Advocating for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health

Find out how we're involving Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori communities in policy development and decision-making and joining forces with medical colleges around Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to advocate for health.

Supporting conferences

We support the following conferences through sponsorships, trade booths, workshops and presentations.

Health Equity Project Fund

The Health Equity Projects Fund supports activites for the Global Development and Indigenous Health Committees. It's a competative grant process open to all ANZCA fellows, for projects that support the aims and activites of the Indigenous Health Committee and Overseas Aid Committee.

Applications for 2023 projects are now closed.

Acknowledging Traditional Custodians and Tangata Whenua

We've developed a guide for staff and members with information on recognising the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land at official college meetings and events in Australia and ngā iwi Māori as the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Kiri Rikihana (Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa), has recorded this short tutorial on the proper pronunciation of te reo Māori words in our acknowledgement of ngā iwi Māori as the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Partnering for Good Health and Wellbeing for Indigenous Australians

In May 2017 The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges singed a partnership agreement with the Australian Government to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies and service providers to reduce the current gap in health outcomes and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

Indigenous health awards 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori health awards recognise an ANZCA fellow, trainee, Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) or a group of members (maximum 5) who have made a significant and sustainable contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or Māori health through a public health initiative or research project. If you wish to nominate yourself or someone for either of these awards, please select the appropriate form below.


2022 nominations will be accepted up until 31 December 2022, with winners announced in early 2023.

Last updated 11:59 1.09.2022