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Welcome Event

Proudly sponsored by Australian Council of Pro Vice Chancellors and Deans of Health Sciences (ACPDHS)the Australian Council of Pro Vice Chancellors and Deans of Health Sciences (ACPDHS), the Welcome Event kicked off the 2015 IAHA National Conference on 30 November 2015 on the Daintree’s Pool Deck, Pullman Cairns International – providing delegates with an opportunity to connect and network with each other in a friendly and safe interprofessional space. Featuring the wonderful Biddigal Performing Arts dance group and Welcome to Country performed by Jeanette Singleton of the Yirrganydji people, this event set the tone for the rest of the conference.

The Welcome Event also celebrated the signing of the second Collaboration Agreement between Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and Australian Council of Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Health Sciences (ACPDHS). Both organisations highlighted that they remain committed and responsive to the allied health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This includes increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the allied health workforce, fostering a community centred and priority driven allied health research agenda for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and strengthening the cultural competence of allied health graduates.

IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards & Gala Dinner

The IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards were held on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at the Pullman Cairns International, Cairns during the IAHA 2015 National Conference, where winners were announced at the gala dinner. The purpose of the IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards is to recognise the contribution of IAHA members to their profession and/or improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The awards also showcased the outstanding achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health and provides identifiable allied health role models to inspire all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider and pursue a career in allied health.

IAHA congratulates all the worthy winners of the IAHA 2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards:

  • Kimberley Hunter – Future Leader in Indigenous Allied Health
  • Sarah Logan – Indigenous Allied Health Student Achievement
  • Jordana Stanford – Allied Health Inspiration Award
  • Samara Dargan – Indigenous Allied Health Professional of the Year
  • Lin Oke – Commitment to Indigenous Health
  • Kerry Arabena – IAHA Life Time Achievement

Gala Dinner MC

Anita Heiss MC for the Gala Dinner and Awards was Dr Anita Heiss, the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature. She is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita is an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. She is an Adjunct Professor with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. Anita has recently been appointed the Manager of the Epic Good Foundation

Gala Dinner Entertainment

B2M (Bathurst to Melville)

Entertainment was provided by B2M (Bathurst to Melville), a seven-piece band from the Tiwi Islands, 80km north of Darwin, where the Arafura Sea meets the Timor Sea in the Northern Territory. Formed in late December 2004 B2M are strong Tiwi men who write, sing and perform music about the issues we all face. B2M have already accomplished what takes some bands a lifetime to achieve – role model status in their community and ambassadors to a broader Australian and international community – as they carry a positive image of their people and culture through their R’n’B music with a unique Tiwi twist. As well as standout performances throughout WA and the NT, in China, East Timor and on stage with Tina Arena, the Pigram Brothers and Busby Marou, B2M’s community work has not gone unnoticed as B2M were shortlisted for Band of the Year at the prestigious 2012 Deadly Awards – an amazing achievement without having produced a debut album! Check out their videos below to find out more: