Welcome to the October 2015 IAHA Newsletter.
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Only 1 month to go now!!! | Join the Social Media Buzz | New CPD endorsements for IAHA Conference | Implementation Plan Launch | Hot Off the Press - IAHA Student NewsIAHA AGM and Forum | Join IAHA SRC | Journey Into Allied HealthImportant Dates & Events | Other Health News

Be Quick - Only 1 month to go now!!!

Join delegates at the IAHA 2015 National Conference and:

  • Experience national and international perspectives from Indigenous keynote speakers in the allied and wider health, research, education and community sectors;
  • Develop professional and personal skills and knowledge through interactive workshops that focus on interprofessional approaches to motivational interviewing, autism spectrum disorders, resilience and reflective practice, eye health, managing change, Indigenous research, culturally safe and responsive practice and collaborative team-based problem solving;
  • Explore innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and allied health at over 20 concurrent presentations;
  • Build and strengthen relationships and experience national networking opportunities; and
  • Celebrate success at the IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards and Gala Dinner.
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Join the Social Media Buzz

If you follow IAHA on social media, you may have noticed a surge in activity recently... Get in on the action by following @IAHA_National, using #IAHA2015 in your tweets, retweeting and sharing IAHA Facebook posts with others in you networks. The excitement and momentum around the IAHA 2015 National Conference is building and we would love you to be part of it!
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New CPD endorsements for IAHA Conference

Have you met your CPD requirements this year? Don't stress, we've got you covered! Exercise & Sports Science Australia, Australian Physiotherapy Association, Osteopathy Australia and Australian Diabetes Educators Association have already endorsed the IAHA 2015 National Conference for CPD. More and more Professional Associations are coming on Board so watch this space.
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Long awaited Implementation Plan launched

IAHA was pleased to join other National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) members at the 22 October 2015 launch of the Australian Government’s Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023 in Canberra. Read more...

Click here to download a copy of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.
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Hot Off the Press - IAHA Student News

Driven by the IAHA Student Representative Committee (SRC), the First Edition of a student newsletter has been printed and sent to Universities across Australia. Offering study tips and tricks as well as showcasing some of our student members, a pdf copy of the newsletter can be downloaded here.
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Journey into Allied Health - Jessica Reardon

Jessica Reardon is a Wiradjuri woman, a descendent of Diana Mudgee and an occupational therapist (OT) who finished her studies in 2014, graduating from Sydney University in March, 2015. Born in North Sydney, Jessica is now a member of the Gandangara local Aboriginal land council. Read more of Jessica's story...

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IAHA Annual General Meeting 3 December 2015 and Nomination of Candidates for Board 

IAHA members are reminded to check their inbox for information about, and an invitation to participate in, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Indigenous Allied Health Australia Ltd (IAHA) to be held at 1.00pm (AEST/QLD time) Thursday 3 December 2015 at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel, 17 Abbott Street, Cairns City QLD 4870. The IAHA Board of Directors will be hosting a Members' Forum from 8.30am - 3pm on Thursday 3 December 2015 in conjunction with the AGM. IAHA is also currently calling for nominations for candidates for appointment as a Director (Graduate) or the Director (Student).

We urge members to please contact the IAHA secretariat on 02 6285 1010 should you have any queries or require further information. 

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Call for Nominations for the IAHA Student Representative Committee (SRC)

IAHA is currently calling for nominations from IAHA Full Members (student) for the IAHA Student Representative Committee (SRC). Nominations will be open until 6:00pm on Wednesday 2 December, 2015. Read more...

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Important Dates & Events

NAHC Pre-Conference workshop: Culturally Responsive Leadership in Action with Donna Murray and Kylie Stothers. 1-4pm, 9 November 2015, Melbourne, Australia. 

11th National Allied Health Conference (NAHC)
9 - 11 November 2015, Melbourne, Australia. 

ADEA’s Thought Leadership Lecture series, November 2015
 
Global Gathering for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide
16 – 19 November 2015, New Zealand

IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge
28 - 29 November 2015, Cairns Qld

2015 IAHA National Conference: Allied Health - Stepping into Action.
1 - 2 December 2015, Cairns Qld

IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards
1 December 2015, Cairns Qld

Other Health News

New Co-Chairs for National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has published the results of the 2015 Co-Chair elections. The successful candidates for the two most senior positions on the Congress National Board are:
  • Female Co-Chair Elect: Ms Jackie Huggins – a Bidjara/Birri Gubba Juru woman from Queensland
  • Male Co-Chair Elect: Mr Rod Little – Yamaji and Nyoongar man from WA.
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Apply Now - SARRAH Scholarship Closing Soon

SARRAH Undergraduate (Entry - Level) scholarships, valued up to $10,000 per year, close 3 November 2015.
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Revision of the IAS Guidelines 

The Australian Government is calling for people to have their say as it revises the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Guidelines.

A series of forums are being held with service providers and community members across the country to discuss how the guidelines can be improved to ensure everyone can make the most of the opportunities the IAS offers.
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Better access to medicines will help close the gap

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (The Guild) recently released a national Joint Position Paper calling for improvements in the CTG PBS Co-payment measure. Click here to read the position paper. Read more...
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Check out the new Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) website

The Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) has just launched a gorgeous new website! It is packed with excellent resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, and to the psychology curriculum. Read more...
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Translating research into action

A panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts will discuss what success looks like when the community drives the research. This inaugural seminar presented by the Lowitja Institute will be held 11.00am–12.30pm on Thursday, 19 November 2015 in Canberra. Read more...
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ADEA’s Thought Leadership Lecture series in November 2015

For the first time Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) will feature the internationally recognised Dr William Polonsky in a unique Thought Leadership Lecture series on ‘Emotion, behaviour and applied psychology in diabetes education’. Read more...
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Breast Cancer handbook for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Australia is proud to release Breast Cancer: a handbook for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers. Read more...
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Sharing stories of success in Aboriginal eye care

World Sight Day on 8 October 2015 was an important occasion, inviting us to think about ways we can work together to improve eye and vision care for everyone … everywhere. Read more...
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