My name is Maddison Adams, I am a proud Wulli Wulli Woman from South East Queensland. I have grown up and now work on Turrbal and Jagera Country in Brisbane and have been an active, engaged IAHA member since 2014. I graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) from Queensland University of Technology in 2015 and recently enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice at James Cook University.
I have been working as a podiatrist for three years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health services. I am both excited and honoured to have the opportunity to share with you, my fellow members why I would be a valuable addition to the IAHA Board of Directors.
In my professional role I deliver a culturally responsive podiatry service and mentor and supervise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees and podiatry students. I currently provide services in South East QLD and travel to South West QLD to remote communities once a month. Working as a clinician has enabled me to not only develop by clinical skills but also my critical thinking, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
As I work in a large inter-disciplinary allied health team, I have a clear understanding of representing the collective and not just my profession. I would use the same approach on the Board to advocate for other professions and health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. My vision for IAHA is a larger, stronger membership resulting in a culturally responsive health workforce. This aligns strongly with IAHA’s Vision and current Strategic Plan. I envision IAHA’s priorities including early career support and a focus on developing leadership within the membership. As a member, I feel an active part of the strategic plan and the priority areas ’Support, Grow, Transform and Lead’ resonate strongly with me.
Aboriginal Ways of Doing, Being and Knowing are central to me and I value learning, reflection and growth. I understand the responsibilities of becoming a Board Director and hope to act with
compassion and integrity whilst representing IAHA. As an Aboriginal allied health professional, I am both completely dedicated and committed to improving the health outcomes of our mob.
Finally, I am confident I would be a staunch and valuable young addition to the IAHA Board.