Student Resources and Publications

Footprints Short Film

Better strategies for the recruitment, retention and support of Indigenous Medical Students

By Monash Univeristy (lead agency) in colloboration with James Cook University and The university of New South Wales        

Full Footprints Forward report avialble below

 

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Barawul Yana: Better Strategies for the Recruitment, Retention and Support of Indigenous Medical Students in Australia - A NSW Report

This resources highlights 'the voices and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who decide to go to university to become a doctor or other health professional... It looks at the experience of several groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and others involved in their education as they explore options for a career as health professionals.

This booklet... tells you what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, teachers, careers advisors and Aboriginal Elders think works well about university and schools programs and also what else is needed to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids onto a good career track.'

 

 

Footprints Forwards: Better Strategies for the Recruitment, Retention and Support of Indigenous Students

This project involved a consortium of the School of Rural Health of Monash, the University of New South Wales and James Cook University and was funded through Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA). It was conducted within the Program of National Significance and was led by the Monash team.

The project aims were focussed on investigating the opportunities and barriers to Indigenous student entry into medical education. The reasons for low enrolment and high withdrawal rates for Indigenous students in medical courses were examined. We were also interested to know what strategies are adopted by Australian medical schools to recruit and retain Indigenous students, and what advice, guidance, promotional materials, and support were available to Indigenous secondary students and medical students.

Also check out the You Can Do It video from the Footprints Forwards Research Project

 

Journeys into Medicine

The Journeys into Medicine, an AIDA publication, is a collection of stories from both Indigenous doctors and medical students speaking about their experiences, challenges and triumphs in becoming and being an Indigenous doctor.

The book profiles 15 Indigenous medical graduates and 5 students and was launched by the Hon. Warren Snowdon, MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health & Regional Services Delivery at the AIDA Annual Symposium, Brisbane, 3 October 2009.

 

 

Pathways into the health workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: A BLUEPRINT FOR ACTION

The Pathways into the health workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: A BLUEPRINT FOR ACTION (an AIDA publication) was endorsed by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council on 3 April 2008.

The paper highlights the need for strong collaboration between health and education across all levels of government and identifies four areas for action: the student and their needs; the institutional context; enabling the system; and leadership for change.

 

 

Healthy Futures: Defining best practice in the recruitment and retention of Indigenous medical students

The Healthy Futures Report, an AIDA publication, was launched at the AIDA Annual Symposium held in Newcastle in October 2005.

The Best Practice Framework has been developed for Australian medical schools, governments and other stakeholders to improve recruitment and retention strategies for Indigenous medical students.

 

 

 


The Indigenous medical students’ guide to medical school

In 2014, the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) Student Representative Committee (SRC) felt it was important to create a resource to help their fellow Indigenous medical students’ transition into and succeed in medical school. The Indigenous Medical Students’ Guide to Medical School is a compilation of lessons learned first-hand, and of tips and tricks that we collectively found useful, across the diverse medical schools of Australia.

 

 

 

 


Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association Ltd Internship Guide 

In 2013, the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) Student Representative Committee (SRC) felt that it was important to provide an online resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to assist in preparing applications for medical internship. The aim of the resource is to compliment current guides such as the Australian Medical Students’ Association, 2013 Internship and Residency Guide with individual material and links that the AIDA SRC found useful when applying for internship.

 

 

 

 

Connect ‘n’ Grow resource videos: Remote Health Education centre, Remote Health Training Model and Community Consulation

Connect 'n' Grow is a Registered Training Organisation, delivering nationally recognised health training to Indigenous secondary school students. Current enrolled students come from over fifty remote, rural, discreet and urban communities across northern Australia – including Northern Territory, Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria, Torres Strait Islands and Palm Island communities. 

Key aims of the program are to increase the Indigenous health workforce; providing students with health literacy that can be taken back to their home community; and offer opportunities for students to engage with a university, training and employment pathways. 

They deliver high quality training and consulting services to improve the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.