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IAHA Student Stuff in September 2014
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Message from Nathan Canuto -
What Being on the SRC Means to Me...

My name is Nathan Canuto and I am studying a bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) degree at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.  In 2014 I applied for and was successfully selected onto the Student Representative Committee (SRC) for Indigenous Allied Health Australia.

Being on the SRC has been an awesome experience and one that has enabled me to work towards developing better support processes and outcomes for indigenous students in allied health degrees.  The role has also allowed me to develop personally and professionally with regards to my communication, leadership and thinking skills, as well as my knowledge of real world indigenous health and student issues.

Furthermore, being on the SRC has enabled me to develop relationships with other indigenous allied health students and other indigenous professionals currently working in allied health professions.  Meeting likeminded people has proven extremely inspiring to my studies and I believe it will be invaluable when it comes time to join the workforce after my degree, as the indigenous allied health community seems very well connected.

I would highly recommend all indigenous allied health students apply for a position on the SRC as it represents an awesome opportunity to make a positive difference to the future of indigenous allied health in Australia as well as an opportunity to develop personally and professionally.

Meet New People as You Learn together!

Come join us in November for the 2014 IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC). Contact IAHA now if you would like us to talk to your Uni about supporting you to come along.



“The Health Fusion Challenge involved working through a case and encompassed multidisciplinary skills, communication and team work skills that should be displayed in the work force.  It was a great bonding and personal development exercise that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.” - 2013 HFTC participant

“…participation in the Indigenous Health Fusion team was a key highlight. It was greatly beneficial and gave great insight into the importance of inter-professional care and management when treating patients.” - 2013 HFTC participant

Click here to be part of the 2014 IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge.

Uni Survival Tips


Marika Cox, a Wilyakali woman and recent psychology graduate, shares her challenges and solutions for getting through Uni…

Click her
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“The most challenging thing for me about studying at Uni was not having a lot of Indigenous students to study with.  It would have been nice to share ideas with fellow Indigenous students. When I started my Uni degree, there weren’t a lot of us that stuck it out over the four years. I ended up going over to mainstream. I think in retrospect this was good because I think I excelled and was challenged to my full potential. It unlocked a lot of my thirst for knowledge. Try not to be too scared if you have to go over to mainstream in any courses  – not only can we learn more, but I think mainstream can have an opportunity to learn about our culture too. I liked how everyone was open and curious about my culture and most of my assessments, I could write about with an Indigenous tone.” 

“So there is always a positive when it comes to crossing over to mainstream – just try not to let it daunt you. Once I settled in a little, I started viewing it as an opportunity to help ‘bridge the gap’ between ‘us’ and ‘them’ and I was happy I was provided that opportunity and responsibility to represent our culture. In addition to this challenge, another one that stands out for me was that I had to travel interstate to participate in my study blocks (usually a week at a time). Being away from my family was hard. But I got through it by exercising, eating right, sleeping well and organising and prioritising the pile of assessments I needed to get through!! Speaking of assessments, you learn really quickly about organisation and time management skills, as the workload is heavy at times.” 

Are you looking for a Mentor?



Check out the IAHA mentoring database here. With a choice of over 50 mentors with all sorts of incredible experience, skills and knowledge, you are sure to find someone who can provide you with the guidance you're looking for. You can look at their attributes, choose one that suits your needs and then fill in the online form. IAHA will then contact the Mentor for you and set up the introductions. 

Apply for $10,000 Scholarship Now!

SARRAH welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for their Undergraduate (Entry-Level) Scholarships, which are NOW OPEN! Click here to apply.

Join Our Student Facebook Group

Click here to join the new IAHA Student Network group on Facebook. This closed Facebook group is for IAHA student members to connect, support each other and share information that will assist them in their student/professional journeys. 

Save the Date: Leadership Workshop Feb 2015

IAHA is holding a three day Leadership Workshop in Alice Springs in the third week of February in 2015. Exact dates and further information will be available soon.

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer 

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