IAHA March 2015 Newsletter

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CEO’s Report

Like many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, IAHA was unsuccessful in securing additional funding through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding round. However this has not hindered our operations and we move forward strongly in our ongoing negotiations for operational funding over the coming years.

IAHA continues to work closely with Minister Nash and other national Indigenous organisations to develop an implementation strategy for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP). We are pleased that the government is working so closely with national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals as they progress this important piece of work.

It has been a pleasure to collaborate with fellow National Rural Health Alliance members – the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) on an interactive workshop ‘Cultural responsiveness: an action based approach to cultural safety’. This is the first time our 4 organisations have come together to plan and deliver such an event and we are excited to be able to share this with delegates at the 13th National Rural Heath Conference on 24 May 2015, 10.30am – 3.30pm, Darwin Convention Centre.

Donna Murray

Chief Executive Officer

Would you like a Mentor?

The IAHA Online Mentoring Program is designed to empower you, the mentee, by providing a culturally safe and supportive relationship with an experienced mentor. By learning from and sharing experiences with your mentor, you will gain valuable guidance from experienced mentors that support you in your personal or professional journey as a student or graduate. A mentoring relationship can be short term or long term but is driven by you the mentee to meet your needs. Talk to IAHA and get started now.

IAHA 2015 National Conference Updates – Get Ready for Action!!

IAHA is holding its 3rd IAHA national conference Allied Health – Stepping into Action in Cairns, 1-2 December 2015 followed by the IAHA AGM. Here is a brief timeline so you can be prepared and not miss out.

Call for Abstracts – Open 7 April 2015

IAHA are looking for interesting and thought-provoking 20 minute concurrent presentations that capture the diverse interdisciplinary action that occurs within the allied health sector, and how sustained holistic, strengths based approaches to health and wellbeing can achieve Indigenous health equality.

SO if you would like to do a presentation within a concurrent session and you…

  • TAKE ACTION to close the gap on Indigenous health equality
  • value strength based, culturally responsive solutions and innovation
  • are a life-long learner who prefers to be proactive than reactive
  • strive to strengthen your skills and knowledge to effectively work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Then we want to hear from you!!! More information about the abstract submission process available soon.

Registrations – Open 1 May 2015

Registrations for Australia’s premier professional development event will open 1 May 2015.

As a not-for-profit Indigenous organisation, IAHA aims to keep our fees as low as possible to ensure maximum participation by members and stakeholders who want to make a difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In 2015 the registration fees (incl. GST) are as follows:

Full Registration 1 day Registration
Full Member (student/graduate) $550 $330
Associate/Corporate Member $660 $440
Non Member (student) $550 $330
Non Member (general) $770 $550
Speakers $550 $330

IAHA Professional Development Scholarships – Open 1 May 2015

IAHA will grant a limited number of professional development scholarships to full and associate IAHA members. Scholarship recipients will receive up to a maximum of $2,500 for travel, accommodation, and registration assistance based on the eligibility and assessment criteria. Scholarship applications will open 1 May 2015 and close 31 July 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 21 August 2015.

More information available soon

2015 National Indigenous Allied Health Award Nominations – Open 1 May 2015

Nominations for the 2015 IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards open 1 May 2015 and close Friday 19 September 2015.

The 2015 Indigenous Allied Health Awards will be held on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at the Pullman Cairns International, Cairns during the IAHA 2015 National Conference, where winners will be announced at a gala dinner. The Indigenous Allied Health Awards showcase 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. Click here to check out last year’s winners.

IAHA 2015 HealthFusion Team Challenge- Applications – Open 1 May 2015

The 3rd Indigenous Allied Health Australia HealthFusion Team Challenge (IAHA HFTC), will be held 28 – 29 November 2015, at the Pullman Cairns International in Cairns, Queensland. The HFTC is a 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. Registrations are open 1 May 2015 and students will be allocated into interprofessional teams.

Policy Update

Submission to the review and development of the Accreditation Standards for entry-level physiotherapy in Australia
In collaboration with a working group of IAHA physiotherapy full members, IAHA made a submission into the Review and Development of the Accreditation Standards for entry-level physiotherapy in Australia on Friday 6 March 2015. We are grateful for the input and support of our members as we work towards building the capacity of education providers to create culturally safe learning and teaching environments and place priority on the development of cultural capabilities in their graduates in addition to clinical capabilities. Click here to read the IAHA submission.

Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework
IAHA is in the process of finalising its Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework, which sets down a strong foundation upon which IAHA builds its strategic direction. This document supports much of our work and is focused on strengths based and action orientated approaches to building culturally safe and responsive health care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework
It is with a sense of optimism that IAHA participated in the final Project Advisory Group meeting for the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework project. IAHA is pleased with the final product and we look forward to working with our partners to support and facilitate the national implementation of the Framework. It will be an invaluable tool to assist health education providers to effectively prepare graduates across health professions to provide culturally safe and responsive health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Journey Into Allied Health

Gari WatsonGari Watson is a Goreng Goreng, Gangulu and Biri Gubba man who grew up in Brisbane, Queensland with his family, including three older siblings. Gari was the third Indigenous dentist to graduate from James Cook University (JCU) in 2014…

Click here to read Gari’s story…

Other News

Allied Health Continuing Professional Development Scholarship – 2nd Round opens 2 April 2015
Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), the Scholarship administrator is pleased to announce the opening date of the Nursing and Allied Health scholarship and Support Scheme; Allied Health Continuing Professional Development Scholarship for CPD activities that take place from 01 July to 31 December 2015 . The applications will open on 02 April 2015 and will close on 6 May 2015. Please visit the Continuing Professional Development Scholarship Home Page for information on eligible professions, selection criteria, and the application process and scholarship guidelines.

11th National Allied Health Conference, 9 – 11 November 2015
Call for Submissions now open. The deadline for abstract submissions is midnight Sunday 28 June 2015, AEST. Please click here for further details on the abstract submission process.

ADS and the ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting 26th – 28th August in Adelaide

The Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) will be reaffirming their strong partnership as leaders in diabetes education, management and research at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition. This meeting will be held in Adelaide on the 26th – 28th August 2015. An exciting and innovative program has been put together that includes national and international experts to promote the exchange of the latest clinical practices and cutting edge research in diabetes. Click here to read more…


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