AIDA President Dr Kali Hayward, Vice President Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker, Chief Executive Officer Craig Dukes and Policy and Research Manager Siani Iglewski recently attended the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. Other AIDA members who attended the congress, included AIDA life member and PRIDoC founder Dr Ngiare Brown, and Student Representative Committee member Kathryn Dalmer.
A pre-conference retreat provided the opportunity for senior representatives of the PRIDoC membership to come together and share their organisation’s history, experiences, challenges, successes and goals moving forward. The retreat also provided an opportunity to plan for future of PRIDoC.
PRIDoC 2018 was hosted by ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka, the Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians, and themed ‘Oi Ola Wai Honua which translates to ‘life is better while the earth has water’. The theme placed a strong emphasis on supporting Indigenous doctors’ health and wellbeing. Complementing the scientific content, the congress program had a strong cultural component which included a cultural night of sharing. This gave delegates the opportunity to experience performances from different First Nation groups attending the congress. AIDA contributed to the night by dancing with the support of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council.
PRIDoC 2020 will be held in Canada and hosted by the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC).