Since 2004, the LIME Network’s focus has been on working with medical schools to facilitate collaboration, build the capacity of those working in the field and to develop resources that encourage best practice approaches.

With renewed funding (2017-2020) from the Australian Government Department of Health, the LIME Network now has the opportunity to engage more directly with Specialist Medical Colleges.

The LIME Network is progressing work on the following activities:

Workshops & Network Development

Regular workshops, meetings and opportunities for sharing challenges, successes and ideas around Indigenous health education implementation will progressed. A Colleges peer network, similar to the LIME Reference Group, will be explored. 

The 1st LIME/AIDA Indigenous Health Education Workshop for Specialist Medical Colleges was held in Canberra at The Australian National University on 12-13 March 2019. Participants included representatives from each of the Medical Specialist Colleges in Australia, the New Zealand College of General Practitioners, the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Medical Council. The event was facilitated by Peter O’Mara, Shannon Springer, Kelvin Kong, Lilon Bandler and David Paul.

  • Workshop 1: Evaluation Report – LIME/AIDA Indigenous Health Education Workshop for Specialist Medical Colleges – March 2019
  • Workshop 2: A College-focused workshop was held at LIME Connection VIII in Christchurch, November 2019
  • Workshop 3: Evaluation ReportThinking about Race, Colonisation And Medicine – June 2020
  • Workshop 4: Evaluation ReportIndigenous Specialist Medical College Trainees in Australia and Aotearoa

LIME AIDA Specialist Colleges Workshop March 19 Hung The Nguyen WALK

Accreditation Tools

Based on the Australian Medical Council Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Programs and Professional Development Programs 2015, the Accreditation Tools have been developed to assist Specialist Medical Colleges to internally review and map their Indigenous health initiatives across the areas of training and education; trainee recruitment and retention; continuing professional development; curriculum development and implementation; and assessment. Each Specialist Medical College has been provided with a single and unique log in.

LIME AIDA Specialist Colleges Workshop March 19 Hung The Nguyen ROOM

Pathways into Specialisation

The LIME Network Indigenous Pathways into Specialisation Online Resource is designed to help new medical graduates determine which Specialist Medical College might be the best fit for them, as they contemplate a specialisation traineeship. 

This Resource is a searchable database which provides information comparing all Specialist Medical Colleges in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. It details alternative entry pathways for Indigenous doctors, scholarship opportunities, and other support from the College. Each College provides details to contact the College for further information.

This resource is based on the Pathways into Medicine database. A working group made up of representatives from the various Specialist Colleges developed the page formats and each Specialist College contributed to their own page content.

LIME AIDA Specialist Colleges Workshop March 19 Hung The Nguyen WALK 2


LIME Connection

LIME Connection conferences provide the space for robust discussion on leadership, curriculum innovation and collaboration in Indigenous health and health professional education. They provide opportunities to celebrate successes and share new and evidenced-based approaches in the field.

LIME Connection VIII was held in Christchurch, Aotearoa (New Zealand) from 5 – 8 November 2019. The event was hosted by The University of Otago.

The format of LIME Connection IX in 2021 is yet to be determined but will once again include a Specialist Medical College stream.

Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework

A scoping project is underway, regarding the development of a vertically integrated Indigenous health curriculum framework across medical schools and Specialist Medical Colleges

Good Practice Case Studies

The LIME Good Practice Case Studies Resources showcase examples of good practice in Indigenous medical and health education from schools and specialist colleges across Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

Future volumes will include case studies relating to Specialist Medical Colleges, building the evidence base for Indigenous health initiatives in specialist medical education.

  • Read the Good Practice Case Studies resources.
  • LIME will also explore ways to share success stories, champions and positive strategies through publication on the LIME website of Specialist Medical College projects and activities.

Slice of LIME Seminars

The LIME Network hosts Slice of LIME Seminars on topics related to Indigenous health and health professional education.

Specialist medical educators may be interested in Slice of LIME Seminar 11: Assessment in Indigenous Health Education facilitated by A/Prof Suzanne Pitama and Dr Maira Patu, University of Otago, Christchurch.

Development of seminars with particular relevance to Specialist Medical Colleges is being undertaken.

LIME Newsletter & Social Media

Help us to share initiatives and opportunities in Specialist Medical Colleges via the Newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram!


Photos on this page courtesy of Dr Hung The Nguyen, taken at the LIME/AIDA Indigenous Health Education Workshop for Specialist Medical Colleges – March 2019, Australian National University, Canberra. To begin the workshop, participants took part in Learning on Country led by Uncle Wally Bell.