2016 IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge

IAHA HealthFusion Team Challenge

2016 IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge (HFTC)

This year’s HFTC brought together 36 health students from Dietetics, Exercise Science / Physiology, Human Biology, Human Movement, Medical Imaging, Medicine, Mental Health, Nutrition, Nursing, Nursing & Paramedics, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Oral Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social Work and Speech Pathology.


Over the course of two and a half days, students worked in interprofessional teams to develop a management plan in response to a complex case study. This years’ case study focused on a client who had suffered a stroke in a regional/remote location. All teams presented their respective management plans during the heats with the two top teams, PINK and Deadly Winju, going through for the final showdown at the IAHA National Professional Development Forum. 



2016 HFTC Winning Team – PINK


Team PINK took out the top spot for their management plan which included good cultural content, demonstrated a high level of person-centred care and drew on the role of many different allied health professions, including professions that were not immediately represented by the students themselves. IAHA would like to congratulate team PINK members Kirrilaa Johnstone (Exercise Science), Ian Lee (Medicine), Jade Luangsay (Health Science), Will Kennedy (Mental Health) and Amy Pfitzner (Medical Imaging) for their incredible teamwork and creative presentation. 

Well done to all IAHA 2016 HFTC participants who positively contributed to team activities, demonstrating respect for and actively collaborating with the diverse disciplines represented within their interdisciplinary teams. 


Who can participate?

IAHA strongly encourages students in allied health disciplines to attend, however all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary health students are eligible to participate. All participants must be (or become) a full or associate member of IAHA (membership is free – click here to join). Preference will be given to 2nd, 3rd & 4th or final year students. Should we be overwhelmed with applications from any particular discipline we may need to cap numbers to ensure diversity within the interdisciplinary teams.

Are there costs involved?

Participation in the HFTC is free, however there may be costs associated for flights, accommodation and 2016 IAHA National Forum registration. IAHA scholarships are now closed however we also encourage you to seek support from your University to attend. We can assist you with this at your request.

What’s it all about?
The HFTC is a fun and interactive learning experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students designed to educate the nation’s next generation of health care professionals in collaborative client care.
How does the HFTC work?


  • Register for the HFTC and you will be randomly placed in a team of 4-6 students from a wide range of different health professions.
  • Each team is given the same complex case study and must work together over two days to problem solve and prepare a management plan to get your patient back on track.
  • Teams then present their plan to panel of expert judges and a live audience before responding to a range of interesting and challenging extension activities.
  • The two teams that demonstrate a mastery of teamwork and communication in the heats then go on to the Finals to compete in a Final Showdown which will be held at the 2016 IAHA National Forum.
How will being involved benefit me?
You will
  • Experience working in an interprofessional team to solve problems and determine the best care for a person with complex care needs
  • Be mentored by a number of experienced and inspirational mentors from a wide range of professions
  • Gain confidence in public speaking and presenting in front of small and large groups
  • Meet and make friends outside your profession and from across Australia
  • Grow your professional network and get noticed by employers even before you graduate

The 2016 HFTC was Co-Sponsored By

ACT Health


NSW Government Health

The 2016 HFTC Prize Sponsor was

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia