AMSA and AIDA Team Up to Promote Indigenous Health and Workforce
5 March 2019
The Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA) and the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) have renewed their agreement to work together to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing and provide support for Indigenous Australian medical students.
AIDA President, Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker, and AMSA President, Jessica Yang, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during AIDA's Student Representative Committee (SRC) Meeting at Old Parliament House in Canberra on 1 March.
Ms Yang said that the MOU is a joint commitment to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
"AMSA and AIDA are committed to ongoing collaboration on crucial policy issues, including the recruitment and retention of Indigenous medical students,” Ms Yang said.
"AMSA is also committed to increasing the accessibility to our events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students," Ms Yang said.
Representatives from all of Australia's 22 medical schools last year voted in favour of AMSA's 2019 National Priorities forming the basis for AMSA's advocacy. Australian medical students have consistently identified the health of Australia's Indigenous people as a critical priority.
Ms Yang said that AMSA has also launched its Indigenous Health Project, a joint initiative between AMSA and AIDA to improve AMSA's engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and strengthen relationships between AIDA and Australian medical societies.
"AMSA's Indigenous Health Project is an important initiative, led by AIDA, to improve AMSA's support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,” Ms Yang said.
"We acknowledge the outstanding contributions from AIDA members, Ben Jones, Megan Kent, and Russell Thompson, and 2018 AMSA President, Alex Farrell, in bringing this project to life."
AIDA is the peak representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors in Australia. AIDA is a not-for-profit association working towards equitable health and life outcomes, and the cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
AMSA is the peak representative body of Australia's 17,000 medical students.
Both organisations aim to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students, with a focus on increasing the recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and providing support to current students.
AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer
Published: 05 Mar 2019