IAHA Indigenous Student Team Challenge

Introduction to the IAHA Indigenous Student Team Challenge (ISTC)

IAHA has now developed a new program, inspired buy the HealthFusion Team Challenge!  The IAHA Indigenous Student Team Challenge (ISTC) delivered under the IAHA Health Leadership / Education and Development stream.

The Optimal outcomes for the many and increasing number of people with complex and chronic health concerns greatly depends on effective teamwork and collaboration between healthcare professionals with diverse skillsets and knowledges. The Indigenous Student Team Challenge (ISTC), aims to develop this important capability prior to the student’s graduation in a way that is transformative, authentic, and fun.

The IAHA ISTC is an extracurricular competition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students from various health professions. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in teamwork and collaboration as they develop a management plan in response to a complex case study.


For the past 7 years IAHA has run the Indigenous HealthFusion Team Challenge which was originally pioneered by academics from the University of British Columbia over 25 years ago, the Health Care Team Challenge was brought to Australia and developed by an interprofessional team of Queensland academics under the name of HealthFusion. The University of Queensland was the first university in Australia to host a Health Care Team Challenge with its pilot event in 2007.

In 2013, the HealthFusion Project Team moved to its new premises at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane, Australia, where they are currently based.

Visit www.healthfusionteamchallenge.com for further details on the HealthFusion Project.

For more information on the IAHA Indigenous Student Team Challenge email membership@iaha.com.au 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge the “Proppa Ones”which was made up of team members: Nerida Riley (Exercise Science, Curtin University), Jared Merritt (Nursing, Flinders University), Cheyenne Gamble (Occupational Therapy, James Cook University), Samara Fernandez (Psychology, University of South Australia) and Melissa Parter (Social Work, Central QLD University).

The IAHA HFTC was held in Darwin in the lead up to the IAHA 10 Year Anniversary National Conference from 20th – 23rd September 2019. The Challenge involved 35 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students across 12 disciplines.

Here’s what some of the students had to say about the HFTC:

“I knew what support services the allied health professionals had in their expertise to support my patient and it enabled me to be a stronger, better person. I thank Kylie and the whole team for this safe space and I certainly know that this journey goes with us for many years to come” – Olivia Hermman, HFTC Student
“The concept that I think I’ve learnt from my mentors is nothing to them without them. Every client is the most knowledgeable about their issues. I’m here to provide my knowledge and to learn from them… It’s taking what these people are saying and then how I can integrate that into how I practice and the way that I see the world.” - Shandryn Kozin, Audiology Student