IAHA July 2014 Newsletter

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CEO’s Report

Donna_web1Welcome to the July 2014 Newsletter.

Planning for the 2014 IAHA National Forum is progressing well, with the 8 workshop topics confirmed and a line-up of exceptional facilitators on board to engage and challenge participants both professionally and personally. We have already gained the support of several national professional bodies (click here to view) who have endorsed the workshops for CPD purposes and we will continue to add to this list as we receive confirmation from our partner organisations. In addition, workshop participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, detailing the duration, aims and learning outcomes of the workshop/s, which can be included in their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) personal portfolio.

We are also pleased that in the current climate, a number of organisations have chosen to demonstrate their commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health by investing in the Forum, particularly ACT Health (HFTC) and Hesta (Gala Dinner).

Following a formal request by members at the 2013 IAHA AGM and after careful consideration, the IAHA Board are very delighted to welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dentistry students and graduates as full members of IAHA. Existing dentistry associate members have been notified and IAHA welcomes membership enquiries from other dentistry students and graduates in the future.

This month I was privileged to be asked by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council to facilitate an interactive webinar ‘Yarning About Allied Health’. Held on 22 July 2014, the webinar covered the role of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and allied health more broadly within the context of improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing; the diversity of allied health professions that contribute to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes; pathways into careers in allied health; and what it means to be culturally responsive. This webinar was recorded and may be available to be downloaded from our website soon.

IAHA continues its active involvement in the Close the Gap (CTG) Steering Committee, participating in a strategic planning workshop with other key stakeholders last week. It is a pleasure to work with so many organisations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing the CTG pledge here.


Donna Murray
Chief Executive Officer

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IAHA 2014 Professional Development Scholarships


  1. 2014 IAHA National Forum Scholarship – Closes 15 August 2014 – A limited number of scholarships are available for IAHA members to attend the 2014 IAHA National Forum – apply online here.
  2. IAHA Indigenous Leadership Scholarship – Closes 15 August 2014 – IAHA is offering the opportunity for 6 full members to attend the Indigenous Leadership & Governance Foundation Program. This two-day, non-accredited Program is tailored specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, providing a valuable grounding in practical knowledge and skills required by organisational leaders. Apply online here.
  3. IAHA Professional Development Scholarship to attend SARRAH Conference – IAHA is offering the opportunity for 2 members to attend the 2014 SARRAH Conference in Kingscliff, NSW from 17-20 September 2014. Contact us to express your interest.

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2014 IAHA National Forum Update

2014 IAHA ForumThe 2014 IAHA National Forum to be held in Canberra 24-27 November 2014 will host the second IAHA Health Fusion Team Challenge, 8 Professional Development workshops and the IAHA 2014 National Indigenous Allied Health Awards and Gala Dinner. These events will present fantastic opportunities to work together, support each other, enhance professional and personal journeys and celebrate the successes of those contributing to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Click here for more information.

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Out and About with Larry Brandy

staff_larry1NAIDOC Week

Great looking at all the different Aboriginal shirts today at NAIDOC on the peninsula, Canberra. I had a stall for Indigenous Allied Health Australia. We sold quite a bit of IAHA merchandise, mainly polos and a few ties, contributing to our student support fund. I spoke to quite a few people about allied health careers, mentoring and IAHA, with a lot of interest shown from both Indigenous and Non- Indigenous people.

There was music throughout the day, and some of the performers where hip-hop trio The Last Kinection, Torres Strait Islander guitar virtuoso Chris Tamwoy and celebrated singer song-writer Troy Brady with his ten-year-old son Dean, Hung Parliament, Johnny Huckle, Conversation, The Riverbank Band and dancers from the Solid Young Fellas and Sistas program.

It was great catching up with mob and to see so many families enjoying the day. Also great to see so many kids with their faces painted.

I really enjoy NAIDOC day on the Peninsula. This event has become a great community event.

Mana Allawah Aboriginal Summit

I attended the Mana Allawah (Darug for ‘get together’) Summit at Macquarie University on Thursday 17 July 2014.  There were around 40 exhibitors ranging from Aboriginal children’s services, health organisations, education, employment and Medicare stalls. Also some Aboriginal owned businesses.  Many stall holders grabbed our brochures to hopefully spread the word. They were very interested in learning about IAHA and what we do. People were pleased we came from Canberra to inform them about IAHA. Again quite a few people liked our IAHA merchandise so I advised them to go online and have a look. I also met a couple of potential members who I encouraged to join up and attend our forum in November.

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Journeys into Allied Health – Daniel Jopp – Aboriginal Mental Health Professional

joppDaniel Jopp is a Dunghutti man who grew up in Newcastle but is originally from Kempsey. He graduated at the age of 35 from a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2013.

Click here to read Daniel’s story in full…

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Strong Hearing, Strong Start – Care For Kids’ Ears

Care for Kids' EarsWe all want our children to have a strong start in life, and good hearing is an important part of this. That’s why the Australian Government has developed the Care for Kids’ Ears campaign. The campaign includes resources for parents and carers, early childhood groups, teachers and teachers’ aides and health professionals, providing important information on keeping kids’ ears healthy.

The Care for Kid’s Ears campaign aims to increase awareness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(s) of ear disease, highlight risk factors for ear disease and promote the importance of seeking and following treatment to prevent hearing loss.

A range of electronic and hard copy resources have been developed to get these important ear health messages out to the community. A number of these resources have been translated to up to 22 Indigenous languages that are spoken across Australia.

A ‘Talking Book’ has been produced which communicates ear health promotion messages in English and a range of Indigenous languages. This engaging resource can be used by health workers in a professional setting or by parents and carers in the home. The ‘Talking Book’ is available for download at the itunes and Google Play store.

These new electronic resources complement the range of popular information resources that are already available through the campaign website. All the Care for Kids’ Ears resources aim to reduce ear disease and keep children’s ears healthy. For health professionals, regular ear checks for otitis media are important.

“Kids’ ears should be checked every time they’re at the clinic. If they’re coming in for an immunisation, a chest infection, or even a splinter on their toe – check their ears,” Sandi Nelson, Youth Hearing Health Coordinator says. “A quick 10 minute test can make all the difference. It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of kids’ hearing.”

The Care for Kids’ Ears resources for parents and carers, early childhood and community groups, teachers and health professionals can be downloaded or ordered from the Care for Kids’ Ears’ website: http://www.careforkidsears.health.gov.au/

Online videos telling parents, health workers and teachers stories about the impact of ear disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can be viewed at: http://www.careforkidsears.health.gov.au/internet/cfke/publishing.nsf/Content/video

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Become a member of the LIME Network!

The LIME NetworkThe Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network is a dynamic network dedicated to:

  • Ensuring the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Indigenous health in medical and health science education, and;
  • Best practice in the recruitment and support through to graduation of Indigenous students.

It seeks to build multi-disciplinary linkages and to provide quality review, professional development, capacity-building and advocacy functions.

The LIME Network consists of over 1000 members from varying fields, including university staff; medical students; government employees; Indigenous Health Organisation workers; medicine, nursing and allied health professionals; and Indigenous community members from Australia, New Zealand/Aotearoa, Canada, USA and further afield.

Sign up via the LIME website to become a Member and:

  • Stay up to date with the latest in Indigenous Medical and Health Education through the LIME Network newsletter and email bulletins;
  • Receive invitations and updates on LIME events, resources, new tools for educators and LIME Connection Conferences.

To become a Member, visit:


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Primary Health Care Roadshow

Public HealthPrimary health care in Australia is undergoing a transformation with the introduction of Primary Health Networks. Join the discussion on this transformation and more at the Primary Health Care Conference 2014 Roadshow.
The Roadshow will provide a unique opportunity for organisations and individuals interested in the establishment of the PHNs and primary health care in general, to meet with those with similar interests in the same state. As well as examining the how, what and why of PHNs, the Roadshow will delve into the international experience and provide a state by state perspective and focus.
These events are a must for anyone with an interest in the future of primary health care.

For more information visit the website.

Roadshow Dates

Perth Adelaide
Date: 18 September 2014 Date: 22 September 2014
Time: 9:00 – 5:00pm Time: 9:00 – 5:00pm
Venue: Pan Pacific Perth Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Melbourne Sydney
Date: 25 September 2014 Date: 29 September 2014
Time: 9:00 – 5:00pm Time: 9:00 – 5:00pm
Venue: Bayview Eden Venue: The Grace Hotel
6 Queens Road, Melbourne 77 York St, Sydney
Date: 1 October 2014
Time: 9:00 – 5:00pm
Venue: Mercure Brisbane
85-87 North Quay, Brisbane

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Check out our Awesome Range of IAHA Products!

IAHA has a range of products available via our webstore, including Hoodies, Polos, Snapback Hats, Scarves, and Ties. All proceeds are used to fund IAHA Scholarships, which support our members in furthering their allied health careers.

Click here to read more…

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Scholarship Opportunities Available Now!

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship is now open for application. There are also a number of other scholarships available in the Scholarships section of our website.

Click here to see more scholarships…

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Upcoming Events

4 August, 2014

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
Click here to read more…

9 August, 2014
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Click here to read more…

25-27 August, 2014
15th International Mental Health Conference
Click here to learn more…

26-29 August, 2014
The Mental Health Services Conference Incorporated (TheMHS) conference
Click here to learn more…

27-29 August, 2014
2014 International Indigenous Oral Health Conference
Click here to learn more…