Welcome to the December 2015 IAHA Newsletter.
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Welcome to the final edition of the IAHA Newsletter for 2015.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays
from the Board and Staff of IAHA.


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IAHA 2015 National Conference Wrap Up | 2nd Collaboration Agreement Celebrated | The 2015 IAHA HFTC Champions are... | Inspirational Achievers Recognised at 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health AwardsIAHA 2016 Student Representative Committee (SRC) AnnouncedOther Health News | Important Dates & Events

IAHA 2015 National Conference Wrap Up

Over 200 delegates attended the IAHA 2015 National Conference, Allied Health – Stepping into Action, 1 â€“ 2 December 2015 at the Pullman Cairns International in Cairns, Queensland. 

Holding cultures and unique perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as central, our diverse range of expert Indigenous keynote speakers, interactive workshops and concurrent sessions provided action-orientated approaches, strengths-based strategies and examples of culturally responsive practice that broadened our perspectives and knowledge. The shared understandings and networks developed will lead to positive promotion of and approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We invite you to have a look at a selection of photos uploaded onto the IAHA 2015 National Conference website and keep checking back as we will continue to add to the photo galleries over time. PDF versions of presentations will also be uploaded here over the next month.

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2nd Collaboration Agreement Celebrated

The IAHA 2015 National Conference Welcome Event celebrated the signing of the second Collaboration Agreement between Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and Australian Council of Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Health Sciences (ACPDHS).

Both organisations highlighted that they remain committed and responsive to the allied health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This includes increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the allied health workforce, fostering a community centred and priority driven allied health research agenda for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and strengthening the cultural competence of allied health graduates. 

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And the IAHA 2015 HFTC Champions are… ‘Shark Bait IAHA’!!!

big congratulations to Elainah (Social Work), Nathan (Mental Health), Jacinta (Exercise Science), Tahnee (Occupational Therapy), Simone (Speech Pathology) and Brylie (Medicine) who made up the winning interdisciplinary team and were judged to have demonstrated the greatest mastery of teamwork and communication throughout the course of the event. These six inspirational students truly embodied the concept of interprofessional collaboration – overcoming obstacles and working together to take out the title of IAHA 2015 HFTC Champions. 

Click here to read more and view photo gallery.
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Inspirational high achievers recognised at IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards

The  IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards were held on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at the Pullman Cairns International, Cairns during the IAHA 2015 National Conference, where the 6 inspirational winners were announced at a gala dinner.

Congratulations to Professor Kerry Arabena, Kimberley Hunter, Sarah Logan, Samara Dargan, Jordana Stanford and Lin Oke who were recognised for their outstanding achievements. Click here to read more about our winners and view photo gallery.

Tiwi Island band B2M went above and beyond to entertain guests at the IAHA 2015 National Conference gala dinner. Due to popular demand, they came back for encore after encore and kept everyone moving on the dance floor.

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IAHA 2016 Student Representative Committee (SRC) announced

Please join us in welcoming the following Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student members to the IAHA 2016 SRC:

  • Celeste Brand (social work)
  • Kirrilaa Johnstone (exercise science)
  • Kirsty Nichols (health science)
  • Lauren Hutchinson (optometry)
  • Mark Mann (osteopathy)
  • Nellie Pollard-Wharton (social work)
  • Tracey Hardy (nutrition and dietetics)
  • Will Kennedy (mental health)
  • Zoe King (speech pathology)

We look forward to their valuable contributions in 2016 as they advise the IAHA Board of Directors on issues and strategies affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health students.

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Other Health News

Allied Health Rural Generalist Training Positions (AHRGTP) initiative evaluation report released

The Allied Health Rural Generalist Training Positions (AHRGTP) initiative commenced in January 2014 with the implementation of eleven supernumerary, development-focussed positions in rural and remote health services.

AIHW Report Released: Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease – Australian facts: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease—Australian facts is a series of 5 reports by the National Centre for Monitoring Vascular Diseases at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that describe the combined burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Released – Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Treatment Service Sector: Harnessing Good Intentions

This 2014 report reviews the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment service sector.

Launch of the Social Justice and Native Title Report 2015

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, launched his Social Justice and Native Title Report 2015 on 4 December 2015 in Sydney.

Bronchiectasis Toolbox – new online resource available

The Bronchiectasis Toolbox, which can be found at  www.bronchiectasis.com.au is a multidisciplinary educational website for health professionals providing an online resource for the management of people with bronchiectasis.

Where are the highest rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations?

To find out, check out the Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14 released 10 December 2015.

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Important Dates & Events

Free NRHA Webinar – “What will the new national approach to mental health services mean for people in rural and remote areas?”

10.00am-11.00am Eastern Summer Time, Thursday 17 December 2015.

IAHA Office Closure 

The IAHA office will be closed for Christmas and New Year from 12pm on 24 December 2015, reopening Monday 4 January 2016.

Caring for Country Kids Conference

17-19 April 2016. Children’s Healthcare Australasia (CHA) and the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) are joining forces to host a national Conference on quality healthcare for children and young people living in rural, regional and remote communities across Australia.

NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship 2016 

Applications for the NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship for 2016 are now open and close on 15 February 2016.

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