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: The next College-focused workshop will be held at LIME Connection VIII in Christchurch, November 2019
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.
- Visit the Accreditation Tools site and request a password
- Download the PDF version of the Periodic Systemic Review of Indigenous Health for Specialist Medical Colleges
Pathways into Specialisation
We are now developing a Pathways into Specialisation online resource. This will be based on the Pathways into Medicine database and will be an online, searchable database for prospective trainees to find the best fit for them as they move from medical school and into specialisation. A working group made up of representatives from the various Specialist Colleges has developed a template page and we will shortly request each College complete the template with their relevant information, before implementing this online as a searchable database for prospective Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori trainees looking to begin Specialisation.
- Specialist Medical Colleges Resources List – introductory reading and links.
- The LIME Network Resources Hub – search for resources relevant to Specialist Medical Colleges
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 will take place in Christchurch, Aotearoa (New Zealand) from 5 – 8 November 2019. The event will be hosted by The University of Otago.
- The Conference Program will include a dedicated stream for Specialist Medical College delegates.
- Register to attend! LIME Connection provides an opportunity for engagement and collaboration across and within medical schools and Specialist Medical Colleges
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.
- Development of seminars with particular relevance to Specialist Medical Colleges is being undertaken.
LIME Newsletter & Social Media
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.