Welcome to the IAHA Newsletter November/December 2016
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Indigenous Allied Health Australia would like to wish our valued members, partners and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

This year has been very busy for the IAHA team welcoming many new members and friends to the IAHA family. We wrapped up a successful National Forum in Canberra recently, celebrating the great achievements of the 2016 Indigenous Allied Health awardees and held our members forum and AGM.

We would like to thank you for your support which has made 2016 a great year, and look forward to continuing to build and work together in the new year. The IAHA office will be closed from 12pm 23 December 2016 and reopen on the 3 January 2017.

Have a happy and safe holidays.

Welcome IAHA's New Board

At the IAHA Annual General Meeting held on the 2nd December 2016 the board for 2017 was decided with three new members and two re-elected members voted in by members. The Graduate Directors elected and re-elected included Matthew West (Podiatry), Danielle Dries (Physiotherapy), Faye McMillan (Pharmacy) and Trevor Ritchie (Occupational Therapy) and a new Student Director, Tracy Hardy also joins the Board for 2017. Current board member Nicole Turner was elected as Chairperson with Trevor Ritchie as Deputy Chairperson. Read more...

New IAHA Constitution

At the 2016 IAHA Annual General Meeting, IAHA endorsed a new consitution. To view the new constitution please see IAHA's membership page here.

2017 Student Representative Committee Announced

IAHA is pleased to announce the IAHA 2017 Student Representative Committee (SRC)* has been finalised. We recieved a great number of fantastic applications and would like to extend our gratitude to all those who applied. IAHA is keen to build on the fantastic work of the 2016 SRC, and are pleased to welcome and congratulate Kirrilaa Johnstone, Will Kennedy, Lauren Hutchinson, Zoe King, Nicola Barker, Jed Fraser, Troy Crowther and Kate Thompson. Read more...

That's Wrap: 2016 National PD Forum

IAHA has held it's bienniel National Professional Development Forum for 2016 in Canberra, ACT. The forum attracted over 200 delegates and included IAHA members, academics, government representatives, stakeholders and the corporate sector. The delegates attended informative workshops, a panel discussion, attended and celebrated the IAHA National Awards at the gala dinner and were witness to the 2017 IAHA Student HealthFusion Team Challenge Final showdown.

The forum was preceeded by a workshop on embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in health curricula. The workshop was facilitated by Professor Kerry Arabena, with her delivery urging participants to look at holistic life course approaches to develop a community response to health and wellbeing.

IAHA would like to sincerely thank all our sponsors and in particular our major sponsors, ACT Health, NSW Ministry of Health, Aspen and the Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences, who supported the National Professional Development Forum, HealthFusion Team Challenge and the National Indigenous Allied Health Awards. Photos will be available on the IAHA website soon.

Winners Announced for 2016 IAHA National Allied Health Awards

In a night of fun and flare, the IAHA 2016 National Allied Health Awardees have been announced at IAHA’s annual National Allied Health Awards and Gala Dinner. This years’ awards were held in Canberra with MC Steven Oliver keeping the audience entertained with spoken word and songs. Read More...

2016 Health Fusion Team Challenge 

IAHA held its fourth annual Health Fusion Team Challenge (HFTC) in Canberra from the 27-29th November 2016.  The HFTC is a fun, interactive learning experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students designed to educate the nation’s next generation of health care professionals in collaborative client care.

Over te course of two and a half days, students worked in interprofessional teams to develop a management plan in response to a complex case study. This years’ case study focused on a client who had suffered a stroke in a regional/remote location. All teams presented their respective management plans during the heats with the two top teams, PINK and Deadly Winju going through for the final showdown at the IAHA National Professional Development Forum. Read more
Watch the IAHA HFTC Video to learn more about the IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge

IAHA Workforce Development Survey

IAHA want your help in identifying the development needs for the workforce - this survey is for present and past Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Allied Health graduates and students.

IAHA is in the process of developing a Workforce Development Strategy to assist in focusing our work and supporting our members across the allied health career pathway. Thank you for any assistance you have already provided to the development of the IAHA Workforce Development Strategy.
We would also like your ideas and suggestions to attract, recruit, support and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Allied Health professions. The Landscape Survey provided us with valuable information regarding the sector as a whole and enabled us to build this Workforce Survey for individuals.
The survey is live until Friday 3rd February 2017 and can be accessed at: https://www.research.net/r/IAHAworkforce
IAHA would greatly appreciate if you could also distribute the survey link to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Allied Health colleagues and/or members and encourage them to complete this important survey. The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete.

All information is confidential and is being undertaken by CGA Consulting on behalf of IAHA. Only deidentified aggregate data will be used in any report.
We appreciate your time and assistance as we develop this important workforce development strategy. Please feel free to contact IAHA on (02) 6285 1010.

IAHA Delivers Cultural Responsiveness Workshop in Bourke

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) successfully delivered a face to face workshop in Bourke, NSW for the NSW Outback Division of General Practice (ODGP). Read more...

IAHA Member Insights on The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference

Indigenous Allied Health Australia was pleased to offer our membership professional development opportunities to attend The Lowitija Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference in Melbourne held from the 8-10 November 2016. IAHA supported student members Celeste Brand and Kirsty Nichols, and graduate member Deborah Barney to attend the conference; these are their insight from the conference. Read more...

Are you an IAHA member? If not, join now!

The unique IAHA point of difference is that IAHA brings together and collectively supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cohorts within over 20 allied health professions and value add to existing development & supports and non-Indigenous professionals within context of improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

Click here to join now! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook too! 

Other Health News

Update: Health workforce scholarship arrangements for 2017 

The Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie has provided an update on the interim health workforce scholarship arrangements for the 2017 study year. Read more...

Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference Statement
Read full statement here

Open Now: Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship

Available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are studying a course in ATSI health work, allied health, dentistry/oral health, medicine, midwifery or nursing. Read more...

Interdisciplinary Health Practitioner Networks

Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA) and Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) are managing the pilot Interdisciplinary Health Practitioner Networks. Read more...

Consultation opens for Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Indigenous Australians

The Turnbull Government has released a consultation draft of terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians. Read more...

Partnership boosts eye resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce

Edith Cowan University’s Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has formed a partnership with The Fred Hollows Foundation to further develop and expand the eye health information on the HealthInfoNet web resource. Read more...

Medical Volunteers wanted for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

From 4–15 April 2018, Commonwealth nations and territories will come to Australia to share in the excitement of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Medical and healthcare professionals, including administrative and team support officers, are invited to volunteer their skills.  Read more...


Important Dates & Events

24 December - 3 January 2016 - IAHA Office Closed

24 December 2016 - Christmas Eve

25 December 2016 - Christmas Day
26 December 2016 - Boxing Day

1 January 2017 - New Years Day

17 March 2017 - National Close the Gap Day
Have we missed and important date or event? If so, please let us know so we can include it in the next newsletter.

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Job Opportunities

Visit the new Jobs Board on the IAHA website here to view job opportunities that arise throughout the month. Do you have a job that you would like advertised through IAHA networks? Please send through to admin@iaha.com.au.

Radiation Therapist – ROC Toowoomba, QLD- click here for further details – applications close 19 December 2016.

Clinical Lead or Charge Radiation Therapist – ROC Toowoomba, QLD –  click here for further details – applications close 19 December 2016.

Site Manager – Icon Integrated Cancer Centre, WA – click here for further details – applications 16 December 2016

Registered Nurse – Icon Integrated Cancer Centre, North Lakes – click here for further details – applications 19 December 2016

Paediatric Physiotherapist, Vision Australia, Dandenong, VIC – click here for further information – applications close 22 December 2016

Paediatric Counsellor, Vision Australia, Kooyong, VIC – click here for further information – applications close 26 December 2016

The positions listed above are for your information only. Indigenous Allied Health Australia does not seek to endorse any of the positions, organisations, material or statements contained within.

If you have any enquiries about these positions please do not contact Indigenous Allied Health Australia, but rather contact the specified organisation or person directly.

We thank our 2016 IAHA National Forum and HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) Sponsors

We would like to thank our 2016 National Forum and HFTC Sponsors: ACT Health, NSW Ministry of Health, Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences, Aspen Medical, Westpac, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, HESTA, Speech Pathology Australia, The Healing Foundation, The Lowitja Institute and Dietitians Association of Australia.
Platinum Sponsor and IAHA HFTC Co-Sponsor, ACT Health:
Welcome Event Sponsor, Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences:
IAHA HFTC Co-Sponsor, NSW Ministry of Health:
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