AMSA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, work and study, and recognise their ongoing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples both within and beyond our organisation. AMSA recognises that sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
AMSA partners with the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) on issues related to both Indigenous Student Recruitment and Retention, as well as advocating for Indigenous Health and Closing the Gap in Australia. AMSA has a close relationship with the AIDA Student Director and Student Representative Council, including by supporting their annual Project such as the 2018 "Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Students: A Framework for Medical Societies".
Indigenous Health, including the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students, is a National Advocacy priority of AMSA. AMSA has supported the Uluru Statement from the Heart, sits on the AMA Indigenous Taskforce, and has consistently made Indigenous Health a key focus of our advocacy submissions for the annual Federal Budget. AMSA has policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Student Recruitment and Retention, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Medical Curricula and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. In recent years we have welcomed the AMSA Indigenous Health team to our leadership structure. In 2021, our focus is on creating a culturally safe and educated environment within our organisation for all First Nations medical students, as well as refining our advocacy efforts to better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students to commence and complete their degrees.
We warmly welcome First Nations students to get involved with AMSA as well as AIDA. In 2021, Indigenous scholarships will be provided at our biggest up-skilling event of the year, the AMSA National Leadership Development Seminar (NLDS). We're excited to introduce Equity Scholarships to our 2021 National Sponsorship Prospectus, and First Nations applicants will be prioritised in this process to attend AMSA's Global Health Conference (GHC), Rural Health Summitt (RHS) and National Council.
Please feel free to get in touch with the AMSA President, Sophie Keen, if you'd like to discuss this National Advocacy Priority further.