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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Congress Grants

AIDA/RANZCP Scholarships to Congress 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander junior medical practitioners and medical students are you interested in a career in psychiatry?

Would you like the opportunity to interact with leading psychiatrists and mental health experts to enhance your training and learning?

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) are committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates successfully completing psychiatry training, and entering practice in any of the fields of psychiatry.
We are offering scholarships to attend the RANZCP 2019 Congress ‘Continuity in a world of change: Culture, Diversity and Mutual Learning’ in Cairns, Queensland from 12 –16 May 2019 for:
  • up to four current AIDA members who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students or junior medical practitioners
The 2019 RANZCP Continuity in a world of change: Culture, Diversity and Mutual Learning Congress will provide a platform for global, regional and local collaboration and networking across the region. It will give you the opportunity to meet mental health experts, international and local psychiatrists and trainees.
The scholarship includes:
  • A grant of A$2000 to assist with the cost of your travel and accommodation.
  • Full registration to the Congress scientific program which includes some social functions including Welcome Reception and College Ceremony.
  • The opportunity to meet the RANZCP President, CEO and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee.
Successful AIDA member applicants are required to be Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) members (or to have an eligible application underway). The PIF is a networking resource available for all medical students and junior medical practitioners.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for one of the scholarships, please complete the application form below by Friday 5 April 2019.

Selection process

The RANZCP will review the following criteria to consider and select successful applicants:
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
  • Demonstrated interest in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in the future.
  • Demonstrated interest in psychiatry as a career.
  • Demonstrated interest in attending the RANZCP Congress.
Successful applicants will be notified shortly after Friday 12 April 2019.

First name*
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Date of birth*

Home address

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Postal address
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Please indicate whether you identify as:*


Please indicate below your current AIDA membership / Medical Education and Training status:*


Should I be successful in obtaining the scholarship I agree to my name, photograph and other media taken of me in the course of the conference being used by RANZCP and AIDA for the purposes of promoting the scholarship.*


I agree to provide a short written report or attend a short video interview outlining my three highlights experienced in the course of attending the RANZCP Congress 2018 and that this may be used by RANZCP and AIDA for the purpose of promoting this scholarship.*


I agree to provide leave approval from my University or workplace before travel arrangements are made.*


If you are a medical student:

      Which university do you attend?
      Which year of study are you enrolled in?

If you are a junior medical practitioner:

      What is your current role?
      Which year did you graduate?

How have you contributed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health?*

Why are you interested in a career in psychiatry?*


Why do you think it would be beneficial for you to attend the RANZCP Congress?*


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