IAHA works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and stakeholders to strengthen opportunities for a culturally capable and diverse allied health workforce to be embedded in services within their community where possible
Access to health care, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people living in rural and remote communities requires access to appropriate, affordable, acceptable and quality services that meet their holistic health and wellbeing needs.
Local workforce and training solutions are essential to increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and improving the cultural safety and responsiveness within the health care system. IAHA work across the health, education, training and employment pipeline to promote, develop and deliver culturally safe and accessible pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into health careers.
By creating training pathways into health, with support for the social and cultural determinants which influence wellbeing and success, we are promoting careers with long-term employment prospects and which contribute highly to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing outcomes. One such initiative is the IAHA National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy.
IAHA also participates in career expos, community events and other opportunities to share information on allied health careers, share personal stories into allied health with members, promote study and support opportunities and to provide information on IAHA activities and supports.