Welcome to the IAHA Newsletter August 2016
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On Tuesday 30 August 2016, IAHA joined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in Canberra, calling for the PM to meet with National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and peak leadership organisations and to commit to a National First People’s Summit within the first 100 days of the new Parliament.

This event follows the release on 9 June 2016 of The Redfern Statement, signed by IAHA and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak representative bodies, that calls for all political parties to engage with them to address the appalling disadvantage faced by Australia's First Peoples. Click here to access the Redfern Statement.

New St John's partnership brings member benefits

An exciting new partnership between Indigenous Allied Health Australia and St John's Ambulance Service means discounts for members.

St John's is offering first aid training courses at a 15% - 20% discounted rate for IAHA members around the country, along with 10% off state recommended prices of their merchandise. IAHA members will need to identify themselves when enquiring, and can call IAHA on (02) 6285 1010 for more information.

If you would like to register for a course, call St John's on 1300 360 455 or visit their website here.

Scholarship Opportunities Available

Are you a graduate or student IAHA member who would love to attend the 2016 Lowitja Institute Health and Wellbeing Conference in Melbourne for free?

The Lowitja Institute is offering two places for full event access in return for a helping hand throughout the event. Read more...

University of Sydney hosts IAHA Cultural Responsiveness workshop

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) recently held a Cultural Responsiveness workshop for the University of Sydney’s Rural Health Club (MIRAGE).

IAHA had been invited to facilitate the workshop by MIRAGE, and it was well received by the 50 attendees from multiple disciplines.

MIRAGE is one of 28 Rural Health Clubs (RHC) across Australia, and aims to promote rural and remote practice through information exchange, placement opportunities and advocacy. Read more...

Looking ahead: IAHA student member wins optometry placement

Wiradjuri woman, optometry student, and Indigenous Allied Health Australia Student Representative Committee member, Lauren Hutchinson, was recently given a big opportunity.

Lauren holds a Bachelor in Visual Science and is currently studying a Master of Optometry at the Queensland University of Technology.

In late May, Lauren received an exciting phone call from the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) offering her a placement. Read more...

IAHA all ears for Hearing Awareness Week

‘Hearing is precious and fragile’ was this year’s theme for Hearing Awareness Week.

As an Audiologist, Indigenous Allied Health Australia board member, and Dalrymple woman, Rebecca Allnutt has a huge passion for ear health.

Rebecca works in an Aboriginal Medical Service in Alice Springs, as well as with NT Hearing Services which involves travelling out bush to remote communities. Read more...

IAHA at Youthworx Expos

Staff and members of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) recently had the opportunity to exhibit at the Youthworx career expos across the Northern Territory to increase student interest in the fields of allied health.

Locations included Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin, with all stalls reporting positive feedback from students. Read more...

Introducing Victoria Wilson​

Victoria Wilson has joined IAHA as a Executive Assistant to our CEO Donna Murray.

"I have recently completed my Bachelor of Public Health at UC. Before that I was working at Defence Housing Australia for 8 years. My interest in working in an area such as Indigenous Allied Health Australia begun with taking classes at the University of Canberra on Indigenous Health and Contemporary Issues. I am enrolling to do my post graduate certificate in Human Rights beginning at the start of next year," Victoria said.

2016 IAHA National Forum

Registrations now open

To find out more about the 2016 National Forum and National Awards click here.

We would like to thank our current sponsors Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences, NSW Ministry of Health, HESTA, Aspen Medical, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, The Healing Foundation, The Lowitja Institute and Dietitians Association of Australia. If you would like to know more about sponsorship, click here
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Nominate a mate: Win FREE registration!

Do you know a deadly allied health professional or student who deserves an award for their contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health? Why not nominate them for a 2016 IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Award?

By nominating someone, you'll go in the draw to win a FREE full registration to the IAHA 2016 National Forum and Awards! Applications for IAHA National Awards close on 23 September 2016, so nominate now for your chance to win!
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Are you an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health student? We want you!

Register for the 2016 IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge (HTFC) and show us what you've got!
The HFTC is a fun and interactive learning experience, designed to educate the nation’s next generation of health care professionals in collaborative client care.
Participating in the 2016 IAHA HFTC provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students with opportunities to experience working in an interprofessional team to solve problems and determine the best care for a person with complex care needs. Apply before 16 September 2016 for your chance to participate!
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Important Dates & Events

6-7 September 2016 - 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, Canberra, ACT

4 October 2016 - Applications close for the LIME event The Future of Indigenous Health Education: Leadership, Collaboration, Curriculum, Melbourne, VIC

11-14 October 2016 - 4th National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Conference, Adelaide, SA

13 -14 October 2016 - Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal Health Conference, Shepparton, VIC
16–17 October 2016 - 6th Global Forum on Health PromotionCanada

3-4 November 2016 - 2016 Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Kingscliff, NSW

8-10 November 2016 - Lowitja International Health and Wellbeing Conference, Melbourne

27-29 November 2016 - IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge, Canberra, ACT 

29 November-1 December 2016 - IAHA National Forum and Awards, Canberra, ACT
Have we missed and important date or event? If so, please let us know so we can include it in the next newsletter.

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Other Health News

News from Lowitja Institute

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN for 2016 The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Conference Awards, celebrating excellence in Indigenous health and wellbeing research. Closing date for all award applications is midnight, Sunday 25 September 2016 (AEST).

Applications now open

The Lowitja Institute is seeking suitably qualified researchers to undertake a research project under the Institute’s Health Workforce to Address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program. Read more...

You're invited: 2016 AOPA Congress

The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) has extended an invitation to members of IAHA for this year’s annual AOPA Congress in Melbourne.  Read more...

New Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal launched

A new Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal has been launched as part of the Health Department’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Programme. Read more...
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