Welcome to the July 2015 IAHA Newsletter.
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Message from the Board | Conference - That's what really counts - Looking for PD Opportunities? | "Australia must and can be better than this" | Policy Update | Mentoring is Not Coaching | Get Ready... We want to know your thoughts | Be part of the solution!! Upcoming EventsOther Health News - scholarships opening soon

Message from Board Director - Steve Stanton

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the July newsletter. Firstly I would like to thank the IAHA members, stakeholders, staff and supporters for your continual contribution and participation. My short 6 months as a Board Director has given me the opportunity to meet some fantastic professionals who are leading the way to necessary and responsive services for our communities. An extremely humbling experience.   

The financial year has now ended and as always the organisation has finished the year in a sound position. I would like to congratulate Donna and the IAHA staff for their work, professionalism and commitment through the year and for their continual commitment and representation of all of our members.  The guarantee of future operational funding provides a great platform for us all to continue to work towards achieving of goals and aspirations together.  I am certainly looking forward to next 12 months.

This is also a suitable opportunity to remind everyone of the IAHA 2015 National Conference to be held in Cairns on 1-2 December 2015. This will be another opportunity to for us all to come together to share, contribute, learn, support and grow, I encourage everyone to check the conference website here for up to date information.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Regards,
Steve Stanton
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'Motivating' International Keynote Speaker

Kamilla Venner, Ph.D., is a member of the Athabascan tribe and is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico. Her expertise is sought after by researchers around the world who are testing motivational interviewing (MI) with Indigenous populations. Dr Venner’s research with MI began with culturally tailoring MI in partnership with American Indians and this manual is freely available here.
Click here to read more about all our confirmed speakers!!


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"That's what really counts..."

Do you know an IAHA member who deserves recognition for their exceptional achievements and efforts to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing?

If so, nominate now for an IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Award. There are five award categories currently open for nominations.

“When you get awards from your own mob and they recognise your achievements, that’s what really counts for me.” Professor Tom Calma, recipient of the IAHA 2015 Lifetime Achievement award.

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Looking for PD opportunities?

Look no further!! The IAHA 2015 National Conference is the only national event offering professional development workshops specifically targeted at building skills and knowledge, within an interdisciplinary allied health context, to take action and contribute to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

Click here to view the current draft program.

We will continue to add to the program, however the workshop topics currently include:
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Using Motivational Interviewing in an Indigenous Context 
  • Thriving rather than surviving: Enhancing resilience through reflective practice 
  • Piecing the Puzzle: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Approaching Change with Clarity: managing the transition well 
  • Working cross-culturally and in partnership 
  • Indigenous Research within Allied Health 
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"Australia must and can be better than this"

IAHA has joined forces with some of Australia’s largest companies including corporate, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and community organisations to issue a joint statement to call for renewed efforts to stamp out racism in sport and in everyday life. Click here to read the full statement.

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Policy Update

IAHA Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework
IAHA has finalised its IAHA Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework which sets out clear capabilities for individuals, health services/organisations and education providers to deliver culturally safe and responsive care. Our approach focuses on facilitating action orientated and strengths based approaches to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The final document ‘Cultural Responsiveness in Action – An IAHA Framework’ will be launched by Professor Tom Calma AO on 6 August 2015 in Canberra. It will be available on our website following the launch.

IAHA Policy Position Statements
Five IAHA Policy Position Statements have been updated and are now available for download on our website here.

National Ice Taskforce update
The feedback received from the Australian community paints a worrying picture about the impact of ice.  During its consultations the Taskforce heard from many experts and community members who are concerned about the impact of ice and received over 1300 written submissions. Click here to read more

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Mentoring is NOT coaching... But what is it?

Mentoring is an alliance or a mutually beneficial relationship between two or more people that creates purposeful discussion. This discussion gives both the mentor and mentee an opportunity to share their professional and personal skills and experiences and to grow and develop. The purpose of mentoring is development. It is about learning and empowerment rather than teaching.

To find out more about how being a mentor or mentee may benefit you, visit the IAHA mentoring website here where you can download the IAHA Online Mentoring Program's mentoring kit, browse an extensive list of mentors or register your interest in joining the program.

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Get Ready... We want to know your thoughts!

IAHA is in the process of developing an online member survey. So if you are an IAHA member (full, associate or corporate), keep an eye on your email inbox and please give us your input. The information collected will provide a baseline as IAHA embarks on its new 3 year funding cycle and will assist IAHA to determine professional development, communication and support needs of our membership.

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Be part of the solution!!

Click here to take this Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention information survey

A survey is being conducted for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) – a national research project at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in partnership with Telethon Kids Institute that is responding to the high levels of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Click here to read more

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Upcoming Events

ADS and the ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting
26 - 28 August 2015, Adelaide SA

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

Human Rights Awards nominations now open

The Commission is proud to announce the creation of the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ Award. â€œThe new Award recognises an organisation which has made an extraordinary contribution to reducing or preventing racism in Australia,” said President Gillian Triggs.
Click here to read more

2016 Deeble Institute scholarships

The Deeble Institute of Health Policy Research is offering six-week scholarships for postgraduate tertiary students. The scholarship is based in Canberra and is designed to support talented students to produce an Issues Brief on an important national health services or health policy topic. 
Click here to read more

Opening Soon!! 2016 Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS): Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Clinical Placement Scholarships

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), the Scholarship administrator is pleased to announce the opening date of the applications of allied health component of the NAHSS Scheme.
Click here to read more

Y Fronts will save FIFO lives

Edith Cowan University have found 28% of FIFO workers display signs of depression compared to 13% in the general population. Even more disturbing is the recent high rates of suicide within this workforce.
Click here to read more

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