IAHA Professional Development and Support

“Attending the International Indigenous Allied Health Forum as a student was a fantastic experience… I was delighted to receive this opportunity as I am eager to learn as much as possible about inter-professional and culturally driven ways of addressing the health needs of our people. I had an opportunity to meet many other students from a variety of health disciplines, international colleagues from Canada and New Zealand as well as health professionals from various health disciplines.” 

– Fiona Wright 

“Attending the IAHA HFTC both as a student and mentor is something that has helped to mould me to who I am and wish to become, it is an experience that I will never forget! I urge more students to take the time and effort to attend and participate as it will pay back tenfold with friends, experience and knowledge!”

– Aaron Percival

Clinical Placement Scholarships

IAHA and the Royal Flying Doctors Service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarship 

The IAHA RFDS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarship is committed to growing the remote and rural allied health workforce and aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander allied health students to undertake a remote or rural clinical placement.


JCU Centre for Rural and Remote Health, Mount Isa (MICRRH) and IAHA Student Placement Scholarship

As a commitment under the partnership agreement between IAHA and JCU MICRRH, and in an effort to grow an appropriate and skilled remote and rural health workforce, there is an opportunity to create student placements for IAHA members in the Mount Isa region.


IAHA Graduate Member Professional Development Scholarships

IAHA offers Professional Development Scholarships for IAHA members who wish to undertake a professional development opportunity on a case-by-case basis. This is inclusive of but not limited to Short Courses, Non-Award Post Graduate Courses, Graduate Clinical Placements and Conferences/forums.

More information and applications can be accessed here

Student Bursaries

Did you know that you can apply for an IAHA Bursary to assist you with purchasing text book/s for your study. Please click HERE to fill in the form below as comprehensively as possible – the more information you provide, the greater your chance of success. The IAHA Bursary is based on financial hardship and therefore we will require some important information from you. There will be 10 IAHA Bursaries available per semester and we are currently taking applications for second semester from until they are allocated.

Should you have any questions about this process, please contact IAHA on 02 6285 1010 or email admin@iaha.com.au.

Click here to download the IAHA Bursary Guidelines 

Professional Development Event Support

IAHA offers annual professional development scholarship to members to attend IAHA National events such as the National Conference and National Forum. These are key events on the IAHA calendar that bring together our members and stakeholders from across Australia, across diverse disciplines and from diverse culturally backgrounds to celebrate the achievements in allied health and Indigenous health. It supports members to showcase and share their work, experiences and stories in a culturally safe and responsive environment building their skills in presenting, public speaking and leadership.  

The open date for Applications to the 2020 IAHA National Conference and Indigenous Student Team Challenge will be announced soon. 


Brien Holden Foundation Scholarship

Brien Holden Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarships for Optometry Students

The Brien Holden Foundation, in partnership with Indigenous Allied Health Australia, are offering scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently studying or interested in studying optometry. 

The scholarships will support tuition and associated costs such as textbooks and equipment, while also supporting clinical placements and mentoring.

If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person enrolled in, or intending to enrol in an optometry degree, please apply HERE.