Support for Indigenous medical students is a high priority of the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP).
The Indigenous Transition Pathways (ITP) to Medicine team aim to make a difference to the lives of medical students through a ‘personal contact' approach. This is achieved by providing mentoring, fostering cultural safety and forming partnerships with key Indigenous individuals and organisations.
The ITP team fosters an environment of social inclusion that enables staff and students to get to know our families and communities through participation in culturally significant occasions and celebrations.
Indigenous academics, tutors, administrators, ‘Elders on Campus’ and reference group members work together to provide a culturally affirming place where students feel safe and their cultural identity is supported and respected.
Flinders staff in the NT provide cross-cultural education specific to each location. ITP staff play an important role in providing cultural awareness training for short placement students who have the opportunity to visit a remote community.
The NTMP acknowledges that our teaching sites across the Northern Territory are situated on Larrakia land (Darwin), Jawoyn land (Katherine), Arrernte land (Alice Springs) and Yolngu land (Nhulunbuy).
The Elders on Campus provide cultural support for Indigenous students and staff of the NTMP.
The Elders play a vital role in creating a culturally-affirming university environment, one that responds to and reflects the traditions, values and experiences of students. The Elders link students, staff, families and community to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and traditions and bring an enhanced local perspective to the school.
The over-arching benefit of the involvement of our Elders is that Indigenous students see themselves and their cultural heritage reflected and respected within the NTMP.
The presence of Elders on Campus also reflects the mainstream community in which Flinders NT operates and provides support for non-indigenous students during their journey to maturity in cultural awareness and safety.
The Indigenous Transition Pathways to Medicine Unit offers a range of support services for students including: