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RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health awards

National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

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Growing Strong Award

Through the generous donation of Dr Nathan Pinskier and Mrs Susan Pinskier, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health have established the ’Growing Strong Award’. The award was established in 2017 to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander GP registrars during the early stages of their GP career. The award is presented to the recipient each year at the RACGP’s annual conference, with the recipient receiving support to attend the conference (including airfares, accommodation and registration), with all residual funding going towards the recipient’s examination fees.

The ’Growing Strong Award’ which is aimed at supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars, complements the RACGP’s existing ‘Standing Strong Together Award’ open to Fellows or an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person working towards improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The first recipient of the Growing Strong award (2017) was Dr Josie Guyer. Dr Guyer embarked on studying medicine in 2009, after a long-established career in nursing. Her lifelong intention is to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people where she hopes to make a difference to health outcomes and contribute to ‘closing the gap.’ She considers it a privilege to be an Indigenous doctor.

Nominations for the Growing Strong Award open Monday 16 April 2018 and close on Monday 11 June 2018. Download the nomination form here.

Standing Strong Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Award

Each year, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health presents the Standing Strong Together Award to a Fellow, member of the RACGP or an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who have contributed to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Award winner will receive a commemorative trophy which will be presented at RACGP’s annual conference. The RACGP will fund the winners' (two representatives) return economy class airfare and accommodation to attend the Academic Session and Fellowship and Awards Ceremony at the annual conference.

The most recent recipient of the Standing Strong Together (2016) award was Dr Jamie Fernando and the Glen Centre – Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Residential Rehabilitation. Dr Fernando is a Gamilaroi-Weilwan man with extensive experience as a GP in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector. The Glen Centre is an award-winning drug and alcohol rehabilitation service on the Central Coast of New South Wales (NSW). It is an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation, with a board of directors representing the Aboriginal community.

Dr Fernando and the Glen Centre worked together to establish a new medical clinic at the facility. The medical clinic employs a multifaceted approach that engages the centre’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, reintroducing them to primary healthcare.

For further information about past winners, please visit our Honour Board.

Nominations for the Standing Strong Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Award open Monday 16 April 2018 and close on Monday 11 June 2018. Download the nomination form here.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Student Bursary Award

Each year, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health provides a student bursary to enable an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander medical student currently studying at an Australian university to attend RACGP’s annual conference. The 2018 annual conference, GP18 will be held in the Gold Coast from 11 – 13 October 2018.

Nominations for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Student Bursary Award open Monday 16 April 2018 and close on Monday 11 June 2018. Download the nomination form here.