IAHA Indigenous Leadership Development Initiative

Current literature suggests that strong Indigenous Leadership can significantly contribute to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) works to build leadership capability within its Indigenous membership in order to support generational change. A strategy being implemented is a national IAHA Indigenous Leadership Development Initiative targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members across a diverse range of allied health disciplines.

Following the success of the 2013 IAHA Student Leadership workshop, IAHA was successful in gaining additional funding with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to deliver the IAHA Indigenous Leadership Development Initiative in the 2014-15 financial year.

IAHA 2015 Leadership Workshop

17 – 19 February 2015 at the Hilton Doubletree Alice Springs

*Please Note – Due to overwhelming interest, all spaces have been filled and IAHA is no longer accepting applications to attend this workshop.

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This 3 day face to face workshop, based on the Australian Government Indigenous Leadership Program, will be delivered within the context of improving health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Care has been taken to embed cultural learning and experiences into the workshop program.

The 2015 IAHA Leadership Workshop will be delivered by experienced Indigenous facilitators and is based on transformational individual and community leadership principles within the Indigenous health context.

The workshop uses a flexible delivery model and the structure is appropriate for challenging allied health professionals and students of varying levels of leadership capacity, within the health context. The workshop aims to inspire participants to embark not only on their own leadership journey but one within their professional capacity, with potentially far reaching impacts on individuals, families, communities and service providers.

The workshop will use a transformational leadership model and strengths based approaches to:

  • build individual leadership capabilities;
  • inspire and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates and students to take up leadership opportunities in their families, communities, universities, organisations, workplaces;
  • influence change in the health workforce through innovation and leadership;
  • strengthen IAHA national leadership and lead good governance practices;
  • lead the allied health sector nationally and internationally in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • strengthen and support member networks nationally across diverse sectors.

About the IAHA approach to Indigenous Leadership

The IAHA Leadership Development Initiative inspires members to embark on their own leadership journey, one with potentially far reaching impacts on individuals, families and communities. Leadership capability is not an innate set of skills possessed by certain individuals. Good leadership practices can be learned and understood by all who wish to take a strengths based approach to action.

Strong Indigenous leadership can enable individuals and organisations to develop economically, socially, culturally and to prosper and contribute to their own growth as strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations and nations. Building the leadership capacity of Australia’s First Peoples will lead to renewal of healthy empowered communities and create sustainable generational change.

Indigenous leaders, working in partnership with non-Indigenous Australians, are required to apply critical thinking and create innovation and change in building a more resilient and sustainable labour force and advocating for increased training and employment opportunities in allied health services that are accessible, available, appropriate and affordable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.