The Medical Deans – AIDA Capacity Building for Indigenous Medical Academic Leadership was run from May 2011 to March 2012.

The project, managed by Rebecca Astles-Phillips, was a direct outcome of the Medical Deans-AIDA Collaboration Agreement 2008-2011 and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).

A forum was held on October 13th and 14th 2011 at which participants considered pathways and support mechanisms to promote Indigenous medical academic leadership whilst building on the experiences of existing leadership in the area. The forum yielded emergent themes and specific strategies were identified by participants to combat key barriers to success. Participants identified a series of recommendations and opportunities that key stakeholders could implement to ensure continued and rapid growth in the numbers of Indigenous medical academic leaders; these have been captured in the final report available at:

Medical Deans and AIDA are committed to driving action on the key recommendations of the Forum that fall within their respective areas of responsibility and encouraging stakeholders to do the same. Key outcomes of this project will inform the subsequent Medical Deans-AIDA Collaboration Agreement.