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Message from the CEO | IAHA 2015 Conference major sponsor announced! | What's Your Motivation? Wildcard Entry into 2015 Australian HFTC | IAHA Launches Cultural Responsiveness Framework | Out and About with IAHA in the NT | Positions Vacant at IAHA |  Policy Update | Upcoming EventsOther Health News

Message from the CEO

As you will see in this edition, we have very exciting news about securing the Fred Hollows Foundation the major sponsor for our 2015 National Conference!! We are also very proud that the winners from the IAHA 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) have been invited to compete as a wild card entry in the 2015 National HFTC in September 2015. They are so talented and prepared for this challenge and we know that they will will do exceptionally well and lead an exciting new future for IAHA.

This month the IAHA Board of Directors held a meeting  just prior to the Launch of Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework in Canberra on 6 August 2015. In order to best meet the needs of our membership, the Board decided to send out a comprehensive online member survey to assess how we are going for continuous improvement and ensure our planning into the next 12 months is relevant. Responses are rolling in and we welcome as much feedback as possible so we encourage our members to check their email inbox for the link.

Regards,
Donna Murray
Chief Executive Officer
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IAHA 2015 National Conference major sponsor announced!

IAHA is very pleased to welcome The Fred Hollows Foundation as the IAHA 2015 National Conference major sponsor and key partner as we work together to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

“We are taking a holistic approach to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is all about linking with other service providers to ensure eyes are on the agenda when health services are being delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We need to be working with others within the space and collaborating to fill the gaps on the patient journey to good health. That’s the reason The IAHA Conference is so important,” said Ms Adams-Barton, Manager of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program. Read more...

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What's your motivation?

Amongst an exciting array of professional devekopment opportunities on offer at the IAHA 2015 National Conference, Dr Kamilla Venner will be facilitating an interactive, hands on workshop that aims to actively explore Motivational Interviewing (MI) within an international Indigenous context and engage participants with how MI could be utilised across diverse health professions and in your own practice. The workshop will provide opportunities for participants to practice MI skills, gain an understanding of what MI is, begin to learn how to acquire MI skills, and decide if you would like more formal training in the future. Click here to see all professional development workshops on offer.
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Wildcard entry into 2015 Australian HFTC!

We are proud and excited to announce that the winning team from our IAHA 2014 HFTC will be competing as a wildcard entry into the Australian HFTC!!! This is the first time that an all-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team will compete at the mainstream national event. Read more...

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IAHA Launches Cultural Responsiveness Framework

“Taking strengths based, actioned oriented approaches to achieving cultural safety are essential if we are serious about achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality. This is the essence of being culturally responsive. Underlying this framework is the goal of equitable access to affordable, available, acceptable and appropriate healthcare and improved life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.” — Professor Tom Calma
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Out and About with IAHA in the NT

August was a busy month for IAHA staff and members who attended four 2015 Skills, Employment & Careers Expos, promoting careers in allied health careers and building relationships across communities in the Northern Territory. Read more...

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Want to make a difference? Positions vacant at Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Do you want to join a dynamic, high performing team and contribute to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing? There are currently two positions vacant at Indigenous Allied Health Australia. IAHA Workforce Development Officer and IAHA Policy Officer positions now open. Read more...

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Policy Update

August has been a busy month of preparation and consultation with members as we develop submissions into a number of consultations including:

  • Final Round of Public consultation for the Review of the Accreditation Standard for Entry-level Physiotherapy in Australia. Draft Two of the revised Accreditation Standard is now available for review and comment and we are grateful for the input of our physiotherapy full members into our response to this draft and the supporting evidence document..
  • Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG) Consultation. IAHA attended an allied health stakeholder briefing on 25 August 2015 and is putting in an submission into the online survey as well as collaborating with partners in the Australian Allied Health Forum on a comprehensive submission from a national allied health perspective to the consultation (due 3 September 2015). For information, a national public briefing was held via a webcast on Friday 21 August 2015 and the webcast is now available to view on demand.

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Upcoming Events

Third International Indigenous Social Work Conference (3IISWC) 
14-17 September 2015, Darwin NT

AIDA 2015
16-19 September 2015, Glenelg SA

2015 Annual CATSINaM Conference
22 – 24 September 2015, Darwin NT


CRANAplus 33rd Annual Conference "Telling Tales - The Power of the Narrative", 
15 - 17 October 2015, Alice Springs NT 
11th National Allied Health Conference
9 - 11 November 2015, Melbourne, Australia. 
Global Gathering for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide
16 – 19 November 2015, New Zealand

IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge
28 - 29 November 2015, Cairns Qld

2015 IAHA National Conference: Allied Health - Stepping into Action.
1 - 2 December 2015, Cairns Qld

IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards
1 December 2015, Cairns Qld

Other Health News

Have your say – Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG) Consultation

Click here to visit the Department of Health Website for comprehensive information on the Primary Health Care Advisory Group and the consultation process.
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Scholarships foster research aspirations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students

Early exposure to research is key to fostering the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers and an important part of closing the gap on health inequality, according to the University of Sydney.
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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework Released

Cancer Australia has developed the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework to identify national priorities for the many communities, organisations and governments whose combined efforts are required to address the disparities and improve cancer outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Click here to read more

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS) 

The following scholarships are now open or opening soon:  
Clinical Placement Scholarship: Provides assistance to allied health students to undertake a clinical placement during their course of study in rural and remote Australia. NOW OPEN!!
Postgraduate Scholarship:  Provides assistance for allied health professionals who provide a clinical service within Australia to enhance their skills and further develop their knowledge. NOW OPEN!!
Undergraduate (Entry-Level) Scholarship:  Provides assistance for people living in rural, remote and regional areas to study at an undergraduate or entry level.  Opens 1 September 2015!!
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SARRAH, who administers the scholarships, is committed to supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce through the NAHSSS. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Please contact IAHA on 02 6285 1010 if you would like any assistance with the scholarship application process.

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