Welcome to the IAHA Newsletter March 2017
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CTG: IAHA and AHPA Re-Sign Statement of Intent 

In recognition of Close the Gap (CTG) Day 2017, Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and (AHPA), the peak body representing and advocating for the role of allied health professions, and its member and friend organisations, re-committed to a Statement of Intent to work together to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by year 2030. Read full media release here.

We were also pleased to have worked with our student membership who held IAHA stalls at their University's Close the Gap Day Event. Click here to see some great photos taken on the day. 

Media Release – Building on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strengths, CTG Progress and Priorities Report Released

“We need coordinated action that is led and delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations in order to close the health and wellbeing gap,” said Ms Donna Murray, IAHA Chief Executive Officer. “The Redfern Statement clearly calls for action and this report again reaffirms the need for renewed approaches to engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”  Read full media release here.

Click here to download a copy of the report.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2017 IAHA National Conference, 27 - 29 November 2017

The 2017 Indigenous Allied Health Australia National Conference is an inclusive meeting place which is built on the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and allied health workforce and fosters collaboration and connection.

We invite you to join us as we explore this year’s theme CARE, CULTURES AND CONNECTION.

ABSTRACTS OPEN 1 MAY 2017

REGISTRATIONS OPEN 1 JULY 2017


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Universities Australia release Indigenous Strategy 2017- 2020

Australia’s universities have unveiled new targets to lift the university enrollment and completion rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. universities will seek to grow the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in university by 50 per cent above the growth rate of non-Indigenous students.

IAHA welcomes this strategy and looks forward to collaborating with Universities Australia to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health students to successfully complete their degrees and transition into the allied health workforce.

 Read more...

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IAHA Visits Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health

IAHA workforce development officer recently visited the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University (MICRRH). IAHA and MICRRH signed a Collaboration Agreement in November 2016, which has an overarching goal to “increase the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce in remote and regional QLD and Northern Australia to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”. Read more...

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Thank You and Best Wishes Anna!

It is bittersweet that we farewell Anna Leditschke who will be pursuing a fantastic opportunity in Adelaide, SA. Anna has been a valued member of the IAHA family for the past four years and has been instrumental in her role as Policy and Workforce Development Manager.

We thank you for all the hard work, the time and energy that you have contributed to IAHA and our membership.You will be missed but we are very excited for you and your future journey. - IAHA Team

IAHA talks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce development and leadership at Stepping Up Forum

IAHA attended the NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs 2017 Stepping Up Forum held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney. IAHA Chairperson Nicole Turner attended as master of ceremonies. IAHA CEO Donna Murray presented on the importance of supporting the current and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce. Read more...
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Now Open: My Life, My Lead – Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) Consultation 2017

The Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG) Consultation 2017 provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and leaders, government and the non-government and private sector to help shape the next Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

The online submission will close 11.59 pm Sunday 30 April 2017.​ Click here for more information. 

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Applications for IAHA Bursaries are NOW OPEN!

Click here to find out more or apply.

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 26 allied health professions and non-Indigenous professionals to value add to existing supports and encourage development within the 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! 

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Other Health News

New resources launched to help broach end of life discussions

IAHA attended the launch of the Dying to Talk resources by Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt at Parliament House. Read more...

NHMRC Annual Symposium on Research Translation Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited on the symposium theme “The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change”  Read more...


Save the Date: CATSINaM Professional Development Forum

CATSINaMs Annual Professional Development Conference to be held at the Sofitel Broadbeach on the Gold Coast from 10th – 12th October 2017. Read more...


Nominations Open 2017 HESTA Primary Health Care Awards

The search for the nation’s best primary health care professionals has begun with nominations now open for the 2017 HESTA Primary Health Care Awards.  Read more...

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NDIA Release Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy

The NDIA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy details an approach to support involvement and build trust with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. Read more...

2017 NAIDOC Grants Now Open

The Government has announced $1.4 million grant round is now open for applications. The aim of the grant is to support NAIDOC week activities this July. NAIDOC celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and society.  Read more...


Save the Date: 2017 AIDA National Conference

The AIDA National Conference will take place from 20 - 23 September 2017 in Pokolbin, NSW. The conference will be an opportunity to bring together our members, guests, speakers and partners from across the sector to share in our reflections on the past and considerations for the future. Read more...


 

Scholarships and Grants

CLOSING TODAY: RFDS 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarships

IAHA will administer the $10,000 allied health-specific scholarship funding pool to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health students who are IAHA full student members to undertake a remote or rural clinical placement of at least four weeks’ duration. Read more...

Roberta Sykes Scholarship

The Roberta Sykes Scholarship provides supplementary financial assistance to Indigenous postgraduate students who wish to undertake studies at recognised overseas universities. Read more...

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ADAF Study Grants for Indigenous Dental Hygienist and Oral Health Therapy Students

The Australian Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) is offering up to 5 study grants to students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background who are undertaking a course of study that will lead to registration as a Dental Hygienist or Oral Health Therapist. Read more...

Check out more opportunities at the IAHA Scholarships page here.

 

Important Dates & Events

11 April 2017 - Policies for Health Equity Symposium, Adelaide, SA

26 - 29 April 2017 - National Rural Health Conference, Cairns, QLD

30 April 2017 - My Life, My Lead IPAG Consultation Closes 

1 May 2017 - Accreditations System Review Closes

26 May 2017 - National Sorry Day

27 May – 3 June 2017 - National Reconciliation Week

2 – 9 July 2017 - National NAIDOC Week

4 August 2017 - National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

 
7–9 August 2017 - 2017 PHC Research Conference, Brisbane, QLD

9 August 2017 - International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

20 - 23 September 2017 - 2017 AIDA National Conference, Pokolbin, NSW

10 - 12 October 2017 - 2017 CATSINaM Professional Development Forum, Gold Coast, QLD. 

1-3 November 201710th Health Services and Policy Research Conference

14 - 15 November 2017 - 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation, Brisbane, QLD. 

27 - 30 November 2017 - IAHA National Conference, Perth, WA
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.

Physiotherapist - Anglicare Southern Queensland – Brisbane & Gold Coast, QLD – click here for further details - Applications close: 07 April 2017

Musculoskeletal/Generalist Physiotherapist – The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health - South East Queensland – click here for further details. Applications close: 10 April 2017

Senior Eye Health Officer– The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health - South East Queensland – click here for further details. Applications close: 10 April 2017

Graduate Dentist – The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health - South East Queensland – click here for further details. Applications close: 11 April 2017

Allied Health Clinical Lead, Nutrition and Dietetics- James Cook University – Mount Isa, QLD – click here for further details. Applications close: 09 April 2017

Allied Health Clinical Lead, Occupational Therapy - James Cook University – Mount Isa, QLD – click here for further details. Applications close: 09 April 2017

Orthoptist - Visability– Perth, WA – click here for further details - Applications close 20 April 2017.

Healing & Wellbeing Counsellors – Save the Children -  Multiple locations in Regional Queensland – click here for further details. - Applications close 11 April 2017

Youth (Social) Worker - Kalumburu Aboriginal Corporation– Kalumburu, WA – click here for further details - ASAP

Bringing them Home Counsellor - Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation – Sydney, NSW – click here for further details - Applications close 07 April 2017

Dentist – Remote Area Health Corps -Northern Territory – click here for further details – Ongoing

Dental Therapists – Remote Area Health Corps - Northern Territory – click here for further details – Ongoing

Dental Assistants – Remote Area Health Corps - Northern Territory – click here for further details – Ongoing

Audiologist – Remote Area Health Corps - Northern Territory – click here for further details – Ongoing

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.

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