delivery networks and providers.

11-12 April 2018, Canberra.
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Workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPs and non vocationally registered (non VR) doctors.
The gathering will provide you with continuing education of the highest standard, an inclusive and affirming forum providing you with unique post-graduate collegiate support and an important opportunity for rest and rejuvenation in a beautiful location.

23-28 April 2018, Dambulla, Sri Lanka.
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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

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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ASCEP AIDA Award – to attend ACSEP Annual Scientific Conference 2018
The Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians is proud to offer medical students and junior doctors identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander an Award to attend the College’s Annual Scientific Conference. This opportunity has been designed to enhance the recipients career and their interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine. The award recipient will receive a 3 day registration to the Annual Scientific Conference from Friday 10 February to Sunday 12 February at Surfers Paradise Marriot Resort, Gold Coast, QLD.

Applications close: 9 January 2018.
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Melbourne Poche Leadership Fellows Program
The Program supports the development of emerging Indigenous leaders in academic, policy, clinical and research roles in Higher Education institutions, government, health delivery and the community sector.

Applications close: 30 January 2018.
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AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship 2018
Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background and must be currently enrolled full-time at an Australian medical school and at least in their first year of medicine. Preference will be given to applicants who do not already hold any other scholarship or bursary. The value of the Scholarship is $10,000 per annum, and will be awarded for a full course of study, subject to review at the end of the year.

Applications close: 31 January 2018.
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Scholarships to attend the RANZCP 2018 Congress
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander junior medical practitioners and medical students, are you interested in a career in psychiatry? Would you like the opportunity to interact with leading psychiatrists and mental health experts to enhance your training and learning? We are offering scholarships for:

  • up to four current AIDA members who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students or junior medical practitioners.
  • up to two current AIDA members who are early stage RANZCP trainees (within the first two years of training).

RANZCP 2018 Congress: 13–17 May 2018, Auckland, New Zealand
Applications close: 7 March 2018
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PhD opportunity – the Lowitja Institute in partnership with the Starlight Children’s Foundation
3-year PhD scholarship in 2018 to investigate the ‘Value of humour, laughter  and imagination for the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – focusing on the resilience of children and young people’. Value: $40 000 per year.

Register your interest by emailing Dr Shayne Bellingham at: Shayne.Bellingham@lowitja.org.au

Health Workforce Scholarship Program
The Scholarship Program is intended to improve the access to services needed in remote and rural areas across Australia by supporting an increase in skills, capacity and scope of practice for medical, nursing and allied health professionals working in primary health care. The Rural Workforce Agency Network will deliver the Scholarship Program in each state and the Northern Territory:

Sydney Medical School
Indigenous Postgraduate Coursework Tuition Fee Scholarship
This Scholarship is intended to cover the tuition fees for students undertaking vocational postgraduate coursework at Sydney Medical School and is aimed at equipping Indigenous doctors with the qualifications and skills to succeed in their chosen specialist career. The Scholarship will also provide academic support and professional mentoring in the specialty of choice, if desired.

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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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Aurora Internship Program
The Aurora Program aims to to facilitate individual professional development by building career experiences and opportunities in the sector, and to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous sector organisations.

Indigenous interns will receive scholarships in the amount of:

  • $3,000 for a 4 week internship
  • $3,750 for a 5 week internship
  • $4,500 for a 6 week internship

Applications are now open.
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Invitation to join the Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Network 
We are very interested in:

  • Consumers / Community
  • Aboriginal Health Workers / Aboriginal Health Education Officers /Aboriginal Health Practitioners
  • Clinicians (Doctors / Nurses / Allied Health / Health Students)
  • Managers
  • Academics
  • Open to all who have an interest in Aboriginal Health

This newly formed Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Network (ACCN) will work to improve the experience and delivery of healthcare for Aboriginal people with chronic conditions. To achieve this, the ACCN will guide and support the process of evidence-based reform in health services by developing, promoting and implementing new initiatives, frameworks and Models of Care. It will do this by enhancing and supporting the integration of care for Aboriginal communities accessing chronic care services in accordance with ACI values.

Network Membership doesn’t tie you to a time commitment. Involvement will be as little (just get network updates) or as much (Executive Memberships / Working groups) as you want.

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Awards and Prizes

Nominations for the 2018 RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal and 2018 RACS Māori Health Medal are now open.
These annual awards acknowledge significant contributions by Fellows to Indigenous health advocacy and health outcomes in Australia and New Zealand.

Nominations close: 5 February 2018.
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Foundation for Surgery ASC awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori final year medical students and junior doctors are now open.
These awards enable eligible applicants with an interest in surgery to attend the 2018 RACS Annual Scientific Congress in May in Sydney.
Applications close: 12 February 2018.
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For any queries call 1800 190 498.