Indigenous Health

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Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.

 

Indigenous Health Overview

The College recognizes that improving the health of our Indigenous populations in Australia and Aotearora / New Zealand is a public health priority.

This can be achieved by addressing the determinants of health and improving the health care that Indigenous people receive in culturally appropriate ways.

The RACS Indigenous Health Position Paper (PDF 107KB) provides the framework in which the College is developing productive and culturally appropriate approaches to improve Indigenous health in Australia and New Zealand.

Further information on the College's plans for improving the health of our Indigenous populations can be found at the links below:

Activities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Network

The RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Network is a forum to promote, support and encourage fellowship engagement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Membership is free and open to all Fellows, Trainees and IMGs currently working in or with an interest in Indigenous health in Australia and New Zealand. See the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Network webpage for more information.

Awards

Nominations for the 2018 RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal and 2018 RACS Māori Health Medal are now open. These annual awards acknowledge significant contributions by Fellows to Indigenous health advocacy and health outcomes in Australia and New Zealand. Closing date for 2018 nominations - 5 February 2018.

Foundation for Surgery ASC awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori final year medical students and junior doctors are now open. These awards enable eligible applicants with an interest surgery to attend the 2018 RACS Annual Scientific Congress in May in Sydney. Read about the experiences of previous ASC Award recipients.
Closing date for applications - 28 February 2018.

Scholarships

Career Enhancment Scholarships

RACS and the Foundation for Surgery are pleased to announce a Career Enhancement Scholarship program for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical students and junior doctors. The scholarships aim to support eligible applicants in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills which strengthen their career portfolios. Closing date for applications - 12 February 2018.

One of the opportunities that medical students can take up with the career enhancement program is participating in the surgical skills workshops run by the Victorian Regional Committee. See reports on the experiences by previous participants.

SET Scholarships

RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island and Māori SET Trainee One Year Scholarships - Applications for 2018 are now closed.

Governance

The Indigenous Health Committee (IHC) is responsible for the College's portfolios in Indigenous health in Australia and New Zealand. The committee is responsible for:

  • developing College policies and position papers on Indigenous health
  • support and liaise with relevant divisions in the College in the development and implementation of the College Indigenous Health Position Paper and Action Plans
  • guiding the ongoing review and development of the College's Indigenous health portfolio
  • building stakeholder relationships and engagement with Indigenous communities and organisations
  • identifying projects that will contribute to better health outcomes for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori people.

The Committee is governed by the Indigenous Health Committee Terms of Reference.

Committee Chair - Dr David Murray FRACS.

Contact

Indigenous Health Committee Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7407
Fax: +61 3 9276 7432
Email: indigenoushealth@surgeons.org

Conferences

AIDA 2017, 20-23 September 2017, Hunter Valley NSW

Te ORA Hui-A-Tau 2017, 7-10 December 2017, Porirua, Wellington

Indigenous Health Resources

Additional Indigenous Health Resources