Welcome to the February 2016 IAHA Newsletter.
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Message from IAHA Chairperson  | Guess who's joined the IAHA Team | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework | Being a young Aboriginal woman in Australia today | Close the Gap 2016 | Speech Pathology 2030IAHA 2016 SRC hold first meeting | We can close the Indigenous nutrition gap | Important Dates & Events | Other Health News

Message from IAHA Chairperson

Welcome to the February 2016 edition of the IAHA eNewsletter. Like most, the IAHA team is back at work, making plans and forging forward. The IAHA Board of Directors recently held it's first meeting in Canberra in conjunction with the first meeting of the IAHA 2016 SRC... Our health is certainly in great hands if this group of students is an indication of the future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce!!!

With the addition of two new staff members and some exciting key initiatives, we look forward to the year ahead and value the contribution that each member, our partners and stakeholders bring to the organisation of IAHA. 

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Guess who’s joined the IAHA Team?

Indigenous Allied Health Australia is pleased to welcome Kylie Stothers (Workforce Development Officer) and Hayley McQuire (Research and Policy Officer) to the IAHA team. Read more...

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Now Available Online – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework

IAHA welcomes the release of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework, which is now available on the Department of Health website.


IAHA was an active member of the project advisory group for the project to develop the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework (the Framework) which aims to prepare graduates across health professions to provide culturally safe health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the development of cultural capabilities during their undergraduate training. Read more...

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Being a young Aboriginal woman in Australia today

OXFAM interview with IAHA member Danielle Dries


"One of the key ways to improving Indigenous health will be to improve access to quality, culturally responsive, multidisciplinary care. To do this Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health needs to have a significant presence in the core curriculum of all health degrees across Australia." Danielle Dries, IAHA Full Member. Read more...

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IAHA attends launch of Close the Gap – Progress & Priorities Report 2016

As a member of the Close the Gap (CTG) Steering Committee and National Health Leadership Forum, Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) supports the recommendations found within the CTG Steering Committee’s Close The Gap – Progress and Priorities Report 2016. Read more...

Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s Report 2016 released

On 10 February 2016, after attending the Close The Gap – 10th Anniversary Parliamentary Breakfast, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tabled the 2016 annual report to Parliament on progress in Closing the Gap and delivered his first Closing the Gap statement to the Parliament as Prime Minister. Read more...

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Want to be involved? Speech Pathology 2030 – making futures happen 

Speech Pathology Australia has commissioned a project: Speech Pathology 2030 – making futures happen. The aim of this project is to engage members of the profession in the development of a shared vision for how the profession will successfully respond to change over the next decade and beyond.

To all IAHA speech pathology members - keep an eye on your inbox because we'll be contacting you soon about having a targeted conversation... Read more...

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IAHA 2016 Student Representative Committee Hold First Meeting

IAHA would like to welcome Will, Zoe, Tracy, Kirrilaa, Celeste, Lauren, Nellie and Mark to the IAHA 2016 Student Representative Committee (SRC), who bring together a wide variety of experience from multiple allied health backgrounds. Please click here to meet the 2016 SRC and find out more about these inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health students. Read more...

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We can close the Indigenous nutrition gap – here’s how

This article was posted as part of Australia’s Healthy Weight Week #AHWW. After years of neglect and a notable absence in last week’s Closing the Gap report, nutrition is finally being recognised as integral to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. Read more...

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Important Dates & Events

17 March 2016 - National Close the Gap Day, register your event here in support of health equality across Australia.

31 March 2016 - Abstracts close for The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference, 8 - 10 November 2016, Melbourne

7 April 2016 - World Health Day 2016: Diabetes

17 - 19 April 2016 - Caring for country kids conference, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

26 April 2016 - Abstracts close for Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) 2016 Business and Leadership Conference, 26–28 August 2016 in Darwin
30 April 2016 - Abstracts close for the 11th Allied Health Scientific Conference Malaysia 2016, 6-7 September 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

27 April 2016 - Abstracts close for SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals, 27-29 October 2016 in Port Lincoln, SA.

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
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

National Oral Health Plan identifies Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Priority Population

The Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives: Australia’s National Oral Health Plan 2015–2024 has been prepared by the Oral Health Monitoring Group. Read more...
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AIHW release report “25 years of health expenditure in Australia”

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released the report “25 years of health expenditure in Australia: 1989–90 to 2013–14”. Read more...
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State of Reconciliation in Australia released in new report

Reconciliation Australia have released The State of Reconciliation in Australia Report, which examines the state of reconciliation in Australia today. Read more...
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Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people released

Edith Cowan University’s Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre has released a comprehensive review of volatile substance use (VSU) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Read more...
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2016 NAIDOC – Poster Competition & Awards Nominations Open

The 2016 theme, Songlines – The living narrative of our nation – will highlight the importance of Songlines to the existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NAIDOC Week 2016 will run from 3-10 July. Read more...
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