Welcome to the April 2016 IAHA Newsletter.
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Message from IAHA CEO | Australia's Future Health Leaders Embrace Cultural Responsiveness | IAHA joins health leaders to address racism in the health sectorIAHA SRC Members Reflection of Caring for Country Kids Conference | National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists consultation | Join in Indigenous Health May Day on 12 May | Chastina Heck's Journey into Pharmacy | Important Dates & Events | Other Health News

Message from IAHA CEO

IAHA is pleased to share with you the IAHA Newsletter for April 2016. This month IAHA joined other health leaders in an article published by Croakey reflecting on the case of Gurrumul Yunupingu and what can be done to ensure Australia has a culturally safe and responsive healthcare system. In the article IAHA pointed to the Cultural responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework as a resource that can be used to strengthen cultural responsiveness capabilities. 

IAHA facilitated a session on culturally responsive leadership for health students at the ANU Rural Health Society's Close the Gap Conference. This was a great opportunity to discuss cultural responsiveness with future health leaders from across multiple health disciplines. 

In this month's newsletter you can also read IAHA's Student Representative Committee (SRC) members Celeste Brand and Nellie Pollard-Wharton reflection of the Caring for Country Kids Conference in Alice Springs. 

I would also like to thank our members who have been active in our policy development, reviews and submissions. Your expertise is extremely valuable and we appreciate your continued support and involvement. 

Regards, Donna Murray

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Australia’s future health leaders embrace cultural responsiveness 

IAHA CEO Donna Murray facilitated a Student Leadership Workshop for health students at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra on Sunday 10 April 2016. Over 80 students from medicine, nursing and allied health degrees attended the workshop as part of the ANU Rural Medical Society’s Close the Gap Conference. 


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IAHA joins health leaders to address racism in the health sector

Health is a fundamental human right and every human being is entitled to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health conducive to living a life in dignity. Racism and subsequent racial discrimination can impede the achievement of this right for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the right to access culturally safe and responsive healthcare that is free of racism.

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IAHA SRC members reflection of Caring for Country Kids Conference

The Caring for Country Kids Conference was held in Alice Springs from the 17th-19th of April.  As members of the IAHA Student Representative Committee, Nellie and Celeste had the opportunity to represent IAHA at the conference, along with Workforce Development Officer, Kylie Stothers. 


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National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists consultation

This month IAHA has worked with a group of its pharmacy members on a submission to the consultation on competency standards framework for pharmacists being conducted by The Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC). More information on this consultation can be found here. IAHA is committed to building a culturally responsive pharmacy workforce and strengthening the Framework, which provides a benchmark for safe and effective practice for pharmacists in Australia, has the potential to positively impact the way that pharmacists engage with and meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities. IAHA trusts that its feedback will be carefully considered and looks forward to seeing the revised Framework.

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Join in #IHMayDay16 on 12 May

The third annual Indigenous Health May Day Twitter festival will be held on Thursday, 12 May. You can track the discussions and news at #IHMayDay16. The event will be hosted by Associate Professor Bronwyn Carlson at the University of Wollongong, with her colleague Dr Tanja Dreher. Discussions on the day will be moderated by the founder of #IHMayDay, Dr Lynore Geia from James Cook University, by Assoc Prof Carlson and by Croakey contributor Summer May Finlay. As in previous years, a program of guest tweeters will run from 7am until 10pm AEST. The theme for the event is youth and families, and suicide prevention. The program will be posted at Croakey.org.

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 Chastina Heck's Journey into Pharmacy

Chastina Heck is a Nywaigi Mamu Bidjara woman and is currently working as a clinical pharmacist at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. Chastina was born in Barcaldine and conducted her schooling in Toowoomba as she moved there when she was about 3 years old. 


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Important Dates & Events

5 – 6 May 2016Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference, Alice Springs NT

15-18 May 2016 - National Conference of Speech Pathology Australia in Perth, WA

26 May 2016 - National Sorry Day 

27 May - 3 June 2016 - National Reconciliation Week
3 June 2016 - Mabo Day 

9-11 June 20162016 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference, Darwin, NT

22-23 June 2016 - NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Forum 2016: Celebrating Success, Hunter Valley, NSW

Have we missed and important date or event? If so, please let us know so we can include it in the next newsletter.

Other Health News

2014-2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) Released

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have released the 2014-2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS). The NATSISS is the most comprehensive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-specific survey in Australia.
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AIHW “Youth Justice in Australia 2014-2015” report finds Indigenous youth still over-represented 

On the 27 April 2016 the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) released the Youth justice in Australia 2014–15 report.  The report shows the overall numbers of young people under youth justice supervision fell by 23%, however, Indigenous over-representation is still high. 
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Lowitja Insitute and The Lancet Release Major World Indigenous Population Study

A WORLD-FIRST study into the health and wellbeing of more than 154 million Indigenous and tribal peoples globally has revealed the extent of work that needs to be done if the United Nations is to meet its 2030 goals of ending poverty and inequality.
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Are you an allied health professional interested in working in the NT? 

The Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN) NT Health Workforce branch provides recruitment, retention and support services to health professionals and organisations across the Northern Territory of Australia. NT PHN offers support and assistance to allied health professionals who are relocating to the Northern Territory for the purposes of employment. 
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