Welcome to the March 2016 IAHA Newsletter.
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Message from IAHA CEO  | Breaking News | APPreciating Culturally Responsive Pharmacies | IAHA attends World in Rural Health Launch | Speech Pathology 2030 Conversation | IAHA Media Release – Close the Gap | IAHA Celebrates International Women’s Day | Journey into Allied Health: Elly Wone | Important Dates & Events | Other Health News

Message from IAHA CEO

We are pleased to bring you the latest IAHA newsletter for March 2016. This month IAHA continued our support for the Close the Gap campaign, which celebrated its 10 year anniversary. On National Close the Gap Day (17 March), IAHA called for recognition of the essential role that our sector can play in achieving health equality. 

IAHA attended the Australian Pharmacy Professionals (APP) 2016 Conference on the Gold Coast this month, where we presented on Culturally Responsive Leadership. IAHA also held a webinar with our speech pathology members as part of the Speech Pathology 2030 consultation process, which provided a great avenue to discuss how speech pathology can continue to build on, and create culturally responsive and safe services with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are also excited to share a journey into allied health from Elly Wone, one of the fantastic young fitness instructors at the IAHA 2015 National Conference who, after meeting our conference delegates, decided to pursue a degree in Exercise Physiology.

Regards, Donna Murray


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Breaking News - 31 March 2016 

Released 31 March 2016 were a Joint Media Release ‘A Healthier Medicare for chronically-ill patients’ & Report to Government on the Findings of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group. Read more...
  • Click here to read full Joint Media Release – A Healthier Medicare for chronically-ill patients –  from The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister and The Hon Sussan Ley MP
  • Click here to access Full Report to Government on the Findings of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group December 2015 (disregard embargo note as this is passed).
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APPreciating Culturally Responsive Pharmacies

On Thursday 17 March 2016 IAHA CEO Donna Murray was pleased to present at the Rural Pharmacy Forum at the 2016 Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition (APP) on the Gold Coast. APP is The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s annual national conference and the largest pharmacy conference and trade show in Australia. Read more...

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IAHA attends World in Rural Health Launch

As a member of the National Rural Health Alliance, IAHA attended the A World of Rural Health (AWoRH) conference launch on 16 March 2016 at Parliament House in Canberra. The conference was officially opened by the Honorable Fiona Nash, Deputy Leader of the National Party and Minister for Rural Health. The AWoRH conference is being organised - Read more...

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Speech Pathology 2030 Conversation

On 11 March 2016 IAHA hosted a member-only conversation via webinar, so that IAHA speech pathology members had an opportunity to contribute to the Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) project Speech Pathology 2030  within an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context. 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. The project’s final report will be published in Speech Pathology Week in August 2016. Read more...

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IAHA Media Release – Close the Gap: Allied Health Standing Strong 10 years on


Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is an active member of the steering group of The Close the Gap Campaign, which is now in its 10th year and led by a coalition of more than 40 Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations committed to achieving health equality by 2030.

On National Close the Gap Day, 17 March 2016, it is important to celebrate the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families, communities and organisations who work toward improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Read more...

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IAHA Celebrates International Women’s Day


In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2016, IAHA would like to acknowledge some of the many extraordinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have made a significant contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of people across this nation. Read more...

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Elly Wone: From Fitness Instructor to Exercise Physiologist




Elly Wone is a Waribarra, Mamu, Jirrbal woman living in Cairns, Queensland. Elly was born in Innisfail and grew up just outside of Innisfail on her Waribarra clan area. There she spent a lot of time outdoors learning about the rainforest. Read more...

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Important Dates & Events

7 April 2016 - World Health Day 2016: Diabetes

8 April 2016 - Applications close for APS Graduate Program 2017

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

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

 
30 April 2016 - Abstracts close for the 11th Allied Health Scientific Conference Malaysia 2016, 6-7 September 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

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

RDAA urges Federal Politicians to Value Mental Health

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) held a Breakfast Briefing with Federal Politicians at Parliament House in Canberra ahead of the release their position paper entitled “Mental Health Care in Rural Australia – Key Issues”.
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RFDS research calls for national injury prevention and safety promotion plan

On the 7th March 2016 the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) released research titled The Royal Flying Doctor Service: Responding to injuries in remote and rural Australia.
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Government Announces $2.5 Million to Support Closing the Gap in Eye Health

Senator Fiona Nash, Minister for Rural Health and Deputy Leader of the Nationals, has announced $2.5 million in funding to provide continued support to the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.
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The National Rural Health Alliance Announces Interim CEO

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) would like to congratulate The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) who announced the appointment of Kim Webber as Interim CEO. Kim will take up the position on 4 April 2016.
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