Abstract submissions now open for the RACMA & HKCCM 2018 ASM
Abstract themes available on the RACMA & HKCCM website.

Abstracts close: 31 May 2018.
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Participants needed for roundtable event at The University of Melbourne medical student conference
The University of Melbourne MD student conference (MDSC) is a 4 day event that brings together 1,400 medical students at the Melbourne Medical School. The conference is unique as it is an event that is organised by students, for students. The organising committee is seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and students who would be available to participate in the roundtable experience where Melbourne Medical Students can have conversations about their experiences, views and opinions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and health. The roundtable is scheduled for 50 minutes between 11.30 am and 03.45 pm on 26 June at the Melbourne Medical School.

As a participant in the round table, you are welcome to attend the whole day of the conference and see exciting speakers such as Associate Professor Kelvin Kong, Dr Robert Isaacs, Ernie Dingo and Stan Grant.

Please express your interest by COB 8 June 2018 by emailing theme.rep2@melbournemdconference.org.au

Rural Medicine Australia 2018
Rural Medicine Australia attracts a diverse and collaborative community of junior doctors, students, educators, academics, and medical practitioners interested in generalist medicine in rural and remote communities. Event date: 25 to 27 October 2018, Darwin Convention Centre.

Early bird registrations end: 30 June 2018.
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6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium
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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Abstract submissions now open for the RACMA & HKCCM 2018 ASM
Abstract themes:

  • Disruption, Innovation & Transformation in Healthcare and Service Provision
  • Technology, Health Informatics & Digitalisation
  • Workforce Change, Culture, Health and Wellbeing
  • Impact of Traditional Medicine in Healthcare
  • Integrated Care and Community Services
  • Medical Leadership – Disruption and Diversity
  • Challenges in Private Healthcare

Abstracts close: 31 May 2018.
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Yalari Sydney Dinner 2018 – Tickets on sale
Yalari provides educational scholarships for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.

Event date: 22 June 2018, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney.
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General Practice Training and Education Conference 2018
The General Practice Training and Education Conference (GPTEC) 2018’s theme Switch On will challenge and stimulate, inspire and motivate educators, supervisors, registrars, leaders and founders.

Conference: 11-13 September 2018, Adelaide Convention Centre, SA.
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The 15th National Rural Health Conference: Better together!
  • Call for abstracts
    The call for abstracts will be open between 1 June 2018 and 20 August 2018.
  • Sponsorship and Exhibition
    Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are now available.
  • Registration
    Earlybird registration opens on 30 September 2018.
Event date: 24-27 March 2019
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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

2018 MDA National and RDAA Rural Health Bursary
Bursary valued at up to $7,000 + GST –  intended to assist an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander medical student with travel, accommodation and other living/study expenses in 2019, related to any of the following:

  • relocation, living and/or study expenses to support their study
  • 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
  • any other activity (including research) that would benefit rural/remote Indigenous patients and/or rural/remote health.

The Bursary will also support attendance (including travel, accommodation and/or other expenses) at the RMA18 conference in Darwin from 25–27 October 2018.

To be considered for the Bursary, you will in this year (2018) be:

  • undertaking your 2nd — 5th year of an undergraduate degree in Medicine
  • undertaking your 2nd or 3rd year of a post-graduate degree in Medicine

Applications close: 2 July 2018.
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NHMRC’s Partnership Projects program grant applications
Grant applications are now open for the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Partnership Projects program, with support from the Department of Health, to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health initiatives. This provides opportunities for community organisations that contribute to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to develop a relationship with a researcher to strengthen the evidence base in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and obesity research.

Applications close: June 2018.
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Two PhD scholarships for domestic students, Macquarie University
Two Domestic Research Excellence Scholarships, one for a bundled 2nd year Master of Research plus PhD, and another for a PhD. The period for candidature is four years. Selected candidates are required to commence both programs by 1 July 2018.

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ACEM Foundation Conference Grant 
The opportunity is open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health professionals, medical students, doctors and ACEM trainees with an interest in emergency medicine and covers travel, accommodation and registration cost to attend the ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting 18-22 November 2018 in Perth.

Applications close: 1 July 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:

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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Medical Officers: Apunipima Cape York Health Council

3 x part-time permanent positions (0.75 FTE), servicing the community of Aurukun. With over 230 team members, Apunipima Cape York Health Council is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal Community Controlled health services, delivering a broad spectrum of comprehensive primary health care services to 11 communities of Cape York.

We are currently offering a unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to positive health outcomes for the people of Cape York as a key member of a multidisciplinary team, providing a diverse range of clinic and community based services.

Applications close 3 June 2018.
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Academic Leader: Indigenous Health, University of Wollongong
This is a position identified for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who will lead the teaching and research in Indigenous health in the School of Medicine and provide leadership of the School’s Discipline of Indigenous Health including managing and supervising other staff. Permanent/continuing, full-time appointment.

Applications close: 2 July 2018.
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Female General Practitioner: Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service Incorporated
Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service (CAHS) operates a substantial health service in Condobolin, NSW. The staff at CAHS provides Primary Health/ Chronic Health and Dental services to the community and this is complimented by the regular Visiting Health Specialists.

The Female General Practitioner will work within the CAHS team to achieve key Primary/ Chronic Health Care goals and provide an appropriate mix of health services to the Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal population.

Applicants should possess relevant medical qualifications, highly interpersonal skills, a commitment to culturally appropriate holistic primary health care and an appreciation of community development principles.

An attractive package will be negotiated for the position.

For more information contact: Cecil Lester, CEO on 0427 954 311 or email: c.lester@condoahs.com.au.

JCU e-mentors
Seeking e-mentors for 2nd year students studying Rural, Remote, Indigenous and Tropical Health.

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Opportunity to join a potential documentary for NITV
Join a potential documentary following inspiring Indigenous medical students embarking on their career in medicine and established Indigenous doctors working in their chosen field.

Interested candidates can email: kodie@cope-st.com

Seeking interested GPs/Practices to participate: A trial of evidence-based smoking cessation care to pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women.
The SISTAQUIT research trial aims to improve provision of timely, evidence-based smoking cessation care (SCC) for pregnant Indigenous women attending Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS), General Practices and other health services. The multi-component, culturally appropriate SISTAQUIT intervention is based on RACGP guidelines, and trains multidisciplinary teams (e.g. GPs, Aboriginal Health Workers and midwives) using live, interactive webinars.

We are inviting services to nominate their interest in being a study site. Each site that is formally recruited will receive reimbursement for the research activities undertaken for the trial. If your service is in the Intervention group, it will receive the training and resources at the start of the project. If your service is in the usual care group, it will be offered training and resources at the end of the study. Pregnant women who are smokers and agree to be in the study will receive a shopping voucher for their participation at each evaluation point. Health providers undertaking the training may be eligible for CPD points.

The research team is led by Assoc. Prof. Dr Gillian Gould and Prof. Billie Bonevski from the University of Newcastle. Our Aboriginal Chief Investigator is Assoc. Prof. Dr Peter O’Mara; Dr Marilyn Clarke and Assoc. Prof. Maree Gruppetta are two Aboriginal Associate Investigators.

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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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