Welcome to the IAHA Newsletter.June 2016
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Election 2016 | Our Stories | Don't miss out! IAHA National Forum and Awards 2016 | Important Dates & Events | Other Health News | 

Election 2016

A Vote for Remote and Rural Health is a Vote for Health Equality

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is calling on major parties and their candidates to increase investment in remote and rural allied health services this election.

The current level of remote and rural healthcare spending is inadequate to equitably meet the essential allied healthcare needs of those living in remote and rural areas.

As stated by the National Rural Health Alliance, there is currently a $2 billion deficit in rural and remote healthcare spending which includes a collective $1.45 billion deficit in allied health services when including dental and pharmacy. Read More...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders call for new relationship with Federal Government

On the 24th of June 2016 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations met to map out the first steps towards a new relationship between Australia’s First Peoples and the Federal Government.

Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples says, “Regardless of who forms government after 2 July, we see the next Parliament as an opportunity to reset our relationship with the Federal Government.” Read more...

Redfern Statement Calls on Government to take Action on Aboriginal and Torres Strati Islander Health Priorities

On the 9th of June 2016, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations came together to launch The Redfern Statement. As a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation, IAHA is a signatory to this statement and fully supports it's call for all parties to tackle inequality and disadvantage facing Australia’s First People as a federal election priority.

In the area of health, the alliance calls on all parties to recommit to Closing the Gap in order to achieve health equality in this generation. The alliance views funding the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (2013–2023), a policy developed through best-practice community consultation, as a priority. Read more...

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Croaky - HealthElection16 scorecards: assessing what’s good, bad, and missing in action

Most of the major policy announcements appear to have been made ahead of the 2 July federal poll, even though the Coalition won’t officially ‘launch’ its campaign until next Sunday (will leave that thorny issue for another day). Read more...

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Our Stories


Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles sessions a hit a Barunga Festival

For the second consecutive year Indigenous Allied Health Australia attended the Barunga Festival to promote allied health careers and healthy lifestyles over the course of the four-day-long event. The Barunga Festival, held 10 – 13 June 2016 and now in its 31st year, celebrates music, sport and culture and is held in the small community of Barunga, 80kms from Katherine in the NT. More recently, the festival has been promoting health foods and is a smoke free event.

Joining IAHA staff member Kylie Stothers was Kamilaroi woman, IAHA Board Director and nutritionist Nicole Turner, who has over 20 years working in health, who was on hand to lead a number of fun and interactive nutrition and healthy lifestyle sessions and over 200 children participated over the duration of the festival. The sessions provided a fun space for children and adults to learn more about nutrition. Read More...

Dameyon Bonson Wins Human Rights Award

A big congratulations to IAHA member Dameyon Bonson, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay male based in the Kimberly, who was awarded the Dr. Yunupingu Award for Human Rights at the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards on 9 June 2016.  The Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights is awarded to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples who have made a significant contribution towards the advancement of human rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Read more...

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Don't miss out! 

Registration for the IAHA National Forum and Awards Open 1 July 2016

The IAHA 2016 National Forum and Awards will be held in Canberra, ACT from the 29 November - 1 December 2016.

The IAHA National Forum offers great professional development workshops for allied health graduates, students and the wider health workforce. The purpose of the IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards is to recognise the contribution of IAHA members to their profession and/or improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Registrations and nominations will open on 1 July 2016. More information to follow. 

To download a flyer click here

Please note we understand there has been some confusion about our National Forum and an international Indigenous allied health conference which will take place in 2016. The IAHA 2016 National Forum is the only major event we will hold this year.

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Important Dates & Events

3-10 July 2016 - NAIDOC Week

20-22 July 2016 - Are you Remotely Interested...? Conference, Mount Isa, QLD

13-14 October 2016Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal Health Conference, Shepparton, VIC

19-20th October 2016 -The 2016 Alan Walker Child Health Lecture Series “Improving Indigenous Child Health: What works and what’s new”, Darwin, NT
11-14 October 2016 - 4th National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Conference, Adelaide, SA
16–17 October 2016 - 6th Global Forum on Health PromotionCanada

3-4 November 2016 - 2016 Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Kingscliff, NSW

8-10 November 2016 - Lowitja International Health and Wellbeing Conference, Melbourne

27-29 November - IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge, Canberra, ACT 

29 November-1 December 2016 - IAHA National Forum and Awards, Canberra, ACT
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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Other Health News

Think about Remote and Rural Health When You Vote



Call for Abstracts: Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal Health Conference

The Ngar-Wu Wanyarra Aboriginal Health Conference will be hosted by the Department of Rural Health of  The University of Melbourne from the 13th – 14th October 2016. Abstract submissions are now being invited that address Aboriginal health and well being. Closing date for abstract submission is Friday 22nd July 2016 Read more...

Decrease in neural tube defects since folic acid added to bread

The introduction of the mandatory fortification has resulted in improved health outcomes, particularly for teenagers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 'For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, the rate of NTDs decreased by 74%, which is a very positive outcome,' said AIHW spokesperson Ms Ann Hunt. Read more...
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HealthInfoNet launch online Chronic Disease Workforce portal 

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched a new online portal for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease workforce. The portal provides access to health promotion resources, health practitioner tools and information about programs that promote healthy lifestyles and chronic disease management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There are five yarning places dedicated to specific chronic condition health topics which allow those working in each area to share ideas and information and are free to join. Read more...

Call for Abstracts: 2016 Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

The 2016 Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held at Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, NSW from 3 – 4 November 2016. An optional half day of workshops will be held on Wednesday 2 November 2016Read More...

Applications Open: UQ Poche Centre Indigenous Health RHD Scholarships

Applications are open for the UQ Poche Centre Indigenous Health RHD Scholarships valued at $50,000. This award includes a living scholarship of $45,000 alongside $5,000 in research support per annum. Read more...
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