News and Media Announcements

Strengthening Indigenous health workforce will help #ClosetheGap

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

NACCHO Aboriginal Health Workforce News


Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt, yesterday  launched a new partnership of the RFDS with


  • The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA),
  • The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses  and Midwives (CATSINaM),
  • Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA)

to deliver the RFDS Indigenous Health Scholarship Scheme.

Healthier Workplace WA

Thursday, 25 May 2017
Perth, WA

Healthier Workplace WA staff recently supported Mandurah Aboriginal health service Nidjalla Waangan Mia (NWM) with their application for recognition. They were awarded Silver under Healthier Workplace WA’s Recognised Healthy Workplace program.  The Recognised Healthy Workplace program uses an evidence-based best practice model for workplaces to develop health and wellbeing initiatives that focus upon risk factors such as smoking, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption.


LIMElight Award Presentation

Friday, 7 April 2017

The LIMElight Awards are given in recognition of the significant and outstanding work staff, students and medical schools undertake in the teaching and learning of Indigenous health in medical education and Indigenous student recruitment and graduation.


LIMElight Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
This award recognises innovation and outstanding work in the area of Indigenous community engagement in medical schools.

NACCHO Aboriginal Health and #Budget2017 : @AMAPresident launches Pre-Budget Submission 2017-18

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said today that the appointment of Greg Hunt as Health Minister provides the Government with the perfect opportunity to change direction on health policy, and to consign any links to the disastrous 2014-15 Health budget to history.
Launching the AMA’s Pre-Budget Submission 2017-18, Dr Gannon said the key for the Government and the Health Minister is to look at all health policies as investments in a healthier and more productive population.
“Health is the best investment that governments can make,” Dr Gannon said.

CRANApulse: CEO's Weekly Update

Friday, 20 January 2017

Dear CRANAplus Members & Stakeholders,
CRANAplus is pleased to welcome the Hon Greg Hunt MP as the newly appointed Minister of Health for Australia and the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP as the Minister of Indigenous Health.

NACCHO Aboriginal Health : We need more Indigenous doctors , GP’s and their essential primary health care role

Thursday, 12 January 2017

” In 2012, there were 221 medical practitioners employed in Australia who identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander – representing 0.3 per cent of all employed medical practitioners who chose to provide their Indigenous status.

In 2015, the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand reported that a total of 265 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students were enrolled across all year levels. Of the 15 medical colleges, four have never had an Indigenous trainee.

Friday essay: can looking at art make for better doctors?

Monday, 9 January 2017

In 1984, artist Jon Cattapan’s sister Adriana died in a car accident. His painting, titled Sister, and some accompanying drawings, were a response to this tragedy. Sister depicts a grey-shrouded body lying on a bright red structure. Behind it are five figures in two separate groups. One represents living relatives and friends; the other, the spiritual world.

Destiny in their hands: Indigenous students follow their dream to study medicine

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A registered nurse and a high school graduate are among the Indigenous students who will study medicine at UNSW after completing the intensive Pre-Medicine program. 

Growing up in Yarrabah, a remote Indigenous community in far-north Queensland, 21-year-old Destiny Kynuna witnessed the scourge of alcohol and drug addiction and their effects on the health of those around her. 

Indigenous doctors graduate, but thousands more needed

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Australia's two newest Indigenous doctors say they have overcome significant obstacles to complete their degrees, but were driven by a passion to help their people and a desire for equality.

Department of Health figures show only 261 out of the 85,510 medical practitioners employed in Australia in 2014 identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Reaching parity with their non-Indigenous counterparts would require approximately 2,300 more Indigenous doctors.

Record number of Aboriginal medical graduates at University of Western Australia

Thursday, 17 November 2016

An Aboriginal medical student from a remote part of Western Australia is one step closer to returning home to become the town's first full-time Indigenous doctor. 

Vinka Barunga is one of six Aboriginal medical students graduating from the University of Western Australia this weekend.

It's a record for the university, in a nation where there are fewer than 300 Aboriginal doctors, but Vinka Barunga hopes many more will follow in her footsteps.



Vinka Barunga, medical graduate

Bianca Howard, medical graduate