Access to care, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people in rural and remote areas requires access to appropriate, affordable, acceptable and quality services that meet their needs.
Local workforce and training solutions are essential to increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce and improving the level of cultural safety and responsiveness within the health care system. IAHA work across the entire education, training and employment pipeline to promote accessible pathways into meaningful employment opportunities, including initiatives such as the IAHA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy.
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 health and wellbeing outcomes.
Strong and effective Indigenous leadership and community decision making is essential for self-governance and in turn determining our own and our future generations – leaving healthy footprints; supporting our communities; celebrating our achievements and continuing our cultural connections and relationships with each other and our nations will make a difference.
Concrete examples of this commitment in action include our Allied Health Academies, student mentoring and Allied Health Hub projects.