Welcome to the May 2016 IAHA Newsletter.
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Message from IAHA CEO | We're Seeking Expressions of Interest | Save the Date: IAHA National Forum & Awards | National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2016 | IAHA Attends Launch of National Palliative Care Week | Successful Cultural Responsiveness Workshop at DAA 2016 | Nicola Barker's Journey into Social Work | Our Response to NATIONAL BUDGET 2016-2017 | IAHA Informal Networking Opportunity, DarwinImportant Dates & Events | Other Health News | Job Alerts |

Message from IAHA CEO

In this month's newsletter IAHA is pleased to announce the dates for the IAHA 2016 Natinoal Forum and Awards, which will be held from the 29th November - 1 December 2016. This is a great professional development opportunity for allied health students and professionals as well as wider related sectors such as health, education, academia and government. 

This month we recognised the Stolen Generation on National Sorry Day, 26 May. The day presented a timely reminder of the need for continued investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled health and wellbeing initiatives to support the healing of our People. 

In this newsletter you'll find IAHA student member Nicola Barker's journey into social work. Nicola is a proud Aboriginal woman with a strong passion to see those in rural and remote communities have equitable access to healthcare. 

IAHA will be holding an informal networking opportunity for our members in Darwin. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with IAHA and also network with local members. 

We welcome your feedback on our newsletters and IAHA's broader initiatives by contacting the secretariat.  

Thank you for your continued support and involvement. 

Donna Murray

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We're Seeking Expressions of Interest 

Do you have skills and experience in research and data analysis? Can you communicate research findings effectively? Are you passionate about achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality? IAHA has a short term research based opportunity to build a strong story around the impact of allied health within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to send an expression of interest to the IAHA CEO at donna@iaha.com.au, outlining your experience and samples of your work if relevant.

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Save the Date: IAHA National Forum & Awards

Mark your calendars! The IAHA 2016 National Forum and Awards will be held in Canberra, ACT from the 29 November - 1 December 2014.

The IAHA National Forum offers great professional development workshops for allied health graduates, students and the wider health workforce. The purpose of the IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards is to recognise the contribution of IAHA members to their profession and/or improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Registrations and nominations will open on 1 July 2016. More information to follow. 

Please note we understand there has been some confusion about our National Forum and an international Indigenous allied health conference which will take place in 2016. The IAHA 2016 National Forum is the only major event we will hold this year.

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National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2016

On the 26th of May, National Sorry Day, IAHA recognised members of the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. This year marked 19 years since the Bringing Them Home Report (1997) was released.The report told the stories of the thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families. Eleven years after report, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd implemented one of the recommendations in the report and apologised to the Stolen Generation on behalf of the country.

IAHA joined in the launch of Reconciliation Week 2016 at the Reconciliation Australia Dinner held in Melbourne on the 27th May 2016. This year marked the 25th anniversary since the establishment of the Council for Reconciliation Australia (CAR) and 10 years since the Reconciliation Action Plan Program. 


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IAHA Attends Launch of National Palliative Care Week 

Donna Murray (CEO) and Kylie Stothers (Workforce Development Officer) attended the launch of National Palliative Care Week (22-28 May). The theme for this year is Living Well – with Chronic Illness.

National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia. This year’s theme is about raising awareness for the need for people with advanced chronic illness to be able to access palliative care.


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 Nicola Barker's Journey into Social Work

Nicola Louise Barker is a Ngemba Murriwarri woman from Brewarrina, far west New South Wales studying social work at the Australian Catholic University. “I am a strong proud Aboriginal woman from my community; I represent my family and my country. My family and community are the most important things in my life. I feel it is my duty to give back to my community in a big way”. Nicola also comes from a family of social workers; both her parents worked as social workers in far west NSW. 


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Our Response to NATIONAL BUDGET 2016-2017

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) asserts that a strong and visible commitment by governments to building a culturally safe and responsive health system that provides equitable access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to allied health services is required in order to really make a difference. This was not evident in the National Budget 2016-2017, where the focus was unapologetically on ensuring ‘Australia continues to successfully transition from the mining investment boom to a stronger, more diversified, new economy’. 


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Successful Cultural Responsiveness Workshop at DAA 2016 

On the 19th May,  IAHA CEO, Donna Murray, and IAHA Workforce Development Officer, Kylie Stothers, delivered a workshop at the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) 33rd National Conference (19-21 May) in Melbourne.  The workshop titled: Cultural Responsiveness attracted 30 participants and was well received. 


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IAHA Informal Networking Opportunity, Darwin

Indigenous Allied Health Australia would like to invite you to an informal networking opportunity on the 7th of June 2016 at the Darwin Trailer Boat Club, 8 Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay, Darwin NT. The networking opportunity will take place from 5:00PM. This is a casual event aimed to provide members with the opportunity yarn with IAHA CEO, Donna Murray and other local IAHA members. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kylie Stothers on kylie@iaha.com.au or 0427 280 277 by Tuesday, 7th June 2016. 

Download invitation. 

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Important Dates & Events

27 May - 3 June 2016 - National Reconciliation Week

3 June 2016 - Mabo Day 

8 June, 2016 - IAHA Informal Networking Opportunity, Darwin NT

9-11 June 20162016 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference, Darwin, NT

22-23 June 2016 - NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Forum 2016: Celebrating Success, Hunter Valley, NSW

3-10 July 2016 - NAIDOC Week
11-14 October 2016 - 4th National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Conference, Adelaide, SA

16–17 October 2016 - 6th Global Forum on Health PromotionCanada

8-10 November 2016 - Lowitja International Health and Wellbeing Conference, Melbourne

27-29 November - IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge, Canberra, ACT 

29 November-1 December 2016 - IAHA National Forum and Awards, Canberra, ACT
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

New AIHW report: Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia 2014 - See more at:

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released the report “Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia 2014”. The report has found incident rates for insulin-treated Type 2 Diabetes was three times as high in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than non-indigenous Australians. 
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2016 AES conference support grants for Emerging Indigenous Evaluators

The 2016 Australian Evaluation Society (AES) Conference are offering a number of Conference Support Grants to assist emerging Indigenous evaluators from the Australasian region to attend AES16 International Evaluation Conference. The grants cover conference attendance and pre-conference workshop registration fees
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New publication confirms important improvements in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched their annual overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015. Click here to read the 16 May 2016 HealthInfoNet Media Release announcing the release. 
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Are you a Health Science student interested in a unique rural placement?

The WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) offers students and universities the opportunity for clinical or project placements focused on Indigenous health and inter-professional practice. Placements are based in Geraldton or Karratha with opportunities for outreach at centres such as Mt Magnet, Yalgoo and Roebourne.
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Job Alerts 

The positions listed below are for your information only. Indigenous Allied Health Australia does not seek to endorse any of the positions, organisations, material or statements contained within.

Podiatrist (Full-time fixed term) Position (closes 10 June 2016)
Based in Cairns – Servicing Cape York Communities

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is currently seeking applicants for the role of Podiatrist (Full-time fixed term position). Follow the link to find out more about the vacancy  Click here

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Optometrist / Project Development Officer: Aboriginal Vision Program, Northern Territory

Full-time position, 12 month contract. Based in Darwin, Northern Territory

Click here for more information.

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