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First National IAHA Conference a Success!

10 December, 2012


Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) held our first national conference in Brisbane on 22-23 November 2012. Widespread feedback from participants has heralded the conference as a resounding success. With an overarching theme of 'Joining the Dots... An Inter-Professional Approach to Indigenous Health', the conference brought together an impressive lineup of keynote speakers as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professional and students from all over Australia.

"I am so proud to have been part of such an inspiring event", said Ms Faye McMillan, IAHA Chairperson. "To have such a high calibre of speakers like Dr Tom Calma, Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, Congress co-chair Jodie Broun, and an international guest speaker from New Zealand Riripeti Haretuka give up their valuable time to be part of our conference was both humbling and motivating. Our MC Dr Kerry Arabena brought it all together beautifully.

The conference was designed to make delegates think about how allied health professionals and stakeholders can contribute towards a sustainable approach to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, working in an inter-professional and holistic environment. "In addition to the keynote speakers, we heard amazing stories from allied health professionals working on the ground." Said Ms McMillan. "We have so many remarkable people out there making a difference and the overall feel of the conference was one of unity and collaboration."

Want to know more about this amazing event?
Click here to see the message of support from the Prime Minister and the Hon. Warren Snowdon.
Click here to read about our keynote speakers and download their presentations.
Click here to see presentations and find our more about our concurrent sessions.
Click here to view photos from the conference.



Messages of Inspiration

Click here to check out some awesome messages of hope and inspiration from Health professionals across Australia. There is no limit to what we can achieve with hard work, the right support, and passion... These amazing people are proof of that!!!
 

IAHA welcomes new Board

At the 3rd AGM held on 24 November 2012, Indigenous Allied Health Australia welcomed a new Board with a blend of both familiar and new faces.
 
Kelli McIntosh (Occupational Therapy), Kelleigh Ryan (Psychology), Keona Wilson (Speech Pathology) and Kylie Stothers (Social Work) continue as Board Directors until their term ends in 2013. Rebecca Allnutt (Audiology) and Faye McMillan (Pharmacy) were re-elected to the Board and are joined by three new board members - Thomas Brideson (Social Welfare), Justin Cain (Exercise Physiology/Science), and Jane Havelka (Mental Health). For more information about our new board members, click here.
 
IAHA is also very pleased to announce that Faye McMillan will complete a second term as Chairperson of IAHA Board. We look forward to working together over the next year to continue to strengthen and build the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce across Australia. 
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