Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students are critical to the growing workforce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors, and growing the workforce is essential to closing the gap in health care between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make up 3% of the Australian population, yet there are only 260 or so Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical student retention is also a key issue, with some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students not completing their medical degree.

The ANU Medical Students’ Society (ANUMSS) recognises the need for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students to graduation to help close this gap. The ANUMSS also recognises some of the unique challenges and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and aims to provide additional support for these students.

Support Staff at ANU Medical School

We are fortunate enough to have some wonderful support staff at the ANU Medical School, who should be your first port of call for any support The team always have their door open, and are always happy to have a chat about anything, whether it be financial support, personal issues, or just to have a social yarn. They are located on the ground floor of the Florey Building.

Tjabal Centre

The Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre provides a meeting point and support base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. The deadly team at the centre can help with things from academic support and advice, personal support, access to ANU services, and access to free tutoring. The centre also provides fantastic study spaces, and social events to get to know the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community at the ANU.

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA)

AIDA is the peak professional association supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors. Membership is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students, and allows access to AIDA benefits, ranging from events such as the annual conference and networking events, student support, and mentoring opportunities. AIDA’s Student Representative Committee is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students from all medical schools around Australia, and provides advice to the AIDA Board on issues pertinent to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students.

As your 2019 AIDA Representative, I’m always happy to have a yarn about anything, and can direct you in the right direction if you need support.

Chrisy Richardson
ANU AIDA Representative 2019