Policy Partnerships

AIDA is represented on approximately 45 health and medical workforce committees nationally and collaborate with a range of key stakeholders and affiliated organisations. The expertise that our Board and member representatives provide across these roles is shaping Indigenous health policy and the environments in which our members learn, train and work.

AIDA participates as a partner in a range of collaborations, including:

  • Coalition of Peaks, over 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled peak and member organisations across Australia
  • National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF), a collective partnership of national organisations who represent a united voice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing with expertise across service delivery, workforce, research, healing and mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Close the Gap Committee – Australia’s peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies, NGOs and human rights organisations are working together to achieve equality in health and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Partnership for Justice in Health, a strategic partnership of health and legal organisations and individuals whose object is to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and justice outcomes through addressing racism at individual, institutional and systemic levels
  • Raise the Age, this campaign has been developed by a coalition of legal, medical and social justice organisations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community owned organisations to raise the age of criminal responsibility.
  • Racism. It Stops With Me, a national campaign that provides tools and resources to help people and organisations learn about racism and stand against it by acting for positive change.

AIDA is proud to have partnership agreements with the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ), the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) and the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC). These agreements are fundamental to developing a culturally safe medical education continuum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors.

Outcomes of the partnerships have included:

  • MDANZ- the biennial Indigenous Knowledge Initiative at the Medical Deans’ conference
  • MDANZ – National Medical Education Review: A Review of the Implementation of the Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework and the Healthy Futures Report within Australian Medical Schools
  • AMSA- Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students: a framework for medical societies
Proud member of the Coalition of Peaks