2017 IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge

Applications will open 1 May 2017 and scholarships will be available from 1 July 2017.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), a national not for profit, member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation, will hold its 2017 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) 24 – 29 November 2017 in Perth in conjunction with its 2017 National Conference.

The IAHA HFTC is a fun and interactive learning experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students designed to educate the nation’s next generation of health care professionals in collaborative client care. Participating in the IAHA HFTC provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students with opportunities to experience working in an interprofessional team to solve problems and determine the best care for a person with complex care needs.

Students will be allocated into interprofessional teams and over two days (25-26 November 2017), with the guidance of profession Mentors, each team develops a management plan which reflects best practice for a complex case study. During the Heats, each team presents their plan to a panel of expert Judges and responds to a number of extension questions and activities under timed conditions. The Judges then select two teams to progress to the Final Showdown where they re-present their management plans and responded to an extension question in front of delegates at the IAHA 2017 National Conference.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can participate?
IAHA strongly encourages students in allied health disciplines to attend, however all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary health students are eligible to participate. All participants must be (or become) a full or associate member of IAHA (membership is free – click here to join). Preference will be given to 2nd, 3rd & 4th or final year students. Should we be overwhelmed with applications from any particular discipline we may need to cap numbers to ensure diversity within the interdisciplinary teams.

 

 

Are there costs involved?

Participation in the HFTC is free, however there may be costs associated for flights, accommodation and 2017 IAHA National Conference registration. IAHA scholarships will open 1 July 2017 however we also encourage you to seek support from your University to attend. We can assist you with this at your request.

 

What’s it all about?
The HFTC is a fun and interactive learning experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students designed to educate the nation’s next generation of health care professionals in collaborative client care.
How does the HFTC work?
 

 

 

  • Register for the HFTC and you will be randomly placed in a team of 4-6 students from a wide range of different health professions.
  • Each team is given the same complex case study and must work together over two days to problem solve and prepare a management plan to get your patient back on track.
  • Teams then present their plan to panel of expert judges and a live audience before responding to a range of interesting and challenging extension activities.
  • The two teams that demonstrate a mastery of teamwork and communication in the heats then go on to the Finals to compete in a Final Showdown which will be held at the 2017 IAHA National Conference.
How will being involved benefit me?
You will
  • Experience working in an interprofessional team to solve problems and determine the best care for a person with complex care needs
  • Be mentored by a number of experienced and inspirational mentors from a wide range of professions
  • Gain confidence in public speaking and presenting in front of small and large groups
  • Meet and make friends outside your profession and from across Australia
  • Grow your professional network and get noticed by employers even before you graduate