IAHA April 2014 Newsletter

IAHA Newsletter

Kelleigh RyanUpdate from the Board – Kelleigh Ryan, Psychologist and IAHA Board Member

Welcome to another update from the IAHA Board of Directors for the April 2014 edition of our newsletter. April 2014 has been an exciting month for the IAHA Board of Directors as we held a special general meeting to fill vacancies on the Board. We are very pleased to welcome Nicole Turner to the IAHA Board, who is a Kamilaroi woman and one of very few qualified Aboriginal community Nutritionists in Australia. She brings extensive skills, knowledge and experience, from both professional and personal perspectives, to the Board and we all look forward to working with her.

The hunt for an exceptional CEO to lead IAHA into the future is continuing, and we hope to have an exciting announcement in the coming weeks.

The secretariat of IAHA continue to carry out their complex duties in supporting IAHA members and the board of directors. The secretariat has guaranteed the voice of IAHA has been front and centre in advocating through submissions, coordinating submissions on behalf of IAHA membership and strategically attending meetings and events. Among other things, IAHA is on the management committee of the Social Determinants of Health Alliance and attended the amazing forum “Racism and Culture as Social Determinants”. You can see the slides from presenters at this forum on our website. During all of this amazing work Donna Murray has been unstoppable in the role of acting CEO and I personally would like to say “thank you” to Donna from myself and all the board members. You have enabled a powerful and seamless transition not only into the New Year but also during this time of growth for IAHA.

On a personal note I would like to congratulate one of our members Stacey Vervoort on her recent wedding and the direction of her PhD studies. Everyone who wishes to, please take the time to say hi at our next gathering in November 2014 and ask Stacey what that direction might be. For my personal direction this year, I will be working again with our health professionals delivering supervision for our members working with the SEWB of our communities. I am expanding my knowledge around trauma, exploring the concept of collective trauma, mechanisms of secondary trauma and holistic case management across a number of systems. Feel free to send in any information you may have or want on this subject to our secretariat and IAHA members’ site and let’s see what sort of a powerful collection of knowledge we could build for our members and our professional interests.  IAHA is always happy to hear from you, our members, so feel free to stay in contact through the members’ area of our webpage.

Kelleigh Ryan
Psychologist and IAHA Board Member

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IAHA April 2014 Update


In between Easter and ANZAC Day breaks it’s been business as usual for the IAHA board and secretariat during the month of April, with planning for the IAHA 2014 National Forum in late November progressing smoothly. May will be another busy month, with the next IAHA board meeting to take place in Canberra on 21-22 May coinciding with the first meeting of the IAHA Student Representative Council (SRC) from 20-21 May.

We are also pleased to announce that we have joined the Racism “It Stops With Me” campaign along with a wide range of organisations from across Australia. We strongly encourage you to get behind this campaign and fight racism. More information about the campaign and how to join can be found here.

Also, a reminder that National Reconciliation Week is coming up from 27 May – 3 June. To help support this important initiative and register an event, click here.

The National Commission of Audit Report has been released today, and can be found here.

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Nicole Turner - IAHA Board Member

IAHA welcomes Nicole Turner to the Board of Directors

Nicole is a Kamilaroi woman, her grandmother was part of the stolen generation, and she currently lives on the coast near Kempsey. She is one of very few qualified Aboriginal community Nutritionists in Australia. Nicole currently works in 2 roles… She is an Indigenous health academic with Newcastle University and within that role she delivers cultural awareness training to over 500 university students per year and conducting research and writing research articles. She currently has six research papers published in international journals and has three more currently with a Journal awaiting review.

Nicole’s other role is as Go4fun Hunter New England Area manager. This role consists of training Aboriginal staff to deliver a 10 week healthy lifestyle program (go4fun) in their community, and Nicole also travels over the Hunter New England area setting up the Go4fun program in schools and Aboriginal communities. She has worked in the health sector for over 20 years and worked in Aboriginal health for 15 years.

Nicole’s passion is nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle and she believes we need to educate and give knowledge to our people about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and prevention of chronic diseases. She is involved with national, state and local committees and organisations, and also involved in a state research ethics committee.  Nicole has presented at many conferences over Australia on different topics, especially health. She enjoys empowering other Aboriginal people to attend university and obtain a degree, and also speaks to a lot of school children and encourage them to finish school and follow their dreams to get to university. Nicole sees her main role in life as making sure her four beautiful children and her gorgeous grandson grow up strong and healthy.

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Policy Update

Policy Update – IAHA comments on proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA)

The Australian Government is currently considering amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
On 25 March 2014, the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, released an exposure draft Bill on the proposed amendments to the Act. The Attorney-General has called for submissions on the draft by 30 April 2014.

IAHA has developed a paper on the proposed changes which was  submitted on 30 April and is available here. In this submission, IAHA strongly opposes all proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 as they significantly weaken the existing racial vilification protections and increase the impact of racism on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

IAHA rejects all forms of racial discrimination – whether it is vilification, intimidation, humiliation, insult or offence based on race, colour or national or ethnic origin, perpetrated privately or in public. At the heart of the matter, lies the impact of such racial discrimination on the physical, social, emotional and economic wellbeing of all Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In addition to providing our own comments to the Attorney General about the proposed amendments, IAHA has also contributed to the Close The Gap Steering Committee Submission on the Exposure Draft. This submission will also be available on the IAHA website soon.

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IAHA Student Bursary Scheme

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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.

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HETI – Registrations are now open For May and June 2014 clinical supervision training events

HETI CSSRegistrations have opened for The Training Series (foundation and intermediate level training workshops) and Masterclass 2014 (advanced level workshops).

These free, full day events are open to all health professionals who are clinical supervisors of students and trainees.

Places are filling up fast, so make sure you get your registration in early.

Clinical Supervision Training Series

The Clinical Supervision Training Series is aimed at foundation and intermediate level clinical supervisors of students and trainees.

Registration for May and June workshops are now open.

Register for Training Series

The Masterclass Series 2014

Clinical Supervision on a Shoestring is aimed at experienced clinical supervisors of students and trainees.

Registration for May and June Masterclass events are now open.

Register for Masterclass 2014