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Healthy Ears Program Extended

The Government today committed $29.4 million to extend the Healthy Ears – Better Hearing, Better Listening Program, to help ensure tens of thousands more Indigenous children and young adults grow up with good hearing and the opportunities it brings. Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM said the program would be extended until 2021-22, expanding on […]

New Joint Select Committee: Engagement Sought

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (National Congress) endorses the establishment of a Joint Select Committee on constitutional recognition. We also acknowledge that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 (the Act) is due to sunset on 28th March 2018. The formation and aims of this committee necessarily must build on […]

New competency standards launched for Australian occupational therapists

The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia launched the new Australian occupational therapy competency standards (AOTCS) 2018 on Monday 21 February 2018. IAHA consulted with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Occupational Therapist Members and submitted comprehensive feedback into these new standards and is pleased that our assertions and recommendations have been taken on board and […]

NATSIHWA encourages using a ‘Scope of Practice’ for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association (NATSIHWA) has today launched a supportive publication, the National Framework for Determining Scope of Practice for the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Health Practitioner workforce. The Framework is designed to support Employers and Managers to work with their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait […]


Download Close the Gap – 10-year review here.  Australian governments must join forces with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to urgently address the national shame of a widening life expectancy gap for our nation’s First Peoples. The Close the Gap campaign will today release a 10-year review of the Closing the Gap Strategy. Close […]

2018 Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Open Now

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is designed to encourage and assist undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce. The scheme provides scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry-level health course. Full-time scholarship awardees will receive up to $15,000 per year and part-time recipients […]

IAHA Members interested in becoming a member of the National Board for your profession?

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has advertised for applicants to be appointed to several of the National Boards for regulated health professions. There are several vacancies on national, state and territory professional Boards, including allied health professional Boards. IAHA members may be interested the following: Chiropractic; Dental; Optometry; Osteopathy; Pharmacy; Physiotherapy; Podiatry; Psychology; […]