IAHA Ultimate Student Leadership Challenge (USLC)

Applications for the 2022 IAHA Ultimate Student Leadership Challenge (USLC) are NOW OPEN!

Are you an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander IAHA member that is currently in university studying in a health discipline? In that case, the IAHA Ultimate Student Leadership Challenge (IAHA USLC) is for you!

The IAHA USLC is a three-day cultural and professional leadership program that is designed to support you in the development of a wide range of skills and leadership in a health context. Working collaboratively, you will bring your cultural and professional knowledges to the fore as you develop a management plan in response to a complex case study. The challenge will empower you and your fellow health student peers to lead in providing holistic, culturally safe, and multidisciplinary care.

The USLC program is underpinned by IAHA’s Cultural Responsiveness in Action: Theory of Change and IAHA’s Cultural Responsiveness Capability Framework which acts as a tool to support all people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families, and communities in a strengths-based and culturally responsive way.

If you are not already a member of IAHA, do not worry – you can apply to become an IAHA member upon applying to participate in this program. More information on the benefits of IAHA membership can be found here!

How to apply

To apply, please note that:

  • All USLC participants must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander member of IAHA.
  • If you are not already a member of IAHA, you must immediately apply to become an IAHA member using the link provided in your confirmation email to be eligible for consideration.
  • All USLC participants need to be currently enrolled and studying a health-related qualification in Australia

Please click apply now to complete the application form. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a confirmation email to confirm we’ve received your interest.

After the closing date, applications will be assessed via an internal selection process by the IAHA secretariat and successful applicants will be notified closer to the date.

For more information on the IAHA Ultimate Student Leadership Challenge, please email membership@iaha.com.au or call the IAHA Secretariat on (02) 6285 1010.

Important Dates:

The 2022 IAHA USLC to be held on 25 – 27 November 2022 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra in conjunction with the 2022 IAHA National Conference.

If you are selected to participate in the IAHA USLC event for 2022, you will need to commit to participation in the following events and dates:

  • USLC event 25th to 27th November
  • Pre-Conference workshops 28th November
  • IAHA National Conference 29th to 30th November
  • IAHA Members Forum 1st December

More details to be found in your confirmation email. We look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge, the “Proppa Ones”, which was made up of team members: Nerida Riley (Exercise Science, Curtin University), Jared Merritt (Nursing, Flinders University), Cheyenne Gamble (Occupational Therapy, James Cook University), Samara Fernandez (Psychology, University of South Australia) and Melissa Parter (Social Work, Central QLD University).

The IAHA HFTC was held in Darwin in the lead up to the IAHA 10th Anniversary National Conference from 20th – 23rd September 2019. The Challenge involved 35 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students across 12 disciplines.

Here’s what some of the students had to say about the HFTC:

I knew what support services the allied health professionals had in their expertise to support my patient and it enabled me to be a stronger, better person. I thank Kylie and the whole team for this safe space and I certainly know that this journey goes with us for many years to come” – Olivia Hermman, HFTC Student
“The concept that I think I’ve learnt from my mentors is nothing to them without them. Every client is the most knowledgeable about their issues. I’m here to provide my knowledge and to learn from them… It’s taking what these people are saying and then how I can integrate that into how I practice and the way that I see the world.” - Shandryn Kozin, Audiology Student