IAHA MEDIA RELEASE – IAHA Celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Allied Health Workforce
14 October 2021
Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is recognising International Allied Health Professions Day by celebrating the work of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce.
IAHA acknowledge the great work of our members and the broader allied health workforce, across a range of roles, settings, and sectors, and we thank them for the ongoing role they play in improving health and wellbeing outcomes.
To celebrate Allied Health Professions Day, IAHA asked members to share their passion for allied health. Many of IAHA’s members choose to work in allied health because they want to make a meaningful contribution, by working with and for family, friends, and communities.
Tyesha Conlon is an IAHA member and social worker who loves supporting and advocating for her people. Tyesha says she “loves being able to give my people a safe environment to speak about mental health”.
While Allied Health Professions Day is an opportunity to celebrate the important work that the allied health workforce does, it also reinforces IAHA’s calls for transformational change and highlights the ongoing need to increase access to culturally safe and responsive allied health in our communities.
Developing a culturally strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce, through creating supportive pathways into education, training, and employment, and sharing the work of our amazing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models, is fundamental to achieving equitable health and wellbeing outcomes. Increased investment in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce, and in the essential services they provide, is much needed and long overdue.
Tara Lewis, IAHA member and speech pathologist, reflected on the different professional and cultural lens which the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce bring to their work, saying “I love being an allied health professional because I get to go on a journey with our people and share their experiences and stories. I am honoured to learn from Community and advocate for our ways of communicating”
We thank the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce, and our non-Indigenous allies, working to lead change and to increase access to the type of quality, multidisciplinary and culturally safe and responsive care need to keep people, families and communities well and strong.
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Profiles of IAHA members journeys into the allied health workforce are available online on the IAHA website, and members will be sharing their passion for allied health via social media to celebrate Allied Health Professionals Day on Thursday 14 October.
Director of Workforce Development
Indigenous Allied Health Australia
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