Welcome to the September 2013 IAHA Newsletter.
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IAHA Newsletter
September 2013
  1. CEO's Message
  2. Conference Update
  3. Indigenous Allied Health Awards
  4. HealthFusion Team Challenge
  5. Australian Smoking Cessation Conference 2013

CEO's Message

I am very pleased that we can now introduce our conference international keynote speakers Mr Joe Gallagher and Ms Jessica Black, who will complement a strong line-up of local leaders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as keynote speakers.
In addition to our national conference, IAHA will be holding its 1st Annual General Meeting (AGM) and members forum as a company on Thursday 28 November 2013 in Adelaide. We welcome all Full and Associate members to attend the AGM and have a say in the future direction of IAHA Ltd.
Elections for the Board of Directors will be held at the AGM this year and information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks about the nomination and election process.


Craig Dukes
September 2013

Conference Update

HURRY! Early Bird Registrations Close 13 September. Click here to register.

International Keynote Speakers

There are marked similarities and differences between Indigenous nations of the world and in order to build and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce, it is important to examine lessons learned from an international perspective.

IAHA is very pleased to announce the following international keynote speakers at it’s national conference in November 2013:

Joe Gallagher â€“
Chief Executive Officer for the First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia.

Joe Gallagher is of Sliammon First Nation ancestry and serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia.

Involved since the beginning, Joe provides senior-level coordination and leadership to the implementation of tripartite and bilateral health plans and agreements including the establishment of a new province-wide governance structure for health services for BC First Nations peoples. His role includes the negotiation and implementation of the transfer of regional operations of First Nations & Inuit Health Branch – BC Region to the First Nations Health Authority. This includes the planning and organizational development of the First Nations Health Authority; the first of its kind in Canada.
Jessica Black â€“
Alaska Native PhD student in social work

Jessica Black is Gwich’in Athabascan from the village of Fort Yukon, Alaska.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at Washington University in St. Louis and also works as a consultant for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments in Fort Yukon, Alaska.  Jessica’s dissertation, the basis of her keynote presentation, focuses on the intersection between tribal members’ participation in governance and its relationship to well-being, both at the individual and community level.  
In addition to these international speakers, the conference will also feature Dr Tom Calma 
National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking; Mick Gooda â€“ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice CommissionerMs Kirstie Parker â€“ Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia’s First Nations; Prof. Pat Dudgeon â€“ National Mental Health Commissioner;  Dr Ngaire Brown â€“ NACCHO Public Health Medical officer; Mr David Butt – Chief Allied Health Officer

Click here to check out the draft Conference Program.

Recognising the contribution of IAHA members to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Click here to nominate or find out more information.

2013 IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge
Are you an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student in your 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of an allied health course?

Click here to find out more and register for this unique event.
Want to be a Pharmacist? Scholarships available!!
There is a need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacists in order to meet the healthcare needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. You can make a real difference by choosing a career as a pharmacist and this scholarship can help you achieve you career aspirations. So if you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person either already enrolled or wanting to study pharmacy, click here to find out more.
Australian Smoking Cessation Conference 2013

IAHA Member Support Available

The Australian Smoking Cessation Conference 2013 will be held from 6-8 November and is only 2 months away. Contact IAHA now if you are interested as we would like to support the attendance of two IAHA members.
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