Welcome to the May 2013 IAHA Newsletter.
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IAHA Newsletter
May 2013
  1. CEO's Message
  2. Conference Update
  3. Call for Abstracts Closing Soon
  4. Close the Gap
  5. Partners in Depression
  6. Heart Foundation Indigenous Scholarship
  7. Kidney Health Week
  8. National NCN Forum
  9. National Rural and Remote Social Work Conference
  10. headspace Expressions of Interest

CEO's Message

Welcome to the May 2013 edition of the IAHA eNewsletter. IAHA has had a busy month as we transitioned into a Company Limited by Guarantee. We are pleased that so many of our members made the transition.IAHA has continued to work with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak health bodies through the National Leadership Forum (NHLF) and the DoHA Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) on the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.

The collaboration between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leadership is strong and united as we work together towards improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Craig Dukes
May 2013

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Conference Update

Planning is well underway for our 2nd national conference to be held in Adelaide in November 2013.
Greg Phillips will MC the event and we have 3 exciting keynote speakers confirmed - Dr Tom Calma, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and the new Chief Allied Health Officer David Butt.
Watch this space as we plan an exciting program that will engage health professionals from all over Australia to make a difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Registrations & Scholarships
Conference Registrations
Registration Fees will be as follows:

Early Bird Registration (1 July - 31 August 2013)
Full Member                            $220
Associate Graduate Member   $350
Students                                  $300
Non Member                            $500

* IAHA Members registration includes all social events
Registration from 1 September 2013
Full Member                             $320
Associate Graduate Member    $480
Students                                   $400
Non Member                             $660
* IAHA Members registration includes all social events
Day Registration  (does not include social events)
Full Members                  $180 per day
Associate members        $250 per day
Non members                 $350 per day
Students                         $220 per day
Social Events
Welcome Event  $50 per person
Conference Dinner and Awards  $100 per person (Non Members) $50 per person (non-member students)

IAHA National Conference

Call for Abstracts closing soon

Call for Abstracts closes 7 June

IAHA is seeking abstracts for oral and poster presentations which highlight innovation and best practice in any allied health discipline including Indigenous mental health and social welfare, other health professions, research, education and health service delivery.  Of particular interest are initiatives which positively impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, allied health services and programs with a view to facilitating generational change and sustainable outcomes.
IAHA will consider project case studies, research and discussion papers that provide an opportunity for participants to share and discuss the importance of allied health professionals in the delivery of culturally respectful healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The overarching theme of the Conference, Healthy Footprints – Leading Generational Change looks at how allied health professionals are helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to lead healthy lives and create brighter futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

All abstracts must be submitted by 7 June 2013

Close the Gap Morning Tea

On 21st March 2013 IAHA, in partnership with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) hosted a Close the Gap Morning Tea at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre in the ACT. The event was attended by around 30 partners and friends of the organisations.

Here are some pictures from the event:

Close the Gap day 2013

Supporting those who care: Partners in Depression national program outcomes report

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is launching the â€˜Supporting those who care: Partners in Depression national program outcomes’ report at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, on 28 May 2013. The report draws attention to the potential risk of poor mental health and wellbeing amongst the 2.6 million Australians who care for someone with a mental illness.

For information about Partners in Depression please click here.

Applications now open for the Heart Foundation Australian Indigenous Scholarship

This generous award provides a stipend of $40,000 pro-rata per annum for up to 3 years. Part time scholarships for longer periods may be considered. This scholarship will help support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to study for a research degree (PhD or Masters) in any area that is relevant to cardiovascular health.

Applications Close: Friday 28 June 2013 (5pm AEST)

Visit their website for further details.

Kidney Health Week

Kidney Health Australia’s annual awareness week, Kidney Health Week is coming up from 26 May through 1 June. The campaign aims to draw attention to the fact that 1 in 3 Australians are at increased risk of kidney disease, and that undetected and untreated kidney disease is a silent killer. They will also be encouraging adult Australians to take a quick online risk assessment to see if they are at risk of kidney disease, which will be launched on the 20th of May on their website, www.kidney.org.au

Invitation to nominate for sponsored attendance at the 2013 National NCN forum

Over the last six months the National Lead Clinicians Group (LCG) has been hosting state and territory National Clinicians Network (NCN) forums to discuss issues relating to clinical handover/transfer of care. The state and territory NCN forums will culminate in the National NCN forum, to be held at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney on 12 and 13 June 2013.  The National forum will comprise a dinner on the evening of 12 June, and a full day forum on 13 June. 

The deadline for submitting nominations for sponsored attendance at the National NCN Forum has now been extended to 5.00pm Thursday 23 May.

Visit the website for further details.

National Rural and Remote Social Work Conference 2013

Early bird registration available until 31st May 2013.
AASW invites you to join them in Inverloch, Victoria on 25 & 25 July 2013, for the National Rural Remote Social Work Conference. The two day conference will explore the challenges and opportunities facing social workers practising in rural and remote parts of Australia and is hosted by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Rural Social Work Action Practice Group. This year’s theme is DIVERSITY IN RURAL AND REMOTE COMMUNITIES: RESPONDING TO CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITES.

More conference details are available at www.aasw.asn.au

Expressions of Interest

headspace School Support Indigenous Expert Advisory Committee

Established and funded by the Federal Government in 2006, headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation provides clinical, early interventions services for young people aged 12-25 years. Our primary focus is the mental health and wellbeing of all young Australians.

headspace School Support is inviting expressions of interests from Indigenous professionals, working in the field to join this group to offer expert advice in the development of culturally appropriate guidelines, the refinement of our resources to ensure they are relevant and useful for schools with high Indigenous student enrolments and generally on culturally sensitive issues that we may face as part of our day to day service delivery.

EOIs close Friday, 31 May 2013 - Click here for more details
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