Most allied health professions have a professional association that are the national peak bodies in their profession who provide support such as, but not limited to, strategic leadership, advocacy, education, accreditation/registration and professional development.
IAHA works closely with professional associations in building positive working relationships and partnerships to assist us in meeting our core objectives outlined in the IAHA Strategic Plan 2012-2017.
In working with professional associations IAHA can provide strategic direction on Indigenous health, provide advice on cultural competence and be an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals on workforce issues, career development, scholarships, specific project initiatives and encourage strategies to improving access to allied health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Allied health professional associations will provide additional information on the requirements for their given profession and the support and initiatives they provide.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health
Currently not represented by a professional association
Dietitians Association of Australia (Dietetics and Nutrition)
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Sports Science)
Occupational Therapy Australia (Occupational therapy)
Optometrists Association Australia (Optometry)
Orthoptics Australia (Orthoptics)
The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association Inc (Orthotics & Prosthetics)
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Community Pharmacy)
Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (Hospital Pharmacy)
Australian Physiotherapy Council (Physiotherapy)
Australasian Podiatry Council (Podiatry)
Australian Association of Practice Managers (Practice Managers)
Australian Institute of Radiography (Radiography, Medical Radiation)
Australian Association of Social Workers (Social Work)
Click here to view the AASW practitioner resource page
Australian Sonographers Association (Sonography, Diagnostic Imaging)
There are other organisations that support allied health professions that provide education, professional development and support to allied health professionals:
Allied Health Professions Australia
Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association
National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Physiotherapists
National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Workers
Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)