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Past editions:

IAHA Student Newsletter September 2016 (hardcopy)

IAHA Student Stuff April 2016

IAHA Student Stuff October 2015

IAHA Student Stuff August 2015

IAHA Student Stuff in April 2015

IAHA Student Stuff in December 2014

IAHA Student Stuff in September 2014

IAHA Student Stuff in August 2014

 

IAHA 2017 Student Representative Committee (SRC)

For the SRC Terms of Reference click here.

IAHA has established a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health student network to support them along their career journeys. In 2014 IAHA established a Student Representative Committee to advise the IAHA Board of Directors on issues and strategies affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health students.

Click here to meet the 2016 Student Representative Committee (SRC) Members.

2016 Chairperson & Student Representative – Tracy Hardy

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Tracy HardyTracy, a Kamilaroi woman born and raised in St George Qld, has resided on Kabi Kabi country, in Maroochydore Qld for the past 9 years.  Tracy has strong ties in community as a proactive member of the North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health as well as the Nungeena Aboriginal Corporation for Women’s Business.

Tracy is in her third year of Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2016 and has been accepted to undertake embedded honours research as part of her degree.  Tracy strives to develop as a well-rounded allied health professional throughout her degree and future career and is committed to developing and strengthening her knowledge, leadership, communication and governance skills.  Tracy is a strong advocate for cultural competency and Australia’s First Peoples and upon completion of her degree, aspires to work collaboratively within community and assist in closing the gap on nutrition related chronic disease and improving health and wellbeing for her people.

Tracy aims to support fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health students in growing as professionals by providing encouragement and information regarding networking opportunities and offering a platform to have their voices heard.

2016 Deputy Chairperson & Student Representative – Celeste Brand

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Celeste Brand was born in Arrernte country in Alice Springs. She is the fifth generation to live there after her great-great grandmother travelled from Arabana country in South Australia. She started studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Charles Darwin University in 2011, however she moved to Perth in 2012 to continue her studies internally at Curtin University. She is about to enter her fourth and final year of her studies.

In the school holidays, Celeste returns to Alice Springs where she works at the Alice Springs Hospital as a cadet – part of the Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS). Returning to Alice Springs also allows Celeste to come home and spend time with her family and friends.

Celeste is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and contributes in discussions when and where possible. Living in Alice Springs and being with her family has made her proud of her culture and with the support and influences of particularly the women in her life, they have inspired to her to see the life between two cultures. By studying Social Work, Celeste believes she can work with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to reduce barriers and improve the quality of life for her people.

Student Representative – Kirrilaa Johnstone

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Kirrilaa is a Ngiyampaa-Barkindji Woman who was born in Broken Hill NSW. After spending most of her life in Canberra she now lives in Wollongong and is studying Exercise Science and Indigenous Health at University of Wollongong (UOW). Kirrilaa has always wanted to work with kids and so upon graduating and hopefully completing her masters in Exercise Physiology, Kirrilaa hopes to start a small travelling clinic in the Northern Territory with other Indigenous allied health professionals, that services children in small communities and teaches them life skills to improve their health outcomes. Kirrilaa also has a strong interest in Mental Health, particularly of youth in rural and remote communities and also hopes to one day contribute to reducing the high rates of Indigenous Youth Suicide.

 

Student Representative – Lauren Hutchinson

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Lauren HutchinsonLauren Hutchinson is a Wiradjuri women, born and raised in the small town of Molong NSW. She is currently living in Brisbane undertaking aBachelor of Vision Science/Masters of Optometry Degrees of which she is about to enter her fourth year.

Upon graduating it has always been her goal to go back and work in rural and remote areas, and to give back to her community as much as she can. She is very passionate about the specific health needs of her people, especially in these isolated areas, where eye health is very often over looked, and many people go blind as a result. She hopes to one day be part of the process of eliminating diseases found in remote Australia that are not seen in any other developed country. She states “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be apart of the IAHA SRC and am very excited for the challenges and opportunities it will present.”

Student Representative – Mark Mann

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Mark MannMark Mann, a Gunditjmara-Wiradjuri man was born in South Australia and lived between Victoria, Queensland, Sydney and Adelaide growing up. Mark has resided in Melbourne/Kinglake for the past 15 years, after working for the Australian Army in Infantry and Signals for 13 years. Mark has strong ties to the community currently working with the Fitzroy Stars as head trainer and has qualifications in Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy and Sports Training. Mark also sits on the advisory council for the Banyule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee and volunteers his time working as a presenter on 3KND (Kool n Deadly) community radio station in Preston.

Mark is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) at the RMIT in Bundoora.  Mark takes a holistic approach to practice and is passionate about supporting people to better access allied health services and improved health and wellbeing outcomes for communities.

Upon the completion of his degree Marks goal is to setup a Rural/Remote practice, raise awareness of Osteopathy and work at the highest possible level in a professional sporting field.

Student Representative – Nellie Pollard-Wharton

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NellieNellie is a Kooma Woman, born in Townsville and raised in Brisbane and then Sydney, where she has lived for the past 16 years.  Nellie has always been very driven by issues of social justice that continue to surround First Nations people.  After completing her HSC she began Tertiary Studies, before deciding to leave to join the workforce and travel.  She is now a mother and has chosen to pursue her passion for Indigenous rights by studying a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).  She is currently in her 2nd year of study and an Indigenous Social Work Cadet with the Sydney Local Health District.  This role sees Nellie complete up to 12 weeks of full time employment each year for the remainder of her degree.  She will be finishing up her first 12 week block with the Social Work Department at RPA Hospital in Camperdown, an inner city hospital in Sydney in early February.

Nellie is a strong believer in health and social justice being closely intertwined, if not intrinsically linked.  She is excited to engage with her peers and co-workers and promote the importance of holistic approaches to treatment, recovery and most of all prevention of certain health issues that continue to affect our people. Once Nellie finishes her degree, she sees herself continuing to work in the Hospital setting, with a primary focus on women and babies.

Student Representative – Will Kennedy

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William 3Will is a proud Wiradjuri man that was born in Camperdown N.S.W and spent most of his childhood growing up at Blacktown, NSW.  He was lucky enough to complete a floor and wall tiling apprenticeship straight after High School. Fast forward 16 years and he has been living in Forster NSW, coming and going from the age of 17 for work development.  He is now in his second year of studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. He works part time as an Indigenous Family Mental Health Worker and also casual supervisor at the Local Golf Club. Will’s biggest passion is to lead by example and to make time for others less fortunate than himself. He is a qualified Life guard and also a Trainer and Assessor for S.L.S.A (Surf Life Saving Australia). For the year of 2016 Will was also nominated and elected President of the Local BodyBoarding association in Forster Tuncurry. He states that “It is with pride and enthusiasm that I am lucky enough to join the IAHA family to continue to learn personally and grow professionally.”

Student Representative – Zoe King

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IMG_6429 (002)Zoe King is a Bundjalung woman from Casino, now living on Yuggera land in Brisbane and attending the University of Queensland.

In 2016 Zoe will enter the third year of her undergraduate career studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honors. At this point she is incredibly interested in paediatric speech and language pathology, and is excited to be starting clinical practice this semester at the Murri School along with 3 of her peers from her cohort.

Zoe attended the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) 2015 National Conference and Health Fusion Team Challenge (HFTC) and had the opportunity to attend multiple sessions with keynote speakers that reflected interests pertinent to her chosen area of study. She states that she gained knowledge and was able to meet professionals that have inspired her future career path.

Zoe feels honored with the opportunity to hold a position on the Student Representative Council for 2016. She looks forward to contributing to this role and acting as a voice of IAHA at The University of Queensland, as well as attending IAHA events and personal development workshops throughout the year.

 

Click here to meet the 2015 Student Representative Committee (SRC) Members.

Student Director – Di Bakon

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Di Bakon is originally from NSW, a Kamilaroi woman with origins to the Narrabri area. She is a mature aged student studying third year Occupational Therapy at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville.
Di is currently the chair for the Indigenous Health Students Association at JCU and works hard to support success and retention of Indigenous students through peer support and mentoring students in health degrees.She also supports the Indigenous Health Unit at JCU by doing an Indigenous Health Careers Road show and other Indigenous ambassador activities such as Closing the Gap, Vibe Alive and FOGS. As a future Occupational Therapist her focus is in Indigenous health issues particularly children’s health, health promotion and policy.

SRC Chairperson – Sophie L’Estrange

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I’m Sophie L’Estrange, a girl of Kalkadoon heritage who was born and raised in Wiradjuri country. I’m currently in my second year of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. I have always been taught by my mother to be proud of my Aboriginality and to have big aspirations. I love to travel and I enjoy social sport such as netball and touch football and I’m very passionate about Indigenous health.

I attended Forbes High School for the better part of four years, and in 2011 I was the School Vice Captain. I am very active within my local community and a huge advocate for Indigenous Education. In high school I was always involved with the Indigenous activities and ceremonies at the school and in town. Earlier in 2014 I was chosen as a finalist for the NSW Women In Mining Aspiring Star Award, for my work with the Northparkes Mines in encouraging tertiary education in Indigenous students in our local region.

I attended three different high schools, and I believe through this mobility I have learnt great people skills that make me very approachable and warming to anyone. I’m really excited to a part of the IAHA SRC and look forward to meeting with and hearing from many of the students. I always pride myself on setting an example for others and being someone that young Indigenous people can be inspired by.

SRC Deputy Chairperson – Celeste Brand

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CelesteCeleste Brand is a 24 year old woman born in Arrernte country in Alice Springs, where she has lived for 19 years of her life (she lived in Adelaide for three years while her mum was studying). She is the fifth generation to live there after her great-great grandmother migrated from Arabana country in South Australia. She started studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Charles Darwin University in 2011, however she moved to Perth in 2012 to continue her studies internally at Curtin University. She is about to enter her third year.

In the school holidays, Celeste returns to Alice Springs where she works at the Alice Springs Hospital in the Social Work Department. This work allows her to see many Aboriginal cultures who are impacted by various health issues. Having work in Alice Springs also allows Celeste to come home and spend time with her family and friends.

Celeste is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and contributes in discussions when and where possible. Living in Alice Springs and being with her family has made her proud of her culture and with the support and influences of particularly the women in her life, they have inspired to her to see the life between two cultures. By studying Social Work, Celeste believes she can work with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to reduce barriers and improve the quality of life for her people.

Celeste really enjoys family time and misses them incredibly when in Perth however she knows she is doing something positive for herself, her family and her culture.

Student Representative – Nathan Canuto

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Nathan Canuto was born in Cairns, Queensland, and descends from the Ahmat Family of the Torres Strait.  He is a mature age student studying his final year of a Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree (Psychology) at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.

Further to living on Badu Island in Torres Strait in his late teens, Nathan has represented various regional and remote youth engagement programs throughout Far North Queensland and the Darwin area.

Nathan is currently an Indigenous Student Mentor at both Charles Darwin University and Kormilda College in Darwin.  Upon degree completion, Nathan aspires to assist the psychological well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

Student Representative – Ashleigh Hull

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AshleighAshleigh Hull is a Barkindji woman with strong ties to the Wiradjuri people. Ashleigh was raised in the small town of Narromine and attended schooling in both Narromine and Trangie. In 2008 Ashleigh moved to the outback town of Bourke NSW and has lived there since.

Ashleigh is employed with Western NSW Local Health District as a Trainee Aboriginal Mental Health Worker and is currently studying her 3rd and final year of a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga through mixed mode. In 2014 Ashleigh was elected by her fellow classmates as the student representative for her 2nd year cohort on the Djirruwang Program student representative body. Ashleigh was a passionate and caring advocate for her fellow students and often went above and beyond the expected roles of the representative to ensure a positive university experience for all students.

In 2014 Ashleigh was selected to be a member of the Western NSW Local Health District Future Health Leaders Advisory Group. The advisory group is made up of early career professionals who meet with the Executives of the Local Health District to problem solve and discuss strategies for addressing issues ranging from recruitment and retention to the use of technology in health. Ashleigh is continuing this membership into 2015 and looks forward to making positive changes to health care.

Ashleigh is thankful for the opportunity to represent the student members of Indigenous Allied Health Australia and is keen to take on this new and exciting challenge.

Student Representative – Devinia Wainwright

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SRC_DEVINIA1Devinia Wainwright born in Carnarvon, Western Australia and descending from the Pau family from Erub (Darnley) Island in the Torres Strait. Bought up with strong connections to the Yamitji people in Carnarvon and with Torres Strait heritage, I feel strongly that its important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have access to quality Health Care and Education. I am currently working as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Liaison Officer for Barwon Health at University Hospital Geelong VIC, and in my third year of Bachelor of Social Work at the Institute for Koori Education, Deakin, Waurn Ponds Geelong.

My interest for Social Work, Health and Social and Emotional Well- being in the future is to explore Art Therapy, Traditional Medicine and Healing for our people. I am passionate about the wider community understanding that although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are unique to our cultures, we all have individual needs and are on our own life long journeys. I see the future for our people working in collaboration with the wider community to address our health needs and close the life expectancy gap. I feel that recruiting and supporting more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to deliver these services is the key, and I look forward to meeting and working people through IAHA and SRC in this journey.

 

 

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IAHA and the SRC can support you to:

1. Have a voice on student issues

Let us know:

  • about your achievements and your challenges;
  • how IAHA could support you and advocate for you; and
  • what you think about our university engagement strategy and how we can work together to achieve more inclusive curricula in allied health fields;

2. Participate in IAHA decision making

We encourage you to:

  • nominate for election as a Director of IAHA;
  • attend the AGM each year and participate in decision making; and/or
  • give us feedback about the information on this website, in the student forum and in our newsletters.

3. Promote careers in allied health fields

Tell others, especially young Aboriginal and Torres Islander people, about your career by;

  • volunteering to work on IAHA stalls at careers days and expos;
  • sharing your stories of achievements, challenges and experiences; and
  • get involved in your local community events.

4. Present papers at allied health conferences

We will support you to:

  • attend and participate in the IAHA National Conference;
  • raise the profile of Indigenous allied health students and professionals; and
  • raise awareness about Indigenous health and cultural competence.

5. Increase your choices after graduation

Our membership and supporter networks are opportunities for you to:

  • Broaden your networks in allied health fields
  • be mentored by other professionals on how to set yourself as an allied health professional; and
  • get support for your ongoing professional development.

The first step is membership.

As an advocate for Indigenous allied health professionals we need to know how many Indigenous students are enrolled in allied health courses, what’s working and what’s not working in your courses, where you are now and where you go when you graduate or change courses within allied health fields so it’s important for us that you stay in touch.

If you have recently graduated or changed courses please let us know by emailing IAHA at admin@iaha.com.au

Here’s what some students have said about being a member of IAHA.

“I saw IAHA as an opportunity to strengthen networks across allied health, and specifically strengthen my capacity as an Indigenous Social Worker. IAHA is also an opportunity for Indigenous Allied Health students to gain experience as a board members as one of its Directors.”

Dameyon Bonson, Social Work Student

“Being a student member has not only allowed for my participation in this event but enables me to grow my networks and abilities through access to the mentoring program and established networks built by Indigenous Allied Health. The support I have received so far has been amazing.”

Diane Bakon, Occupational Therapy Student

Click here to read what being part of the SRC means to current Committee Member Nathan Canuto.

What Being on The SRC means to me – Nathan Canuto

My name is Nathan Canuto and I am studying a bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) degree at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.  In 2014 I applied for and was successfully selected onto the Student Representative Committee (SRC) for Indigenous Allied Health Australia.  Being on the SRC has been an awesome experience and one that has enabled me to work towards developing better support processes and outcomes for Indigenous students in allied health degrees.  The role has also allowed me to develop personally and professionally with regards to my communication, leadership and thinking skills, as well as my knowledge of real world Indigenous health and student issues.  Furthermore, being on the SRC has enabled me to develop relationships with other Indigenous allied health students and other Indigenous professionals currently working in allied health professions.  Meeting like-minded people has proven extremely inspiring to my studies and I believe it will be invaluable when it comes time to join the workforce after my degree, as the Indigenous allied health community seems very well connected.  I would highly recommend all Indigenous allied health students apply for a position on the SRC as it represents an awesome opportunity to make a positive difference to the future of Indigenous allied health in Australia as well as an opportunity to develop personally and professionally.