NSW Aboriginal Trainee Doctors' Forum

Bringing  together Aboriginal 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 Doctors’ Association (AIDA).

Formed in 2015, the Aboriginal Trainee Doctors’ 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 Doctors’ 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. Attendees come from across the state (and the ACT), from rural centres and  metropolitan 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  have any questions or if you need support to attend.

The next forum will not be held in March as previously planned, but rather coincide with the 2019 HETI Prevocational Conference held on 6 and 7 June 2019. All attendees from the ATDF are encouraged to attend and can apply for sponsorship through the event organisers.

Contact us for sponsorship or attendance information

T: 02 9844 6515
E: HETI-ATDF@health.nsw.gov.au

About the artwork

This artwork was commissioned in 2017 by HETI's Medical  Portfolio to reflect the unique identity of the Aboriginal Trainee Doctors’  Forum. The artist, Dr Rebecca Davison, is a member of the Forum and a 2017  intern at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Rebecca is a  Kurnai, Dharawal and Dunghutti woman and 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.