Indigenous doctors sign agreement to help close the gap

The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) and Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) signed the agreement at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) as part of NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week.

Professor Kate Leslie, chair of the CPMC and an anaesthetist at the RMH, said few of the 150–200 Indigenous medical graduates had completed their fellowship of any of the colleges, including the RACGP.

“Many of the 15 specialist medical colleges have no persons who identify as of Indigenous background,” she told MO.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors are significantly under-represented in the medical workforce and all 15 specialist medical college presidents are absolutely committed to leading the change with our partners, AIDA.

“We would like to reach the situation where Indigenous doctors are represented in equitable numbers in all