2017 IAHA Award Winners

2017 IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards

In a night of fun and flare, the IAHA 2017 National Allied Health Awardees were announced at IAHA’s annual National Allied Health Awards and Gala Dinner. The 2017 awards were held in Scarborough, Western Australia. The awards included a special performance by local Indigenous soul duo, The Merindas. 

The National Allied Health Awards is an opportunity to recognise the incredible contribution our members make to their professions and improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and our communities.

2017 Award Winners 

IAHA Lifetime Achievement Award – Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people of Central Queensland. He is well known in Indigenous affairs throughout Australia, having advocated and represented on behalf of Aboriginal people for the last 25 years. Mick possesses extensive experience working in remote, rural and urban environments, and has knowledge of the diversity of circumstance and cultural nuances of Indigenous peoples throughout Australia. 

Mick Gooda is a former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and served as a Commissioner of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. 

About the Allied Health Professional of the Year

The Allied Health Professional of the Year is awarded to an IAHA full member graduate who has worked in a relevant field for at least 5 years. The award recognises the recipients commitment, dedication and contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families /or communities within their profession. 

Video Message from Prof. Tom Calma AO, IAHA Patron

Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health Award – Michale Chandler

Michale is a proud has been an active student member since 2012. She is currently in her final year of study in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at James Cook University (JCU), Townsville. In 2017, she will be the first student to complete a Bachelor of Physiotherapy through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program IHCAP process in the history of JCU.

Michale’s capacity as a JCU tutor for Indigenous health students has created a platform to demonstrate leadership qualities and inspire other students to succeed throughout their university experience.

 

Lowitja InstituteProudly Sponsored by: The Lowitja Institute
Prize: $1,000

 

About the Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health Award

The Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health Award is awarded to an IAHA full member (student) who is currently enrolled in an entry-level allied health degree, that has demonstrated strong leadership capabilities. The award also recognises the awardees commitment to their studies while also being a role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Indigenous Allied Health Student Academic Achievement Award – Ash Wright

Ash is in her final 2 years of study with Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with a distinction average. Ash has worked as a volunteer in her community transporting Elders to doctors and shopping. She dances as part of a Koori women’s group and attends many gatherings doing clearings. She has helped a local elder for 2 years to get a plaque at the mission where she was taken to acknowledge it was there and let us all heal

 

MICRRH-JCU

Proudly Sponsored by: The Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University 

Prize: $1,000

 

About the Indigenous Allied Health Student Academic Achievement Award

The Indigenous Allied Health Student Academic Achievement Award is awarded to an IAHA full member student who has consistently demonstrated high academic progress throughout their allied health course and who has demonstrated a contribution to university life and/or community and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Indigenous Allied Health Inspiration Award –  Celeste Brand

Celeste Brand is an Eastern Arrernte/Arabana woman, born and raised on Arrernte country in Alice Springs. She joined IAHA in 2014 as a second year Social Work student studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Curtin University in Perth. Celeste participated in multiple professional development opportunities and was a member of the IAHA Student Representative Committee in 2015 until the end of 2016 when she graduated. She is now working as a Social Worker in Alice Springs. 

 

PHESTAroudly Sponsored by: HESTA
Prize: $1,000

 

 

 

About the Allied Health Inspiration Award

The Allied Health Inspiration Award is awarded to IAHA full members who has demonstrated the ability to inspire others through their positive approach to their personal and professional allied health journeys – overcoming challenges and taking a strengths-based approach to success. The award also recognises the recipient’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Commitment to Indigenous Health Award – Kirsty Nichols

Kirsty is proud of her Muran, Wurrumangu and Kungarakun heritage. Kirsty’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be seen through her engagement with her national networks, mentoring and contributions to community.

Kirsty has been an active member of IAHA since joining in 2014 volunteering at IAHA Stalls, committees and mentoring program. She continues to value add and contribute to IAHA priorities freely and has participated in the HFTC over the past three years. She also serves on the Board of Management for Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin. Kirsty is an inspirational leader and role model for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, students, her family and her community. 

PHESTAroudly Sponsored by: HESTA
Prize: $1,000

 

 

 

 

About the Commitment to Indigenous Health Award

The Commitment to Indigenous Allied Health Award is awarded to an IAHA Associate Member who has demonstrated a commitment and contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through allied health, and, who has demonstrated cultural responsiveness in the delivery of services/programs/initiatives to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Indigenous Allied Health Professional of the Year Award – Associate Professor Gregory Phillips 

Gregory Phillips is from the Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal Australian peoples, and comes from Cloncurry and Mount Isa.

He is a medical anthropologist, has a PhD in psychology (‘Dancing With Power: Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education’), a research master’s degree in medical science (‘Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country’; published as a book in 2003), and a bachelor degree in arts (Aboriginal Studies and Government majors).

Gregory has twenty years work experience in healing, alcohol and other drugs, youth empowerment, medical education and health workforce. He developed an accredited Indigenous health curriculum for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, and co-wrote a national Indigenous health workforce strategy. He established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Ltd in the wake of the federal apology to Indigenous Australians, has advised federal ministers on Indigenous health inequality, and was honoured in 2011 with an ADC Australian Leadership Forum Award.

Gregory is currently Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting, and an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

 

PHESTAroudly Sponsored by: HESTA
Prize: $1,000

 

 

 

About the Allied Health Professional of the Year

The Allied Health Professional of the Year is awarded to an IAHA full member graduate who has worked in a relevant field for at least 5 years. The award recognises the recipients commitment, dedication and contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families /or communities within their profession.