2019 HealthFusion Team Challenge

Applications Now Closed

IAHA is inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students to participate in an exciting clinical and cultural exchange of knowledges.



Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) will be hosting the 2019 IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) from 20-22 September 2019 in Darwin. The HFTC is a fun and interactive experience where you will participate in a clinical, cultural, educational, and interprofessional major event where you will meet and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from across Australia. The HFTC will be held prior to  the 2019 IAHA National Conference – 10 Years Making a Difference being held 23-25 September 2019.

The best health outcomes for the many and increasing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with complex or chronic healthcare needs often depends on effective teamwork and collaboration between various healthcare professionals with different skills and knowledge. The HFTC aims to develop this important capability prior to graduation in a way that is culturally safe, responsive, transformative, and fun.

The HFTC is an extracurricular competition for university students from the health and medical professions. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in teamwork and collaboration as they develop a health care management plan in response to a complex Indigenous case study.



IAHA HFTC co-ordinators will allocate the participants into teams of between 5-6 people. Each team will be made of a range of different health disciplines, year levels and experience with previous HFTCs or similar events. Teams will work independently on their management plans with the assistance of a panel of health professional and cultural mentors and selected hardcopy resources.

All teams then come together during the Heats to present their health care management plans to an audience and our expert panel of judges before responding to a range of unseen challenging extension questions and reflection exercises, under timed conditions. Based on these two assessment items (presentation and extensions), the Judging panel will choose the teams to go through to the Final Showdown.

Teams will be announced during a welcome and networking dinner where all teams will receive a copy of the case study at the same time.


  • Case Study: Everyone gets the same case study at the same time.
  • Presentation preparation: All teams work on developing a response to the case study. You will have preparation time allocated throughout the day/s
  • Mentoring: All teams get time with the same mentors while they work on their management plan. You will have 1 session with graduate profession-based mentors Student mentors will be available throughout the challenge for individual support and provide advice on competing in the HFTC.
  • Heats: All teams present their management plan and respond to a number of extension activities and questions. This is judged by a panel of health related judges
  • The Final: The judges will then determine the top two teams from the Heats to compete for the 2019 IAHA HFTC title. PLEASE NOTE AS THE FINAL SHOWDOWN IS PRESENTED DURING THE 2019 IAHA NATIONAL CONFERNECE ALL HFTC PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQURED TO ATTEND THE CONFERNECE.


Please contact the IAHA office on phone: +612 62851010 or email: admin@iaha.com.au for further information.

There are no registration costs for the 2019 IAHA HFTC.


Click here to read about the 2018 International Health Fusion Team Challenge.


If you need assistance with your application, or have any questions about the 2019 HFTC
please contact us at +612 62851010 or email: admin@iaha.com.au