2017 HealthFusion Team Challenge reflections

Coen Wakeham-Hastie, Nursing and Paramedics

The 2017 IAHA HFTC was my first (and hopefully not my last challenge) with IAHA. I really enjoyed my time at HFTC as I got to network with other like-minded Indigenous students and learn a lot more about different areas within the health sector. The case we were given was a culturally and clinically complex case that required input from many professions, some of which were on my team but others who were not. Being a Paramedic Student allowed me to voice my opinions from my experience and knowledge, as the  Paramedic discipline has only become recognised within IAHA in 2016/17.

The HFTC is not only a great way to practice public speaking but also a great tool to know the process other health professionals go through to get the best possible result for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and families. This exercise expanded my thinking and definitely changed how I will refer clients to the correct allied health services. Although we were not finalists in the 2017 HFTC I know we all learnt invaluable skills in team building and problem-solving by participating in the challenge. This challenge was an amazing experience to build interdisciplinary practices in a culturally safe way and to make professional connections for the future.

I’d strongly suggest to any Indigenous health student to apply to attend the HFTC to experience this amazing event.

Tyrone Smith, Exercise Science 

Attending the Indigenous Allied Health Australia conference and HealthFusion Team Challenge and was easily the highlight of 2017 for me. Over the two days, there was a lot of fun, laughter and good times. I arrived knowing only one other person in the challenge. By the end of the challenge I had met and had a yarn with everyone, at some point. We were like a big family by the end of the two days.

The experience also came with both team challenges and individual challenges. My Individual challenge was public speaking as it is not one of my strong points. Therefore, overcoming this incredible fear was very challenging and I became very nervous around presentation time. I had to face my fear head-on in front of judges and the other groups and people I had begun to know. However, once I was up there and had said a few words, I don’t remember thinking of how nervous I was and just got on with it. It was also a great opportunity for me to network and meet fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied Health students and graduates.

In retrospect, I think I learnt greatly from the inter-professional learning environment, which really broadened my understanding of other allied health professions and their scope of practice. This fun and unique experience has given me an additional knowledge base and additional practical experience around best practice and patient-centered care.

This year I am told it will be bigger and better than ever, so I hope everyone gets their nomination in and is lucky enough to attend this incredible experience.


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