Social & Cultural Events

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2017 Welcome Event

Proudly Sponsored by The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation

Monday 27 November 2017

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The Welcome Event was proudly sponsored by The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Welcome Event kicked off the 2017 IAHA National Conference providing delegates with an opportunity to connect and network with each other in a friendly and relaxed environment. An important function of the Welcome event was to receive a Welcome to Country from the Traditional Owners of the land we are meeting on, the Whakjuk people of the Noongar nation.

Delegates were entertained by WA entertainer Theona Councillor and local dance group Moorditj Mob, Wesley College, while enjoying the sunset over the Indian ocean.

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Conference Gala Dinner and Awards

Proudly Sponsored by NATSIHWA


Tuesday 28 November 2017

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A night of celebrating excellence and action – the Gala Dinner featured the annual National Indigenous Allied Health Awards, which recognises the contribution of IAHA members in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The night begun with a Welcome to Country by Whudjuk elder Nigel Wilkes and the The Mungart Yonga Traditional Dance Group.

Local Indigenous Talents “The Merindas” had everyone dancing with their fantastic line up of Motown classics.

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Health and Wellbeing

Proudly Sponsored by The Healing Foundation

Healing Foundation

IAHA respects the hard work that our delegates do across the nation and provided complimentary health and wellbeing activities for our members and delegates over the two days of the conference.

IAHA Walking Group

A daily conference walking group took in the sights of Scarborough beach. It was fun and relaxing way to kickstart the day.

Circuit Classes 

Les Oakley a proud Malagana Yamiji trainer with a certificate 3 in fitness training facilitated a daily circuit class. Les also shared his knowledge and passion for developing Indigenous inspired cuisine and his desire to helping others who have aspirations of becoming stronger healthier versions of themselves.

Ngungkari Healing Sessions

IAHA was very excited and extremely honoured to host Ngungkari’s from Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation who facilitated healing sessions throughout the two days of the conference.

The Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC) provides a range of ngangkari services to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Ngangkari services consist of three typologies of interventions: health care assessments and treatments; Aboriginal traditional medicine and its 60,000 years-old methods of healing. Ngangkari treatments are offered to anyone in need, both adults and children.

ANTAC’s Ngangkari services are delivered by accredited ngangkari members of the Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation. The ngangkari are accredited through a strict accreditation process in accordance with Ngangkariku Tjukurpa, that is Ngangkari’s Law which stands at the core of the Ngangkari’s traditional medical knowledge system.

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Lunch with The First Peoples Health Unit, Griffith University

First Peoples Health Unit, Griffith University

Griffith University hosted a lunchtime yarn to discuss the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework. The Framework provides guidance for health professional programs to integrate, teach and assess Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ (First Peoples) health content.

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Lunch with HESTA


Sponsors HESTA hosted a lunch to yarn about the importance of Superannuation. This provided the opportunity for delegates to ask questions about lost super, Super education, Employer super contribution rates, Investment options, Insurance option, Fees and Retirement options.