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Indigenous Health Working Group

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1. PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The Indigenous Health Working Group (IHWG) is a Standing Committee which provides strategic advice via the Policy & Advocacy Committee to the Board for all aspects of the college’s engagement with Indigenous Health.

2. BACKGROUND

The IHWG guides the ongoing review and development of RACMA’s Indigenous Health portfolio, to ensure that RACMA continues to meet the College’s aim to improve the health and safety and education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and Māori people in New Zealand, in partnership with those communities.

3. KEYWORDS

Indigenous, Health, Committee, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori.

4. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

– The IHWG provides strategic advice to the College for all Indigenous Health matters that effect the function as a college.
– Implementation of the RACMA Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
– The development of a Māori Health Action Plan.

5. FUNCTIONS

– To advocate for better health, position statements advocacy and policies for the Indigenous peoples of Australia and New Zealand.
– To raise awareness of cultural sensitivities around Indigenous Health issues for the speciality of medical Administration.
– To make recommendations to the Board on key Indigenous Health initiatives and RACMA policies and position statements on Indigenous Health.
– To identify appropriate projects to support and advocate for better health outcomes for Indigenous communities.
– To seek appropriate sources of funding to support RACMA to meet its objectives in Indigenous Health.
– To assist, when requested, in relevant external Indigenous Health events/workshop.

6. POWERS and ACTIVITY

– The IHWG is a College Standing Committee who report into to the Policy and Advocacy Committee (PAC).
– The IHWG must be informed on all College Activities with Indigenous Health or Indigenous cultural components.
– Prior to release, the IHWG will be consulted on proposed College media releases and other public documentation that relates specifically to Indigenous Health issues.
– The IHWG will be consulted on College submissions to governments and other bodies in relation to Indigenous Health.
– The IHWG will be consulted on regional/jurisdictional activities with an Indigenous Health component.
– Via the Policy and Advocacy Committee endorsement, The Committee has the discretion to establish working parties, reference groups or advisory groups to assist it with its work or implement initiatives in Australia and New Zealand.

7. MEMBERSHIP

7.1 Co-opted Members

The committee may from time to time require the expertise of an organisation, person, or persons who can assist in its deliberations. The committee may co-opt college members or other experts, to provide expert input for a specified time or task.

7.2 Tenure and Method of Appointment

Tenure of members of the Indigenous Health Committee will be for 3 years. Members will be approved by PAC and appointed by the Board. Members will be sought through an expressions of Interest which will be conducted by PAC. Board appointed members shall be eligible for re-election for one further period of 3 years.

7.3 Composition and Size

The Committee shall comprise:

– One member from all Jurisdictions in Australia and at least one member from New Zealand.
– At least one Indigenous identified (ATSI) Australian and one Indigenous identified (Maori) New Zealander.

7.4 The Chair

The responsibilities of Chair of the Committee shall be offered where possible, in the first instance to an Australian Indigenous or New Zealand Māori College Member.  If this is not possible then PAC Members can be elected for the position of Chair. The Chair will be appointed for a period of 3 years and shall be eligible for re-election in continuity for a maximum of one continuous term.

7.5 QUORUM

A quorum will be 50% of those eligible to vote

8. ACCOUNTABILITY AND REPORTING

The Indigenous Health Committee will report into the Policy and Advocacy Committee and will provide progress in implementing the various strategic commitments in Indigenous Health. This report must be endorsed and submitted by the Policy and Advocacy Committee to the Board.

9. The IHWG Relationship with the Board

9.1 The IHWG is not necessarily expected to make changes to policies or internal operations.

9.2 The IHWG, will provide advice to the Board as required, on matters relating to Indigenous health and social policy and advocacy.

9.3 The IHWG will provide advice to the Board on matters relating to workforce development and education. Indigenous doctors remain significantly underrepresented in the health workforce in both Australia and New Zealand.

10. MEETINGS

The Indigenous Health Committee’s meetings will be recorded in minutes.

The Committee will meet via teleconference with a minimum requirement of quarterly meetings per annum.

11. ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS

Reconciliation Action Plan – (RAP)

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