About the AIDA Post
As part of the Federal Governments’ Closing the Gap strategy, the Department of Health has earmarked a specialised academic post referred to as the ‘Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) academic post’. AIDA and its members are uniquely positioned to provide perspectives aimed at improving the health and life outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) academic post is an identified training term open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPiTs to do teaching and research that aims to improve the health and life outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Dr Talila Milroy
2020 AIDA Academic Post holder
'Racism in the healthcare workforce and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in general is a really important topic that the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association [AIDA] is trying to address, among many others.
The AIDA post allows me to work with AIDA to get advice and support in developing my project, the project design, helping with recruitment and also reviewing the project as it progresses throughout the post. Also, it allows me to attend their annual conference – to present my findings but also to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or non-Indigenous researchers within the Indigenous healthcare space.'
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AIDA Academic Post further information
The AIDA post comprises 0.5 FTE clinical work in a general practice clinic (minimum of 14.5 hours per week) and 0.5 FTE in academia, including research (11.4 hours) and teaching (7.6 hours). The successful applicant will be supported to visit AIDA’s office in Canberra several times over the course of the post. Applicants may develop their own topic in consultation with their University supervisor or select from the list of suggested topics provided below.
Suggested research topics
All of the topics listed below would lend themselves to a number of different approaches, ranging from a literature review, a review of metadata and trials, developing research methodology on how to collect/collate the data and measure/impact on results informed by and integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being and knowing and/or best practice models. Additional annotations are only provided where they differ from the above.
- Applying cultural safety in clinical practice at the GP practice level (could also be a collation/review of patient surveys on the cultural safety of their treatment/GP)
- Racism (as experienced and/or perpetrated) by GPs
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patient and doctor (under)identification
- GPs and ear health
- GPs and BBV and STIs
- GP role in identifying and addressing current and future effects of climate change on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
- Euthanasia/Doctor assisted dying –
- the impact of proposed and current laws on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
- the opinions on those issues among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients (should include palliative care)
- Integrating traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practices in modern clinical practice.
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