2014 IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards

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2014 Indigenous Allied Health Award Winners:

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L-R: John EganCommitment to Indigenous Health Award, Stevie RaymondFuture Leader in Indigenous Allied Health Award, Danielle DriesAllied Health Inspiration Award, Rani LawlerIndigenous Allied Health Professional of the Year Award, Betty Ah Kit (on behalf of Nathan Canuto) – Indigenous Allied Health Student Academic Achievement Award, Dr Tom CalmaIAHA Life Time Achievement Award

The purpose of the Indigenous Allied Health Awards is to recognise the contribution of IAHA members to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Indigenous Allied Health Awards showcase the outstanding achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health and provides identifiable allied health role models to inspire all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider and pursue a career in allied health.

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash was guest speaker at the 2014 awards and her speech can be found here.

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Dr Tom Calma receiving his IAHA Life Time Achievement Award from IAHA Chairperson Faye McMillan and IAHA CEO Donna Murray

 2014 IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Award Winners:

Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health Award

Winner – Ms Stevie Raymond

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Prize: $1,000

This award was open to all current IAHA Full Members (Student) enrolled in an entry level allied health degree who demonstrate leadership capabilities, a commitment to their studies and leadership journey and are an inspirational role model for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

About the Winner

Award winner Stevie Raymond is a young Indigenous woman who was the first Indigenous student at University of Wollongong to complete a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics. She is forging the way for other Indigenous people to embark on a career in this critical area of need within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She graduated in mid 2014 with Grade 1 Honours and received an award for the Deans Merit List for high achieving students.

Stevie constantly seeks opportunities to enhance her leadership capabilities and actively participates in opportunities with IAHA, the Indigenous centre at UOW and the wider community to build on her leadership qualities.

Stevie attended the IAHA student leadership workshop and IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge in 2013 demonstrating her strong team skills. All of these experiences helped her to identify areas of herself personally and professionally which she could improve upon, and helped further highlight her passion for working in Indigenous health.

She attended the Fourth Annual Critical Dietetics Conference held in Chicago, USA this year where she presented as part of a 3 part symposium themed ‘Presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dietitians in the Australian dietetics workforce’.  The presentation looked at Indigenising the dietetic profession; strengths and barriers for Indigenous people becoming dietitians and the importance of having more Indigenous health professionals to Close the Gap.

 

Indigenous Allied Health Student Academic Achievement Award

Winner – Mr Nathan Canuto

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Prize: $1,000

This award was open to all current IAHA Full Members (Student) currently completing their two final years of an entry level allied health course. They must have demonstrated consistently high academic progress throughout their allied health course; contribution to university life and/or community and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; and evidence of being an inspirational role model for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

About the Winner

Nathan Canuto is a 30 years old Torres Strait Islander man from Cairns in Far North Queensland. He is currently studying in his final year of a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) degree at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in the Northern Territory. Nathan has demonstrated consistently high academic progress throughout the course and has a current course grade point average of 6.75 out of a possible 7.

He was recently awarded the ‘2014 Top End NAIDOC Scholar of the Year’ award and in addition to his studies and other commitments, is an active member of the IAHA Student Representative Committee. Nathan has been the Indigenous Student Ambassador for the CDU Office of Indigenous Academic Support since 2013 and participates regularly in university events such as school/community group visits, Open Days, Scholarship and other ceremonies.

Nathan actively volunteers his time for IAHA events such as career expos and school visits and is an inspirational role model and mentor for enrolled students and future students who visit the university.

 

Indigenous Allied Health Professional of the Year Award

Winner – Rani Lawler

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Prize: $1,000

This award was open to current IAHA Full Members (Graduate) who have graduated from an entry level allied health degree; demonstrated commitment, dedication and contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families /or communities within their profession; and an inspirational role model for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Allied Health Inspiration Award

Winner – Danielle Dries

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Prize: $1,000

This award was open to current IAHA Full Members (Graduate or Student) who have demonstrated 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; Demonstrated commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and an inspirational role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

About the Winner

Danielle Dries is a Kaurna-Meyunna woman originally from South Australia who has spent most of her life in Canberra. She completed a physiotherapy degree in 2011 at Charles Sturt University while overcoming many major obstacles throughout this time. Upon graduation she commenced working as a physiotherapist in a hospital setting where she enjoyed being part of an interdisciplinary team of health professionals.

Danni loves the country and in the future sees herself working in a regional, rural or remote community. She has a passion for working in Indigenous health, in particular preventative health. Due to a lack of rural and remote career options in Indigenous health for allied health professionals, Danni decided to pursue a career in medicine and commenced her studies at the Australian National University where has won the prestigious Dr Peter Sharp scholarship.

As a 1st year medical student Danni is still active in promoting all health professions to rural and Indigenous students, working hard to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to study and work in areas of allied health. She actively volunteers for IAHA at many community and career events; sharing her story and experiences with young people and advocating how good health can prevent or delay disease and improve quality of life.

In 2013 Danni actively participated in the Murra Mullagari Health Careers workshop hosted by Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and is still mentoring a year 12 Aboriginal student in Laidley QLD. She actively promotes the importance of understanding Indigenous health to other ANU medical students and this year helped organise an interdisciplinary skills night run by ANU rural medical society. Danni is an active participant in leadership development, attending the IAHA and other Indigenous leadership programs and sharing those experiences and learnings with others around her.

 

Commitment to Indigenous Health Award

Winner – John Egan

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Prize: $1,000

This award was open to current IAHA Associate Members (Individual or Corporate) who have demonstrated commitment and contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through allied health; Demonstrated cultural responsiveness in the delivery of services/programs/initiatives to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and an inspirational role model in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

About the Winner

John Egan is a Yorta Yorta, Wemba Wemba man renowned for his gentle agreeable nature and sense of humour. Beginning work at an early age as a tradesman, John has a long experience in dealing with people from all walks of life.  He is an outstanding team leader at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Family Counselling Services, in Preston, Victoria.

John is currently a team leader working in Adult Mental Health and Social & Emotional Well-Being. His work involves a broad range of people-oriented tasks and requires him to be adaptable, pragmatic and compassionate. In addition he co-ordinates a team of 19 staff, including intake workers, outreach workers, drug and alcohol workers, counsellors, doctors, nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists.

He provides leadership, guidance and supervision for all of his staff.  John is often called upon to deal with people in heightened states of distress or to respond to crisis situations.  He does this magnificently with patience, empathy and understanding.

John convenes an Aboriginal men’s healing group at Minajalku Healing Centre. The men meet regularly where they share and receive social and cultural support. John’s love for his community and his passion for men’s well-being is reflected in the trust these men show towards him.

An all-round sportsperson, John is a former Board Member of both Rumbalara Football Club and the Fitzroy Stars. He is currently President of the Indigenous Golf Association of Victoria and is a strong believer in providing a culturally strong sporting environment for young Aboriginal people.

One of John’s greatest strengths is his deep understanding of Aboriginal perspectives on wellbeing and mental health that comes from years of personal and professional experience, and community work. This year John’s expertise was recognised as he now sits on the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander committee.

John gives generously and tirelessly to his community and is a most deserving winner of this Award for his years of dedicated work and commitment to Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

 

IAHA Life Time Achievement Award

Winner Dr Tom Calma

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Awarded to an IAHA Full Member for long standing commitment in their profession and in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Selection Criteria – As determined by the Board

Awarded to an IAHA Full Member for long standing commitment in their profession and in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

About the Winner

Dr Tom Calma started his health career as a social worker in the late 1970s and is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Coburg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia, respectively. Involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level and having worked in the public sector for 40 years, Dr Calma has served in roles in Australia relating to Indigenous and mainstream employment, community development and education.

Dr Calma is on a number of boards and committees focussing on rural and remote Australia, health, education, justice reinvestment, reconciliation and economic development. In 2010 he was appointed National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking to lead the fight against tobacco use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

From 2004 to 2010 Dr Calma was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission and from 2004 until 2009 the Race Discrimination Commissioner. He is a strong advocate for Indigenous rights and empowerment and has spearheaded initiatives including the Close the Gap for Indigenous Health Equality Campaign, the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, development of the inaugural National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy, and Justice Reinvestment.

Dr Calma was the Senior Adviser to the Minister of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and a senior Australian diplomat in India and Vietnam representing Australia’s interests in education and training from 1995 to 2002.

In 2010 Dr Calma was awarded an honorary doctor of letters from Charles Darwin University in recognition of decades of public service, particularly in relation to his work in education, training and employment in Indigenous communities. He was then awarded an honorary doctor of science from Curtin University in recognition of his work, advocacy and leadership in Indigenous health reform and Indigenous affairs in 2011.

In 2012 Dr Calma received an Order of Australia; Officer of the General Division (AO) for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as an advocate for human rights and social justice, through contributions to government policy and reform, and to cross cultural understanding. He was announced as ACT Australian of the Year 2013 for his work as an inspirational advocate for human rights and social justice having dedicated his life to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. In 2014 Dr Calma became the 6th Chancellor of the University of Canberra and the first Indigenous male Chancellor of an Australian university.

 

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2013 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards - Archive

2013 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards

The 2013 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards were held on 26 November 2013 at the Hilton Adelaide during the second national conference Healthy Footprints – Leading Generational Change. You can Click here to view a photo gallery from the 2013 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

The 2013 award winners for each category were:

1.  Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health Award – proudly sponsored by the Healing Foundation

This award celebrates the achievement of an IAHA Full Student Member who is currently enrolled in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate allied health degree who has demonstrated significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and/or health and is an inspirational role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Awards1Winner: Matthew West – Matthew is proud Wiradjuri man who is very active in his local community and is described by the Chairperson of his local Aboriginal Medical Service as “a young leader and role model for Aboriginal children and young people on the Central Coast of NSW, displaying many of the skills one would expect to see in a Future Leader; his years of study speak of his determination, devotion and ability to execute his plans in an effort to achieve any goal.” She goes on to say he is “a man of empathy, determined to do well not for himself but for the benefit of his community”. In 2012 Matthew was chosen to participate in the Wallatuka Indigenous Students Leadership Program, travelling to both Canada and the USA to experience other Indigenous cultures and build upon his existing leadership qualities. He is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Podiatry at Newcastle University and is the first podiatry student to successfully apply for a NSW Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship.

2.  Indigenous Allied Health Student Achievement Award – proudly sponsored by The Australian Council of Pro Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Health Sciences

This award celebrates the achievement of a current IAHA Full Student Member in their final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate allied health course who has shown consistent academic progress throughout their allied health course and demonstrated contribution to university life, their community and/or Indigenous health.


Awards2Winner: Trevor Ritchie
– Trevor is a Kaurna man and is currently involved in the revival of the Kaurna language. He is in his final year of his Occupational Therapy degree at the University of South Australia and academically has always performed at an above average level according to his Program Director. He works as a mentor to Aboriginal students of primary and preschool ages, which has sparked a passion to work in Paediatrics with Aboriginal children following his graduation. Trevor has served on steering committees and has been a strong advocate for Aboriginal issues, occupational therapy and culturally appropriate practice within the University of South Australia. He is described as a leader among Indigenous students on campus and actively involved in activities within the Indigenous Student Support Unit for the University’s Division of Health Science. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2012 South Australian Aboriginal Young Achiever Award.

3.  Indigenous Allied Health Professional of the Year Award – proudly sponsored by Dietitians Association of Australia

This award celebrates the achievement of an IAHA Graduate Full Member who has completed an undergraduate allied health degree and has made significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and/or health and is an inspirational role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Awards3Winner: Tara Lewis
– Tara Lewis is a Jiman woman from the Taroom country of Western Queensland. She grew up in Brisbane and graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2002. She is described as “a strong, deadly Murri woman who is committed to providing and advocating for culturally responsive speech pathology services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.” Tara is a longstanding member of IAHA and was previously an IAHA Board member. Over the past two years she has developed a culturally appropriate speech pathology assessment tool for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and in 2013 has presented at both the National Allied Health Conference and IAHA conference. She has a passion for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and has been working in that area for 11 years. She currently works with the ‘Institute for Urban Indigenous Health’ in Brisbane where she is the clinical lead in speech pathology, provides clinical Speech Pathology Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and provides supervision to students on practicum placements. Tara is a guest lecturer at the University of Queensland and James Cook University and also runs a private practice called ‘All About Speech’, providing accessible and affordable services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

4.  Commitment to Indigenous Health Award – proudly sponsored by SARRAH (co-presented by Rod Wellington, CEO SARRAH)

This award celebrates the achievement of an IAHA Associate Members (individual or organisation) who actively contributes to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through allied health and is an inspirational role model in Indigenous health.

Awards4Winner: Grace Ward –  Grace Ward is a Kamilaroi woman who is passionate about alleviating the health disadvantage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As an Aboriginal Health Worker, she has been working with community in the diabetes space for over two years.

Grace has been described as an outstanding professional, colleague and a community leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Queensland. Besides the many diabetes programs, educational seminars and community engagement activities that she has led and continues to lead, she is also recognised as a mentor to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.  In additional to this she provides advice and support to non-Indigenous health professionals across her organisation, ensuring programs and services delivered meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

She is in her final semester of a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management, which is self-funded and undertaken while managing full-time work and family commitments. Throughout her course Grace has been able to utilise the knowledge and skills gain through completion of her course to enhance current diabetes programs and services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

She currently works as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Diabetes Queensland where her colleagues state she is “involved, dedicated and caring, her outstanding qualities making her a worthy and a deserving candidate for this award.”

5.  IAHA Life Time Achievement Award

This award celebrates the achievements of an IAHA Full Member who has demonstrated long standing commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Awards5Winner: Professor Pat Dudgeon
 – Pat Dudgeon has a long history of involvement in working to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing and was an inaugural board member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia back in 2009.

She is from the Bardi people of the Kimberley in Western Australia and is a professor at the School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia. She is a psychologist and is well known for her significant involvement in psychology and Indigenous issues, and for her leadership in Indigenous higher education. Pat is passionate about working in ways that empower and develop Indigenous people. In 2008, she was the first Aboriginal psychologist to be awarded the grade of Fellow in the Australian Psychological Society. She was the first convener of the Australian Psychological Society Interest Group: Aboriginal Issues, Aboriginal People and Psychology, and has been instrumental in convening many conferences and discussion groups at national levels to ensure Indigenous issues are part of the agenda in the discipline. She has many publications in this area and is considered one of the ‘founding’ people in psychology for Indigenous people. Her committees include Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission,

  • Chair, Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Advisory Group to DoHA,
  • National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Advisory Group,
  • the National Indigenous Health Equality Council,
  • the Research Advisory Committee for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation,
  • Co-Chair of the Australian Psychological Society, Reconciliation Action Plan, and the Steering Committee and
  • Founding Member of Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association (AIPA).