First Nations health

Working towards equitable healthcare

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of the lands, waters and communities across Australia, on which our members live and work, and to their Elders, past, present and future.

We are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce (members and staff), teaching culturally appropriate obstetric and gynaecological care, and the review and implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan.

We recognise the vast inequities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia’s healthcare system, and we recognise there is always more work to do to bridge this gap.

Our equity journey

Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is a key objective in our strategic plan, and guides our journey forwards.

Advocating for Indigenous doctors and patients

Each year, the College makes submissions to various governing bodies to advocate for meaningful policy change towards equitable access to women’s health services for First Nations healthcare consumers, and for the doctors who support them.


News

First Nations health 6 June 2022

Yarn up with Aunty Marilyn Clarke

Jony Berry, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisor, speaks to Dr Marilyn Clarke.

RANZCOG welcomes Jony Berry
Introducing Jony Berry, proud Palawa person, to the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisor.
Maternity care for First Nations Australians
It is well documented that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter, respectfully, First Nations) people bear an excessive burden of disease, disability and mortality across the lifespan. This starts in the early years and, despite national initiatives such as ‘Closing the Gap’, for the past 12 years (since targets were set in 2008) there has been little or no improvement…
Respectful maternity care: giving birth (in)to a better world
Providing respectful, woman-centred maternity care is quite literally the way to change the world. The realisation of practices and systems that uphold women’s human rights will bring justice and equity long overdue to women around the world.


Committees and leadership

Your committees

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Committee

Chair: Dr Marilyn Clarke

Deputy Chair: Dr Kiarna Brown


2022 MEETING DATES

15 March; future dates TBC


CONTACT: jberry@ranzcog.edu.au
COORDINATOR: Jony Berry


TERMS OF REFERENCE
Coming soon

Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group

Chair

Dr Jared Watts


2022 MEETING DATES

24 May; future dates TBC


CONTACT: jberry@ranzcog.edu.au
COORDINATOR: Jony Berry


TERMS OF REFERENCE
Coming soon

RANZCOG Indigenous Network group

New group

More information coming soon


2022 MEETING DATES

Dates TBC


CONTACT: cwells@ranzcog.edu.au
COORDINATOR: Clare Wells


TERMS OF REFERENCE
Coming soon

Your trainee representatives


Support for Indigenous members

Beginning your specialist training journey?

Dr Marilyn Clark, chair of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Committee, runs a private online group to support doctors who are undertaking the FRANZCOG training selection interview process.

To be included in this group, contact Jony Berry, our First Nations Health advisor: jberry@ranzcog.edu.au.

Confidential counselling

Converge is the College’s 24-hour external support service, and it is available for all trainees (FRANZCOG and DRANZCOG), SIMGs and Fellows.

Converge offer a dedicated First Nations helpline, where you can speak to experienced consultants who are either First Nations people themselves, or have undertaken specialist training in cultural awareness.


Grants and scholarships

One of the five parameters of the College’s STP Funding Agreement is specifically related to enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, through increasing opportunities and training experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people either seeking to become medical specialists, or who are already on the specialist medical training pathway.

The STP Operational Framework outlines the Colleges commitment to identify, attract and support opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under the program. Through these funding and support opportunities, we aim to address the health disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people within Australia.

Our current STP projects are:

Development and release of revised Cultural Competency online learning modules for all members

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainee scholarships (see below)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency workshops for all members

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainee pathway

General Practitioner Procedural Training Support Program (GPPTSP)
Are you a rural or remote GP? Find out how this Department of Health funding can assist you to complete the Advanced Diploma training program.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trainee Scholarships
Eight $2,500 scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees to attend the RANZCOG Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), Regional Scientific Meeting (RSM) or State/Territory Scientific Meetings (SSMs).

Funding opportunities

View all our grant and scholarship opportunities for your next research or travel career goal.


Contribute to O&G Magazine

Do you have experience working in First Nations women’s healthcare? We would love to share your story.

O&G Magazine is a fantastic print and online platform to highlight Indigenous women’s health issues or initiatives.

Email the editor if you wish to contribute a story to O&G Magazine.


Contact us

For further information contact Jony Berry, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health advisor:

Email: jberry@ranzcog.edu.au

ADDRESS
Djeembana, 1 Bowen Crescent Naarm (Melbourne), Victoria 3004, Australia.