Celebrating 10 years of collaboration: the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand
Closing the gap by growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical workforce
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the collaboration between the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA), the professional association for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and medical students,1 and Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (Medical Deans), the peak body representing professional entry-level medical education, training and research in Australia and New Zealand.2 In October 2005, AIDA and Medical Deans established an inaugural collaboration agreement formalising our shared commitment to achieving health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a focus on growing the Indigenous medical workforce.
Over the past 10 years, AIDA and Medical Deans have reaffirmed this strong and sustained commitment to achieving our shared objectives through three successive collaboration agreements. Notable milestones have been achieved since 2005, including:
- a growth in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical student cohort;
- co-auspicing of the biennial Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection, which brings together a range of key health and medical education stakeholders to share innovative approaches in Indigenous medical education;3