2014 IAHA National Forum

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Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health peak body, is holding a National Forum for allied health graduates and students and the wider allied health workforce from 24-27 November 2014 at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra.

The 2014 IAHA National Forum will host the second IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge, 8 Professional Development workshops and the IAHA 2014 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards and Gala Dinner. These events will present fantastic opportunities to work together, support each other, enhance professional and personal journeys and celebrate the successes of those contributing to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Professional Development Workshops

Click here to download Professional Development flyer

25-26 November 2014

In order to provide opportunities for allied health professionals to engage in ongoing professional development, IAHA will hold a two day Forum involving a number of interactive and thought-provoking workshops to assist the current and emerging allied health workforce in their professional journeys.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours/points

All workshop participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, detailing the duration, aims and learning outcomes of the workshop, which can be included in your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) personal portfolio. Click here to view the national Professional Associations (to date) that have endorsed the workshops for CPD purposes. 

Day 1 – Tuesday 25 November 2014

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership (3hrs)

This workshop aims to build participants’ skills and knowledge around using emotional intelligence to enhance personal and professional leadership capability. There will be a strong focus on the need for both emotional intelligence and leadership capability within Indigenous and non-Indigenous health workforces in order to achieve better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Participants will learn how to:

  • Define and identify the benefits of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Define and practice self-management, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation and empathy
  • Successfully communicate with others in a non-verbal manner
  • Verbally communicate with others
  • Interpret and manage emotions
  • Regulate and gain control of their own emotions
  • Articulate emotions using the right language
  • Balance optimism and pessimism
  • Effectively impact others
  • Relate emotional intelligence to personal and professional leadership
  • Use the concepts and techniques in their lives

Embedding an Holistic Approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing (1.5hrs)

This workshop aims to build participants’ skills and knowledge around a holistic approach to healthcare and its importance to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Many health professionals have a theoretical knowledge of holistic approaches, but may not have the experience or opportunity to put it into practice. Using an interprofessional lens to consider the whole person can assist participants to identify aspects of wellbeing most important to the client within a client centred model of care, and to therefore manage their care more effectively. Participants will:

  • Explore the definition of health from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective and the benefits of this definition for all Australians
  • Explore the diversity of current workforce models and their efficacy in meeting the health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Consider holistic models of wellbeing that can be adopted to approach healthcare coordination and delivery in an holistic way
  • Build individual leadership capacity in influencing change
  • Be solutions focused and determine their own plan of action to embed a holistic approach into their practice, particularly when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Diversity Mentoring (3hrs)

This interactive workshop aims to build on participants’ existing knowledge of formal and informal mentoring relationships by exploring the IAHA Online Mentoring Program and training modules focussing, in particular, on best practice principles.  In the past, mentoring has been generally perceived as a relationship in which an expert imparts knowledge and skills to a novice. In recent years, research on successful mentoring relationships has centred on alliances or partnerships in which two way learning is paramount and diversity is appreciated and included in the mentoring process. Participants will:

  • Explore definitions of, and approaches to, mentoring;
  • Consider the differences between mentoring, coaching and counselling;
  • Develop strategies for using reflective practice prior to and throughout  mentoring relationships;
  • Examine concepts of diversity in relationships;
  • Consider how diversity may be expressed or become evident in mentoring relationships;
  • Analyse patterns of difference that may be present in mentoring relationships; and
  • Recognise how to utilise strengths-based approaches in mentoring relationships.

Indigenous Research and Practice (1.5hrs)

This workshop aims to build participants’ skills and knowledge around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research in order to encourage their active involvement in high-quality, collaborative health research that will make a real difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Participants will:

  • Consider key aspects of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander research methodology.
  • Identify communication methods for consultation, reporting and dissemination of findings that are most effective when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Look at examples where research knowledge has been effectively translated into evidence based practice and policy
  • Identify potential barriers and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals in research
  • Identify priority areas for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research in allied health

Day 2 – Wednesday 26 November 2014

Critical Thinking for Success (3hrs)

How often do you think about your own thinking? Do you think outside the square? This workshop aims to build participants’ skills in critical thinking, within the contexts of allied health and improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Participants will:

  • Explore real-world examples of why critical thinking is so important in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Learn to use critical thinking skills when making decisions
  • Choose the right techniques to recognise assumptions and draw conclusions
  • Know how to translate an abstract idea into something tangible
  • Minimise the impact of external pressures on your thinking processes
  • React with curiosity instead of emotion
  • Get a roadmap for developing critical thinking skills

Media Skills and Awareness (3hrs)

This interactive workshop aims to build participants’ skills and knowledge around how to effectively and positively engage with media.  Utilising a strengths-based approach and acknowledging the diversity within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, this workshop will equip participants with basic tools to successfully navigate the Australian media and to identify and promote local good news stories.

Participants will:

  • Explore the current Australian media landscape, how it is changing and some possible implications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
  • Determine how journalists approach stories and what makes a story ‘newsworthy’
  • Explore how to ‘package up’ a news story to meet the needs of diverse media whilst considering common needs for print, radio and tv
  • Participate in preparing a story; taking into consideration the purpose, target audience, main message and materials required to get the story over the line
  • Examine key elements of an effective media release and receive a media release template
  • Determine how best to prepare a spokesperson for dealing with media

Cultural Responsiveness in Action (1.5hrs)

This workshop aims to build participant’s ability to be culturally responsive to the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A safe environment will encourage both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous participants to engage in self-reflection and equip participants with practical tools to build their ability to respond appropriately and ‘walk the talk’. Participants will:

  • Define and identify the benefits of being culturally responsive
  • Explore the multiple layers of cultural responsiveness
  • Learn practical tips for being culturally responsive with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Explore the diversity of culture and acknowledge there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to cultural responsiveness
  • Use scenarios and role play to explore real-world examples of why being culturally responsive is so important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Embrace self-reflection and build leadership capacity
  • Develop their own roadmap/toolkit for being culturally responsive

A Strengths-Based Approach to Racism (1.5hrs)

This workshop aims to build participants’ ability to combat racism that they encounter in their personal and professional lives, using a strengths based approach. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous participants will benefit from developing their own strengths based strategies to eliminate racism that they observe and/or experience. Participants will:

  • Define and identify racism – practices and systems
  • Learn practical tips to combat racism against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Celebrate and embrace the diversity and strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures
  • Explore real-world examples and how individuals can respond to them
  • Embrace self-reflection and  build leadership capacity
  • Develop their own roadmap/toolkit for combatting racism in their life, community, workplace

National Indigenous Allied Health Awards and Gala Dinner

25 November 2014

Building on the success of the 2013 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards, IAHA will again recognise the contribution of IAHA members to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by holding a Gala Dinner and Awards.

The Hon. Senator Fiona Nash was our guest speaker for the Gala Dinner and Awards and her speech can be found here.