Indigenous health

Under the direction of the Indigenous Health Committee, ANZCA has undertaken a number of initiatives in an effort to:


  • Improve clinical safety.
  • Improve cultural safety.
  • Attract and support indigenous trainees and specialists.
  • Advocate for indigenous health.


Apply for a sponsored place at the ANZCA annual scientific meeting

Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, New Zealand Māori and Pacific Islander medical students and junior doctors living in Australia or New Zealand are invited to apply for one of three complimentary registrations to the ANZCA annual scientific meeting (ASM). 

For information about eligibility and applying for 2018 ASM sponsored places please click here  

Indigenous health podcasts

This series has been developed by ANZCA Fellows to provide an introduction to working with indigenous patients. There are nine podcasts available covering topics that range from communication and asking about indigenous status to culture shock and traditional parenting.  


View the podcasts here.


Intercultural competency online learning - now available in Networks

This intercultural competency resource is designed for practitioners in Australia and New Zealand, to assist you to view cultural perspectives in workplace interactions - including your own as well as the perspectives of patients, colleagues and team members.


Completion of this activity by ANZCA Fellows may accrue continuing professional development points under the knowledge and skills category.


Now available through Networks.


Indigenous teaching and learning cases 

The teaching and learning cases have been developed for use in conjunction with the 2013 curriculum.


Four cases (7, 8a, 8b, 9) have been specifically developed to support case-based discussions involving indigenous Australian and Maori patients. 


7 question only version
7 facilitator version
8b question only version
8b facilitator version
8a question only version
8a facilitator version
question only version
9 facilitator version


Network for Indigenous Health and Cultural Education

Nicheportal, the Network for Indigenous Cultural and Health Education Portal, provides links to educational and learning resources in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural competency, for medical specialists caring for indigenous communities. It includes both a searchable database of activities, resources or case studies, and a free discussion forum to encourage the exchange of knowledge, expertise and information.


Visit the portal here.



ANZCA Fellows are involved in mentoring the next generation of specialists working with Aboriginal medical students through the Flinders Adelaide Indigenous Medical Mentoring program and with the support of the Wollotuka Institute in Newcastle.  Further information is available from the September 2013 ANZCA Bulletin article via the link below. For information on how to go about setting up a similar program in your community please contact us on


Further information

Our indigenous health challenge - ANZCA Bulletin September 2013

Indigenous Health Committee - ANZCA Bulletin June 2011

For additional information or to ask any questions please contact us on

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