ACEM Foundation Conference Grant: Indigenous Leadership

Applications open in 2017 for the ACEM Foundation Conference Grant: Promoting Future Indigenous Leaders in Emergency Medicine.

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Policy AP418
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ACEM Foundation Conference Grant is to support Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical practitioners, medical students and other health professionals in attending the ACEM Winter Symposium or the ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).
1. PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
The purpose of the ACEM Foundation Conference Grant (the Grant) is to support Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical practitioners, medical students and other health professionals in attending the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM/the College)  Winter Symposium or the ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

2. BODY OF POLICY

2.1 Nature of Grant
The award consists of a grant, the amount of which has been fixed by the ACEM Foundation of up to $3,000 per recipient, with a maximum of $6,000 annually.

The Grant shall be used to cover the registration, return economy-class airfares, accommodation, travel and living expenses while the recipient is at the ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) or the ACEM Winter Symposium. Ancillary costs and any costs associated with family members or others who travel with the delegate are not covered by the Grant.

The Grant(s) are made annually, where this is appropriate. If no nominee meets the criteria in a particular year, then the Grant(s) will not be made.

2.2 Eligibility Criteria
Eligible nominees include Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Māori medical practitioners, medical students or Indigenous health professionals who are actual or potential leaders in the development of emergency medicine.

2.3 Nominations for Grant
(a) To be eligible to submit a nomination for the Grant, the nominator must be an ACEM Fellow or trainee who:

(i) has developed linkages with the nominee

(ii) is willing to accept responsibility for arranging a suitable program for the nominee (in liaison with the Indigenous Health Subcommittee Administrator), and

(iii) must attend the ACEM ASM or Winter Symposium and be willing to act as a personal host for the nominee

(iv) is of good standing with the College

2.4 Selection Criteria
(a) The nominee will be selected according to the following criteria:

(i) demonstrated interest in emergency medicine practice and/or research

(ii) demonstrated leadership qualities in their field of endeavour

(iii) current engagement in an area of work or study that will benefit from the opportunities and learning experiences to be gained at the ASM or Winter Symposium

(b) It is also preferable that:

(i) the nominee is a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA), Lowitja Institute Research Foundation, Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME), Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa - Māori Medical Practitioners Association (Te ORA), or equivalent organisation

(ii) the nominee has no previous record of attendance at any major emergency medicine conference(s)

2.5 Nominations
Eligible persons interested in making a nomination for the Grant should complete the appropriate nomination form and submit it, together with the documentation specified therein, to the ACEM Foundation within the advertised timeframe.

2.6 Selection Process
A panel of three (3) or more assessors convened by the Indigenous Health Subcommittee shall adjudicate the nominations and recommend to the ACEM Foundation recipients for the Grant(s), based on the selection criteria outlined in 2.4 of this policy.

The ACEM Foundation shall determine the recipient(s) of the Grant(s). At its discretion, the ACEM Foundation may choose not to award a Grant(s) if it sees fit.

The decision of the ACEM Foundation will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
All parts of the selection process must be conducted in accordance with the College Conflict of Interest Policy.

2.7 Acknowledgment of the Grant
The recipient(s) are presented with a certificate acknowledging of the Grant at the College Ceremony, held in the year the Grant is made.

2.8 Grant Obligations
(a) The host shall:

(i) be responsible for arranging a suitable program for the Grant recipient (in liaison with the Indigenous Health Subcommittee Administrator)

(ii) attend the Annual Scientific Meeting or the Winter Symposium in the year of the grant

2.9 Reporting Obligations
(a) The Grant recipient shall provide a one-page report detailing their experience to the ACEM Foundation within 30 days of attending the ASM or Winter Symposium.

(b) The Indigenous Health Subcommittee Administrator shall provide a report detailing the expenditure charged to the Grant to the ACEM Foundation within 30 days of attending the ASM or Winter Symposium.

3. ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS
• AP418 ACEM Foundation Conference Grant Policy
• AP419 ACEM Foundation Conference Grant nomination form
• AP506 ACEM Foundation Conference Grant scoresheet
COR139 Conflict of Interest Policy

4. DOCUMENT REVIEW
Timeframe for review: every two (2) years, or earlier if required.

4.1 Responsibilities
Document authorisation: ACEM Foundation
Document implementation: Indigenous Health Subcommittee
Document maintenance: ACEM Foundation & Faculties Coordinator
ACEM Foundation Conference Grant
Year Awarded to
2016 Maximilian Raos
2015 Michael Sutton
Read his report here