Indigenous medical student increase helps close the gap

Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) president Associate Professor Peter O’Mara said the rise to 2.5%, up from 0.8% in 2004, coincided with the signing of a new collaboration agreement between the association and the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand.

The agreement is the third between the groups and is designed to further promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical education and help close the gap in health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

“What makes our work with the Medical Deans important is we have made positive, sustainable and long term