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.
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
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
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
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.
about the experiences of previous ASC Award recipients.
Closing date for applications - 28 February 2018.
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.
RACS Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Island and Māori SET Trainee One Year Scholarships - Applications for 2018 are now
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
- 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
The Committee is governed by the Indigenous Health Committee
Terms of Reference.
Committee Chair - Dr David
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
AIDA 2017, 20-23 September 2017, Hunter Valley
Te ORA Hui-A-Tau 2017, 7-10 December 2017,
Indigenous Health Resources
Additional Indigenous Health