Welcome to the May 2015 IAHA Newsletter.
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CEO Update

Planning for the IAHA 2015 National Conference in Cairns, Queensland is well underway and we are so excited to open registrations today. Be sure to visit our website www.iahaconference.com.au to find out more about all the events occurring during that week, including the HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC), the 2015 IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards and of course, the actual conference.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are also still available so be quick if you'd like to demonstrate leadership and commitment to achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality through sponsoring our major events.

IAHA congratulates the organisers and guest 'tweeters' who worked tirelessly on 29 May 2015 to make #IHMayDay15 - a day of action and listening on Twitter on all matters to do with the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - such a success!

The pre-conference workshop 'Cultural Responsiveness - An action based approach to Cultural Safety' was held prior to the National Rural Health Conference and was well received by participants. We thank our partners AIDA, NACCHO and NATSIHWA and look forward to continuing to work closely with them in the future on collaborative endeavours.

Negotiations continue with the Department of Health around our ongoing funding - we'll continue to keep you posted. 


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IAHA 2015 National Conference - Register Now!

IAHA will hold its 3rd IAHA national conference Allied Health – Stepping into Action in Cairns, 1-2 December 2015. In addition to the conference, IAHA will be holding a HealthFusion Team Challenge, National Indigenous Allied Health Awards and AGM.

Click here to visit the IAHA 2015 National Conference website.

Call for Abstracts  - Closing 12 June 2015!

Not long now - get your Abstracts in as soon as you can!!! Click here to read the abstract submission guidelines and to submit an abstract.

If you would like any guidance or just to have a chat about your Abstract ideas, please don't hesitate to call Anna on 02 6285 1010 or email  policy@iaha.com.au

IAHA 2015 National Conference Registrations are now open.
  Full Registration 1 day Registration
Full Member (student/graduate) $550 $330
Associate/Corporate Member $660 $440
Non Member (student) $550 $330
Non Member (general) $770 $550
Speakers $550 $330

IAHA Professional Development Scholarships OPEN - Apply Now!
IAHA will grant a limited number of professional development scholarships to full and associate IAHA members. Scholarship recipients will receive up to a maximum of $2,500 for travel, accommodation, and registration assistance based on the eligibility and assessment criteria. Scholarship applications will open 1 June 2015 and close 31 July 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 21 August 2015.

The 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Award Nominations are OPEN
Do you know an individual or organisation who deserves to be recognised for their efforts?

Nominate Now!

Click here to read the 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Award Guidelines in full.

Unique Student Event - IAHA 2015 HealthFusion Team Challenge - APPLY NOW!
The 3rd Indigenous Allied Health Australia HealthFusion Team Challenge (IAHA HFTC), will be held 28 – 29 November 2015, at the Pullman Cairns International in Cairns, Queensland. The HFTC is a learning experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students designed to educate the nation’s next generation of health care professionals in collaborative client care. 

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Budget Wrap Up

Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered his second Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 12 May 2015. Click here to access details of the Australian Government Budget 2015 and click here to view all Portfolio Budget Statements

Announcements with implications for IAHA members and stakeholders include the streamlining of existing health workforce scholarships into a single Health Workforce Scholarship Programme; and an expanded process of MBS Review overseen by a clinician led Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce.

IAHA, an active member of the National Health Leadership Forum, is pleased to note that the Australian Government 2015-16, Health Portfolio: Primary health care outcome 5 (Programme 5.3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health page 97) states “In 2015, the Government will release the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (2013-2023) Implementation Plan which is being developed in partnership with the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF). The Implementation Plan will incorporate actions across the life course and is comprised of six domains including: maternal health and parenting; childhood development; adolescents and youth; healthy adults; healthy ageing; and health systems effectiveness. In 2015-16, the Government will commence the actions outlined in the Implementation Plan and will continue working with the NHLF to monitor and review progress.”

The following links provide information on the Budget and its implications for Indigenous health from a variety of sources that may be of interest: Croakey; BUDGET 2015-16: NACCHO’S ANALYSIS; HealthInfoNet.

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National Rural Health Conference Update

As a member of the National Rural Health Alliance (Alliance) council, representatives from IAHA were please to deliver a pre-conference workshop with our partner organisations as well as attend and deliver a keynote presentation at the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin 24 – 27 May 2015. IAHA’s Alliance Council representative Kylie Stothers gives this update:

“Last week Donna Murray and I had the opportunity to attend the 13th National Rural Health conference in Darwin.  The theme of the conference was People, Places and Possibilities.  Over 1,000 delegates from around Australia and few international guest made the trip to Darwin, on the land of the Larrakia peoples to attend the conference.  There were some fantastic keynote addresses and some very impressive papers on health and wellbeing issues facing remote and rural communities, families and individuals. IAHA sits on the Alliance council and this I had the pleasure of being a part of the conference committee. 

The conference was a fantastic opportunity for remote and rural health professionals, students, and managers etc. to network and discuss the issues currently facing remote and rural Australia.  It was a busy week and although I came home exhausted it was a fantastic opportunity to be able to link in nationally with fellow remote and rural health people.  This conference was my fourth Alliance conference and it really has come a long way in terms of creating more opportunities for discussions on issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The welcome to country by local Larrakia representatives really set the scene of the conference and it was nice to see so many delegates acknowledging country before they presented their papers.
The conference organisers have also recorded some of the keynote addresses and concurrent sessions, so check out the website here to watch some of the recorded sessions.

I also had the pleasure of giving the final keynote address of the conference, in my paper entitled ‘Living where I like – Loving where I live’. For those of you that know me well, know that I am a strong advocate for remote and rural health but in my final address I called for a recognition to the importance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and a commitment to ensuring that ‘incentives’ are equally accessible and available for the those that already live and work in remote and rural Australia.  I also spoke about the importance of creating pathways for our next generation, for many of us Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, everything we do if for our next generation. It is never about ourselves but always about the next generation and creating change for a better future for our peoples.” 

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Policy Update

Review of the Accreditation Standard for entry–level Physiotherapy in Australia.
You may recall that IAHA made a submission into the Review of the Accreditation Standard for entry–level Physiotherapy in Australia on 6 March 2015. The first draft of the revised Accreditation Standard for entry-level Physiotherapy in Australia is now available for review here.  IAHA members are encouraged to contact us to contribute to the IAHA submission on this first draft. Additionally you may wish to contribute feedback or raise issues directly by using the online survey found here.  Closing date for comments is COB Friday June 26, 2015

Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA)
The Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) between the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Guild) has now been signed and is intended to take effect from 1 July 2015. A copy of the 6CPA and further information is available at www.guild.org.au/community-pharmacy-agreement.  While the 6CPA has been signed, many of the final details are still being worked through. Information will be updated on the Guild website and they intend to arrange a briefing for interested groups and stakeholders in the coming weeks.

Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme
Minister Nash announced on Friday 29 May the Government’s redesigned Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme. For more details see the Minister’s media release. In addition to the announcement a research project by David Thomas called “Talking About the Smokes” was launched recently and can be downloaded here
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Shana O’Connor - Journey into Pharmacy

My name is Shana O’Connor, I’m from the Waluwarra people, Mt Isa QLD.  I am a pharmacist in North West Queensland - Pharmacy is my passion and my livelihood. My story starts in Mount Isa, where I was born and raised.  I began working in a local community pharmacy during high school and completed a Certificate II in Community Pharmacy during this time.

In 2010 I made the journey to Townsville to study Pharmacy at James Cook University.  I was lucky enough to be a beneficiary to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Scheme through the Pharmacy Guild.  The scholarship allowed me to focus on my studies and also helped pay for my textbooks and lab equipment.  My mentor, Leigh Houldsworth, was especially supportive during my time at university and I was privileged to receive a pre-registration position at Mount Isa Pharmacy First where Leigh was my preceptor.

One of the main highlights of my experiences in rural pharmacy was the opportunity to strengthen health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  I took part in the Deadly Ears Campaign where I worked with the local Indigenous radio station to increase awareness of otitis media in the community.  Pharmacy First has an active presence in the Indigenous community through events such as the annual NAIDOC day fun day.

This year is my first year as a registered pharmacist and I am continuing my career at Mount Isa Pharmacy First.  There are always challenges when working in a rural area; however I look at these challenges as an opportunity to break through the barrier and increase the standard of health care in rural communities with an emphasis on closing the gap.

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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
Click here to visit the Reconciliation Australia website and learn more.
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Other Health News

The National Allied Health Conference will be held in Melbourne from 9 - 11 November 2015 at the Crown Convention Centre. The conference theme is 'Allied Health Front and Centre', exploring allied health's place in the health continuum, both now and into the future, and showcasing significant allied health research and projects.

IAHA is a member of the National Allied Health Conference (NAHC) 2015 Organising Committee, and encourages all members and stakeholders to submit an abstract for this conference. Closing date for submissions is Sunday 28 June 2015, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Click here for more information or to submit an abstract.

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Upcoming Events

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

CRANAplus 33rd Annual Conference "Telling Tales - The Power of the Narrative", 
15 - 17 October 2015 at the Alice Springs Convention Centre, 

11th National Allied Health Conference
9 - 11 Nov 2015, Melbourne, Australia.  

Global Gathering for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide
16 – 19 Nov 2015, New Zealand

IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge
28 - 29 Nov 2015

2015 IAHA National Conference: Allied Health - Stepping into Action.
1 - 2 Dec, 2015

Student Bursaries

We are now accepting applications for our 2015 IAHA Student Bursaries. Click here to find out more details and to apply.


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