Indigenous Careers in Emergency Medicine

ACEM acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the Traditional Owners of the original nations now known as Australia and Māori as the tangata whenua (original people of the land) of Aotearoa (New Zealand). ACEM acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which our offices are situated.

Interested in a career in emergency medicine?

ACEM encourages Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori medical students and graduates to consider a career in emergency medicine. ACEM supports increasing the numbers of Indigenous specialists as well as providing educational, professional development and advocacy in order to contribute to improving health outcomes for Indigenous patients in Australia and Aotearoa - New Zealand.

Tailored support for Indigenous members

There are many benefits to letting ACEM know that you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or Māori doctor. ACEM can provide tailored support to assist you through your training and Fellowship.

Update your Indigenous heritage status on your member profile

ACEM is committed to the recommendations of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Specialist Framework Recommendations including the standardised collection of data on the Indigenous status of the College’s membership.

Please note: your membership information is confidential and is managed according to ACEM's privacy policy.

The Joseph Epstein Scholarship

The Joseph Epstein Scholarship is available for all Advanced Trainees who are Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori and includes annual registration fees until the trainee becomes a Fellow and the cost of one sitting on the of the Fellowship Exam. Learn more


Research shows that having a mentor supports the achievement of personal and professional goals and improves motivation, engagement and work performance. For mentors, it presents an opportunity to share professional and personal skills and experience.

If you are a trainee, ACEM can work with you to identify a professional mentor to assist you throughout your training program. Your mentor will be provided with support for mentoring an Indigenous trainee. 

ACEM also encourages Indigenous Fellows to express their interest in becoming a mentor.

Learn more about mentoring at ACEM

Contact the Chair of the Indigenous Health Sub-Committee if you would like to discuss your mentoring needs.

Indigenous Health Sub-Committee

The Indigenous Health Sub-Committee (IHSC) is responsible for providing advice to ACEM on issues concerning the care of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori patients and their families / whānau. This includes the development of policies relevant to Indigenous healthcare and cultural competency, the promotion of Indigenous health education and professional development, and advocacy relating to the cultural safety of Australasian emergency departments. The IHSC is also committed to increasing Indigenous representation within ACEM and supporting Indigenous members. 

The IHSC is a sub-committee of ACEM's Public Health Committee and membership is open to all members of ACEM.

Indigenous Health and Cultural Competency Resources

ACEM has a range of education resources and initiatives to support EM doctors and other staff and emergency departments to implement change in their clinical practice and systems in order to improve outcomes for Indigenous patients.

Professional Organisations

The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the pursuit of leadership, partnership & scholarship in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, education and workforce. AIDA advocates for improvements in Indigenous health in Australia and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work in medicine by supporting Indigenous students and doctors.

The Māori Medical Practitioners Association, Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) aims to advance Māori health by increasing the Māori medical workforce and providing a supportive network for Te ORA members.  Te Ora's vision is to provide Māori medical leadership to the health sector to effect Māori health development. Te ORA supports all efforts by its members to improve the health of Māori.


Contact the Indigenous Health and Cultural Competency team to learn more about the educational work ACEM is doing in Indigenous Health. 

Contact the Chair of the Indigenous Health Sub-Committee for professional opportunities or to discuss ACEMs advocacy and policy work in this area.

Contact ACEMs training team for any queries about emergency medicine training.