Welcome to the June 2015 IAHA Newsletter.
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Message from the CEO  |  Keynote Speakers Confirmed  |  The Challenge ahead  |  Referendum  |  Policy Update  |  Why Settle for good when things could be the best?  | Barunga Festival |  Upcoming Events  |  Other Health News

Message from the CEO

Great news this month as we had two abstracts accepted for Joint Oral Presentations at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide - The Seventh Gathering (Mauri Ora) being held at The University of Waikato in Kirikiriroa, Aotearoa 15-19 November 2015. We look forward to sharing ‘Cultural Responsiveness In Action: An IAHA Framework’ and ‘A unique Indigenous allied health leadership, workforce development and support mechanism’ with an international Indigenous audience.

Momentum continues to build following the 1 June 2015 opening of registrations for the IAHA 2015 National Conference and HealthFusion Team Challenge, nominations for the IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Awards and professional development scholarship applications. Visit www.iahaconference.com.au now to find out more.

I'd like to welcome Aspen Medical on board as a DIAMOND Sponsor for the IAHA 2015 National Conference as well as Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) and Dietitians Association of Australia as 2015 IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards sponsors.

Regards,
Donna

Keynote speakers confirmed!

The excitement is building across Australia with the confirmation of three exceptional keynote speakers Dr Kamilla VennerProfessor Kerry Arabena and Ms Pat Anderson AO for the IAHA 2015 National Conference in Cairns, 1-2 December 2015.
 
Click here to read more about these inspirational Indigenous speakers and WATCH THIS SPACE! More exciting announcements to come…

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The exciting challenge ahead...

The IAHA 2015 National Conference Committee face a challenging task… The quality and number of abstracts received by IAHA for our 2015 National Conference reached its highest level ever in 2015! Our fearless Committee now have the daunting task of choosing just 18 abstracts for inclusion in the jam-packed program and have been furiously reading and assessing abstracts this week so that successful presenters can be notified by Friday 10 July 2015. Visit www.iahaconference.com.au regularly to keep up with IAHA 2015 National Conference news.

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How are you contributing?

One of the best ways to raise your profile and demonstrate your commitment to achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality, is by supporting the IAHA 2015 national Conference and/or associated events. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available, so click here to find out more. 

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Are you ready for a Referendum?

If you’re still not sure what it’s all about, check out the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples final report. You can download report here to find out more.

A bipartisan parliamentary committee looking into constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders issued its final report on the matter on Thursday 25 June 2015. The committee recommends that a referendum be held on the matter of recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution, and that it be held at a time when it has the highest chance of success.

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Policy Update

IAHA recently provided comments on the first draft of the Accreditation Standard for entry-level Physiotherapy in Australia. Within the context of improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality, the first draft was a significant improvement compared to the previous accreditation standards. IAHA intends to provide more comprehensive feedback on the second draft when available and examine it alongside the accompanying document outlining evidence requirements. Several IAHA policy position statements have been revised and will be available on our website in July 2015. IAHA continues to contribute to the development of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, through the National Health Leadership Forum.

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"Why settle for good when things could be the best?" - Chastina's Journey into Pharmacy 

Chastina Heck is a Nywaigi Mamu Bidjara woman and is currently working as a clinical pharmacist at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. Read about Chastina Heck’s journey into Pharmacy here.

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Barunga Festival - "WOW! That’s all I can say…"

IAHA CEO Donna Murray and team member Judy Bell recently visited the Barunga Festival 5-7 June 2015 to build community relationships, increase awareness and promote pathways and careers in allied health. Click here to read Judy's reflection on her experience...
 
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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

Other Health News

Do You Care for Kids' Ears?

The Care for Kids’ Ears campaign is the first national campaign to target Indigenous ear disease. If you’re a health professional working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, there are free resources available which are aimed at providing awareness and prevention of otitis media. For more information click here.

What's the Harm?

The consumption of alcohol at high risk levels is a national issue, however, the focus of this inquiry was the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Download the June 2015 report 'Alcohol, hurting people and harming communities' from the inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities here.

Flavour of the Month - allied health workforce

In this edition of Australian Health Review you will find a special focus on allied health workforce, with articles such as:


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