AMSA acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to elders both past and present.
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 Indigenous 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 calls 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.
We welcome Indigenous students to get involved with AMSA as well as AIDA, to aid in our joint efforts. We also provide Indigenous scholarships to attend our biggest upskilling event for the year, the National Leadership Development Seminar, as well as at least four guaranteed registration spots for our other events and bursaries where available.