IAHA Student Stuff in August 2014
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Message from the IAHA Student Representative Committee (SRC)
Hi there and welcome to the August 2014 IAHA Student Newsletter. 
My name is Sophie L’Estrange and I have been elected as chair of the IAHA Student Representative Committee (SRC). I’m a girl of Kalkadoon heritage who was born and raised in Wiradjuri country. I’m currently in my second year of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. I have always been taught by my mother to be proud of my Aboriginality and to have big aspirations. I love to travel and I enjoy social sport such as netball and touch football and I’m very passionate about Indigenous health.
Joining me on the SRC are Brenda McDermott (social work) and Nathan Canuto (psychology) and Di Bakon (occupational therapy). We held our first SRC meeting and training (face to face) in Canberra in May 2014 and followed up with a teleconference in July 2014. We really want to help IAHA to support our student members in the best way possible and would love to hear from you about how we can do this. I can be contacted on if you would like to get in contact with me directly.
All SRC members can also be contacted via the IAHA Student Facebook page, which we requested for IAHA student members so that we can easily connect, support each other and share information about our student/professional journeys. Click here to join us now.
I’m really excited about the 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge which IAHA is running just for us students in November 2014!! I’ve seen the photos and heard stories about last years’ HFTC and I can’t wait!!  There are scholarships for travel and accommodation etc to help you get to it and to also attend the IAHA 2014 National Forum and AGM - but you'll need to apply soon!

Hope your exams & assignments went well last semester and you’re looking forward to a fantastic second semester!

IAHA 2014 Professional Development Scholarships

  1. 2014 IAHA National Forum Scholarship – Closes 15 August 2014 – A limited number of scholarships are available for IAHA members to attend the 2014 IAHA National Forum – apply online here.
  2. IAHA Indigenous Leadership Scholarship – Closes 15 August 2014 – IAHA is offering the opportunity for 6 full members to attend the Indigenous Leadership & Governance Foundation Program. This two-day, non-accredited Program is tailored specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, providing a valuable grounding in practical knowledge and skills required by organisational leaders. Apply online here.
  3. IAHA Professional Development Scholarship to attend SARRAH Conference – IAHA is offering the opportunity for 2 members to attend the 2014 SARRAH Conference in Kingscliff, NSW from 17-20 September 2014. Apply online here to express your interest.

Want a fun & challenging interdisciplinary experience?

Then think about joining our 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC)... Its a fun but challenging 2 day event where students from different health disciplines work together in teams to plan the best care for a complex client.
Email us if you want to know more or join our HFTC for 2014... 

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. 

Double Congratulations to Stevie Raymond

A big congratulations to Stevie Raymond, an IAHA full member, who graduated from her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics on Wednesday 23 July 2014 and was also accepted to present at the Fourth International Critical Dietetics Conference in Chicago, USA next month. Her presentation is based on her personal journey and will examine the challenges associated with Indigenous people becoming Dietitians and aims to bring these issues to other professionals’ agendas and lead the way for change. Well Done Stevie!!!

Nathan Canuto - Top End NAIDOC Scholar of the Year

The Northern Territory held its annual Top End NAIDOC Ball and Awards night at Darwin’s Sky Casino on Saturday the 12th of July.  Among those receiving awards on the evening was IAHA’s Student Representative Committee member Nathan Canuto.  Nathan was awarded the ‘Top End NAIDOC Scholar of the Year’ with a current course grade point average of 6.75 out of a possible 7. 

Nathan is a Torres Strait Islander student studying his final year of a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) degree at Charles Darwin University.  Nathan attributes the success he has experienced within his degree to hard work, focus, and determination and through the support of the Indigenous Support Unit at Charles Darwin University. 

Upon completion of his degree, Nathan aspires to work with Indigenous youth, in a regional or remote setting, and within the fields of health or education.

Ever thought of working in health but not sure how to get there?

If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and have an undergraduate degree or are about to finish one, join the University of Melbourne at their Health Sciences Indigenous student open day to find out how.

Click here to find out more.

Scholarship Opportunities Available Now!

CRANAplus is offering a number of Undergraduate scholarships. The Roberta Sykes Scholarship is also available now with value of up to $30,000 for the period of one year! For those studying or wanting to study Pharmacy check out this great scholarship opportunity from 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”  - Colin Powell

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