The AOA AIDA ASM Bursary Program

The AOA has created an ASM bursary for Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) members to encourage and facilitate attendance at AOA's flagship national annual scientific meeting (ASM) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors, particularly those with an interest in orthopaedics. 

The 84th AOA Annual Scientific Meeting, with theme 'Making data the solution', will take place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 17 October 2024.

Two AIDA bursaries will provide full registration (four days) to the ASM, including the social cocktail function, open to all AIDA members.

About AIDA

AIDA is a not-for-profit, member-based, professional association supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors. 

'Our purpose is to contribute to equitable health and life outcomes and the cultural wellbeing of Indigenous people. We do this by working towards reaching population parity of Indigenous medical students and doctors, and supporting a culturally safe healthcare system'. Find out more on the AIDA website

What's included?

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend:

What's covered?

The bursary will cover the full costs of the conference registration, including social functions – an approximate value of $320-$3,200 depending on the recipient's career stage.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants who are part-time or full-time employment capacity or medical studies
  • Applicants who may be on parental leave
  • Applicants who have not received any other AOA bursaries or prizes in the last two years.
Applicants are asked to provide brief supporting detail on their interest in the ASM and how their attendance will benefit them and their practice or career. 

Application and selection

Applicants who meet all of the eligibility criteria are welcome to apply.

Applications should be submitted via the online form below by 1 July 2024.

Download the AOA AIDA Bursary Application form.

Allocation of bursaries will be undertaken by a conference bursary panel based on the following key factors:

  • eligibility criteria
  • application response/input
  • the aim to support emerging Indigenous doctors from various geographical areas and career stages.

Applicants are advised to discuss their attendance at the conference with their relevant employers and supervisors.

Applicants can expect notification about the outcome of their application by 31 July 2024. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the results.

It is not possible to provide feedback on applications, and no correspondence regarding decisions on applications will be entered into.
If you have any questions related to the 2024 AIDA ASM Bursary Program, please contact