IAHA January 2014 Newsletter

IAHA Newsletter

Message from the Chairperson

Faye McMillanAs 2013 closes on a successful year for IAHA in the culmination of a number of significant achievements such as the Health Fusion Team Challenge, the IAHA Health Awards and the 2nd IAHA conference that was a great success thanks to our members, supporters and the great secretariat at IAHA.  Whilst 2013 is quickly becoming but a memory, 2014 promises to be a time for consolidation and consideration for our future guided by your feedback at the 2013 member forum and AGM.

As the chairperson of this wonderful organisation I feel privileged and honoured to be a representative of the IAHA membership and I want to use this first Newsletter of 2014 to capture the wonderful experience and knowledge of the members (full, student and associate) of IAHA to thank you all for the contributions that you all have given the board and the secretariat over the previous 12 months and the upcoming 12 months and beyond.

As many of you are aware from the Conference/AGM and IAHA correspondence that Mr Craig Dukes has vacated the role of CEO of IAHA and that we will be seeking a new CEO for IAHA in the coming months.  We are confident that we will attract a high calibre of applicants to take up the mantle of CEO for IAHA, and we will keep our members and supporters updated when IAHA has appointed a new CEO.  Whilst this process is taking place the dedicated and committed secretariat is working closely with the board to ensure that the strategic direction of IAHA is maintained.

So as we take more steps into 2014, I would like to wish all our members, friends and supporters a year that is filled with professional and personal success (and that can only be defined by each person individually).  That your families, friends and communities bring you great joy and happiness and that you continue to work with and on behalf of our communities to deliver allied health services that are responsive to the needs and desires of the communities in which we live and belong to.

Yours in Unity,

Faye McMillan
IAHA Chairperson

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Second IAHA National Conference a Success

IAHA ConferenceIAHA held its second national conference in Adelaide on 26 & 27 November 2013. Around 200 delegates enjoyed the professional development and networking opportunities provided by the diversity of presenters, exhibitors and others attending. Delegates were exposed to models of governance, self-determination, intergenerational problems and solutions and examples of individual and organisational leadership at local, national and international levels. Showcasing both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous presenters, the conference featured stories of success, innovation and collaboration – as well as challenges and solutions.

Conference Gallery Preview

To browse all the galleries from the conference, please click here.

To access information about the presenters and to download their presentations where available, please click here.

2013 IAHA Indigenous Allied Health Awards

IAHA AwardsThe Indigenous Allied Health Awards ceremony was held at the conference gala dinner on 26 November 2013. The night, hosted by renowned Aboriginal author Anita Heiss, was a true celebration of excellence within the IAHA membership. It recognised the contribution of IAHA members to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and showcased the outstanding achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health. The winners within each of the 5 categories are identifiable allied health role models who inspire others to consider and pursue a career in allied health. Congratulations to Matthew West, Trevor Ritchie, Tara Lewis, Grace Ward and Professor Pat Dudgeon.

To find out more about these amazing winners, please click here.

HealthFusion Team Challenge

HFTCCongratulations to ‘Team Paitya’ – Trevor Ritchie (occupational therapy), Marayah Taylor (allied health), Stacey Anderson (social work), Michale Franklin-Power (physiotherapy) and Chris Cavanagh (dentistry) for winning the first HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) held specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students. The 20 students came from a diverse range of disciplines including social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, radiography, dentistry, mental health, sport and exercise science, nutrition and dietetics and medical science (pathology). Together the participants learned about working in interprofessional teams to attack a complex case study and plan the holistic care for a fictional character and her family. The skills, knowledge, dedication and passion within the groups were evident to all involved, particularly the mentors engaged to support them. After the inspirational and challenging heats, the final two teams battled it out in a ‘Final Showdown’ which was held as a plenary session within the IAHA national conference. Congratulations to all the teams that participated they were all exceptional. Click here to learn more about the IAHA HFTC.

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Congratulations New Graduates!!!

Kathryn MartinIAHA is proud and delighted to congratulate 15 of its full members for completing their allied health degree in 2013. No longer student members, they move into the graduate membership category as they embark on a new and exciting time in their life journeys. Increasing the number or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in allied health is so important in delivering holistic healthcare and making a difference to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities. These new graduates are the future of allied health and incredible role models to those around them.

Well done and best wishes to the following amazing people:

  • Nastacia Anderson (Social Work)
  • Elisabeth Barrass (Physiotherapy)
  • Patricia Bennell/Johnson (Social Work)
  • Stephanie Blyth (Chiropractic)
  • Luke Burgess (Mental Health)
  • Patricia Councillor (Mental Health)
  • Daniel Jopp (Mental Health)
  • Kathryn Martin (Occupational Therapy) (*pictured above)
  • Trevor Ritchie (Occupational Therapy)
  • Jessamy Roper (Occupational Therapy)
  • Julie Shelley (Social Work)
  • Rebecca Slater (Mental Health)
  • Daniel Sledge (Mental Health)
  • Christopher Webster (Physiotherapy)
  • Matthew West (Podiatry)

IAHA Student Bursary Scheme


The IAHA Student Bursary scheme has been established to assist students with purchasing text book/s for your study. If you are an IAHA Student member click here to fill in the application form 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 will be taking applications for first semester from 6 January 2014 until they are allocated. The final date for first semester applications is 30 May 2014. 2nd Semester applications will open in June 2014.

Should you have any questions about this process, please contact Larry Brandy, IAHA Membership Engagement Officer.

Click here to download the IAHA Bursary Guidelines.

Click here to submit an application for the IAHA Student Bursary Scheme.

Journeys into Allied Health – Lynelle Fallon (Radiography Student)

Lynelle Fallon

Beginning this month we will be featuring IAHA members in the newsletter in a segment entitled ‘Journeys into Allied Health’. These stories give great insight into their amazing journeys, the challenges they have overcome, and the passion they have for making a difference to the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This month we are featuring Lynelle Fallon (Radiography Student). Lynelle was born in Mount Isa and is a proud Waanyi woman with a strong connection to her grandfather’s country at Louie Creek. Her mother has an Aboriginal and Chinese background, and her father’s background is Torres Strait Islander, Japanese and Malay. Lynelle has spent the past 16 years in Mackay, Queensland.  …[Read more]

Have you read IAHA’s Policy Position Papers?

IAHA LogoIAHA worked hard during 2013 to develop a number of policy position statements that support IAHA’s role as a national allied health peak body committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. If you haven’t already done so, you can check them out here. Many of these position statements were developed as the result of member feedback and direction.

IAHA’s position statement on being culturally responsive, challenges all allied health professionals, healthcare providers and education institutions to be actively and consciously culturally responsive. IAHA believes it’s how an individual responds, at any given time, to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait person, family or community they are working with that really makes a difference and improves accessibility of healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s about action, what you do and how you respond.

If you know of any individuals or organisations who are action oriented around cultural responsiveness, we would love to hear about it so we can promote best practice and good news stories to our members and stakeholders.

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Upcoming Events

12 February, 2014
Close the Gap Campaign parliamentary event
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13 February, 2014
National Apology Day
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13 February, 2014
Apology Concert, Melbourne
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13-14 February, 2014
IAHA Board Meeting, Canberra

8 March, 2014
International Women’s Day
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20 March, 2014
National Close the Gap Day
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21 March, 2014
Harmony Day
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