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IAHA Newsletter
July 2013
  1. CEO's Message
  2. 2013 Indigenous Allied Health Awards
  3. Conference Update
  4. IAHA Student Workshop
  5. Indigenous Scholarships
  6. IAHA General Meeting
  7. National Primary Health Care Conference
  8. Be Strong (TV Program)
  9. 10th National Allied Health Conference

CEO's Message

We are pleased to announce that IAHA has secured a further 2 years funding through the Department of Health and Ageing. This is great news for our membership and the future of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce.  It gives us a sustainable foundation upon which we base our work.
The Board of Directors recently approved the development of an IAHA Student Representative Body. In order to progress this, a student workshop will be held in August to provide a forum for building skills and knowledge and engaging with students around effective support initiatives. We look forward to strengthening the voice of our student members and building their capacity to participate in the governance of IAHA through the Student Director position.
The Board recognises the commitment of our membership to the allied health sector and is proud to host our first annual IAHA national awards in conjunction with our conference dinner this year in Adelaide. So if you know someone who is doing exceptional work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health, think about nominating them now.
We look forward to talking with as many members as possible at the upcoming IAHA General Meeting on 26 July 2013.

Craig Dukes
July 2013

IAHA General Meeting 26 July 2013

All IAHA members are invited to participate in a general meeting of Indigenous Allied Health Australia Ltd to be held on 26 July 2013 at 11:30 am AEST, 11:00 am SA and NT time, and 9:30 am WA time in Wagga Wagga, with interstate members attending by videoconference or teleconference.
IAHA Members can log in to the Members Only section of the website by using your email address as your user name, and the automatically generated password you were issued early this year to find out more and access the meeting papers.

2013 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards


The purpose of the Indigenous Allied Health Awards is to recognise the contribution of IAHA members to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Indigenous Allied Health Awards will be held on 26 November 2013 at the Hilton Adelaide during the second national conference Healthy Footprints – Leading Generational Change, where winners will be announced.
There are 5 categories of Indigenous Allied Health Awards:
1. Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health Award
2. Indigenous Allied Health Student Achievement Award
3. Indigenous Allied Health Professional of the Year Award
4. Commitment to Indigenous Health Award
5. IAHA Life Time Achievement Award

For more information on the awards, including selection criteria and prizes please visit the awards page on our website.

Conference Update

Registrations & Scholarships

The draft program for the 2013 Conference is now up on our website, along with early bird registrations, scholarships, and our new pre-conference workshops.
Our exciting new program includes a student stream as well as a student HealthFusion Team Challenge, which will be the first time this event will be held exclusively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and we're looking forward to hosting this unique event.

The HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) is an extra-curricular, immersive and fun interprofessional learning experience that uses competition to motivate students studying in the health sciences to work together for improved patient outcomes.

Are you interested in being involved as a mentor or as a student? Contact us to register.
To view the draft program and other additional information for the 2013 Conference, click here.

IAHA Student Workshop August 2013 

  • Are you a current IAHA Full Student Member? If no, click here to join us, it’s free!!
  • Do you want to gain leadership and governance skills?
  • Do you want to actively participate and lead national student focused initiatives?
  • Would you like mentoring opportunities with experience Indigenous leaders?
  • Would you like opportunities for networking with students across a broad range of disciplines? 
The you may be interested in attending a two day workshop where you will build on your Leadership, and Governance skills, to better prepare you for the IAHA student representative body, in making good decision for the future.  
If you feel this workshop is for you, please just email Larry Brandy, at
larry@iaha.com.au or call (02) 62851010.

Indigenous Scholarships - Open

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS)
Allied Health Continuing Professional Development Scholarship (CPD)

This Scholarship is part of the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Support Scheme(NAHSSS) and is open to eligible Allied Health Professionals who deliver clinical services in Australia.  It supports attendance at  short courses, conferences, non award postgraduate modules  and,  clinical placements. 
CRANAplus Undergraduate Scholarships
Each year CRANAplus offers a total of six scholarships. These scholarships provide financial assistance of up to $1000 per applicant, per remote placement. They can be applied to the cost of fares, accommodation and other incidental costs incurred by a student undertaking an undergraduate placement in a remote area of Australia and its external Territories.

National Primary Health Care Conference 2013

13 - 15 November 2013, Gold Coast

Early bird registrations are now open!
The NPHC Conference provides an exceptional opportunity for the primary health care community to discuss pivotal issues about the future of primary health care and to learn from the experience, opinions and perspectives of industry leaders.

Click here for more information.

Be Strong: Tackling Smoking and Supporting Healthy Lifestyles

‘Be Strong’ is a series of TV programs directed at tackling smoking and promoting healthy lifestyles in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. 

Download a poster to hang in your workplace (click for WA, click for SA & NT, click for NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT and TAS) or order some directly by emailing rhef@rhef.com.au
These half-hour programs are being broadcast on the Rural Health Channel on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 2pm. Programs will be repeated at various times so check the
RHC TV Guide. Programs are also available to view online www.rhef.com.au/be-strong.

10th National Allied Health Conference
Department of Health and Ageing Delegate Scholarships

Scholarships have been made available through the Department of Health & Ageing to assist five Allied Health professionals from rural & remote Australia to attend the 10th National Allied Health Conference 16-18 October 2013, to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland.

Submit your interest by emailing
 by Monday 15th July 2013 including in your email an overview of your current position, your interest in the conference and your geographical location.
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