Indigenous Health Students compete at IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge

hftc-team-photoIAHA held its fourth annual Health Fusion Team Challenge (HFTC) in Canberra from the 27-29th November 2016.  The HFTC is a fun, interactive 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.

This year’s HFTC brought together 36 health students from Exercise Science / Physiology, Health Science – OT Pathway, Medicine, Mental Health, Nutrition & Dietetics, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Oral Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social Work and Speech Pathology.

Over the course of two and a half days, students worked in interprofessional teams to develop a management plan in response to a complex case study. This years’ case study focused on a client who had suffered a stroke in a regional/remote location. All teams presented their respective management plans during the heats with the two top teams, PINK and Deadly Winju, going through for the final showdown at the IAHA National Professional Development Forum. 

Team PINK took out the top spot for their management plan which included good cultural content, demonstrated a high level of person-centred care and drew on the role of many different allied health professions, including professions that were not immediately represented by the students themselves. IAHA would like to congratulate team PINK members Kirrilaa Johnstone (Exercise Science), Ian Lee (Medicine), Jade Luangsay (Health Science), Will Kennedy (Mental Health) and Amy Pfitzner (Medical Imaging) for their incredible teamwork and creative presentation. 

Well done to all IAHA 2016 HFTC participants who positively contributed to team activities, demonstrating respect for and actively collaborating with the diverse disciplines represented within their interdisciplinary teams. 

December 5, 2016


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