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

The RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal and the RACS Māori Health Medal are annual awards that acknowledge significant contributions by Fellows to Indigenous health advocacy and health outcomes in Australia and New Zealand.

The Foundation for Surgery ASC awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori final year medical students and junior doctors enable eligible applicants with an interest surgery to attend the RACS Annual Scientific Congress.  Read about the experiences of previous ASC Award recipients.
Applications for 2018 are now closed.

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.

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.

The Davison Family Scholarship

The Davison Family Scholarship has been established by the Davison family to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who might, without financial assistance, be unable to contemplate a career in surgery. Medical students enrolled in an Australian medical school or doctor registered in Australia who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and are eligible to be a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) are eligible to apply. Further information including how to apply.

Download the Indigenous Scholarships Brochure (PDF 5MB)

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 2018, 26-28 September, Crown Perth, Western Australia

Te ORA Hui-A-Tau 2018, date and venue to be advised

Indigenous Health Resources

Additional Indigenous Health Resources