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Bringing Together Aborginal Medical Trainees From Across NSW

The Aboriginal Trainee Doctors’ Forum is a collaboration between the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI), the Ministry of Health's Aboriginal Workforce team, and the Australian Indigenous Doctor's Association (AIDA).

Formed in 2015, the Aboriginal Trainee Doctor’s Forum provides face-to-face support to all NSW Aboriginal medical trainees to ensure every opportunity for success.

All NSW and ACT Aboriginal medical trainees in their first five years of medical training are invited to the Aboriginal Trainee Doctor’s Forum (ATDF). The invitation list is initially formed from those who used the Aboriginal Internship Recruitment Pathway, but all Aboriginal medical trainees are most welcome to attend so feel free to pass this invitation onto your colleagues. Attendees come from across the state (and the ACT), from rural centres and metro hospitals and represent many of the medical schools.

Speak to your JMO Management Unit or to the office of the Medical Dean to ensure your attendance. Contact HETI staff if you need support to attend.

Held twice a year, the next Forum is scheduled for Friday 23 March 2018.

For more information:

T: 02 9844 6515

About the artwork

This artwork was commissioned in 2017 by HETI's Medical Portfolio to reflect the unique identity of the Aboriginal Trainee Doctor's Forum. The artist, Dr Rebecca Davison, is a member of the Forum and an intern at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Rebecca is a Kurnai, Dharawal and Dunghutti woman, a passionate and prolific artist who has been painting since high school.

The design is based on concentric rings of a tree trunk, symbolising growth, knowledge and connectedness to land. A snake is in the centre of the rings, taken from the rod of Asclepius, symbol of healing/medicine. The people sitting in a circle, (attendees at the Forum) each have a different pattern coming into the circle, as they come from different mobs.