IAHA September 2014 Newsletter

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Update from the Board: Faye McMillan – Pharmacist

Faye McMillanWelcome to the IAHA newsletter for September 2014.  I just wanted to share some information that some may find useful to organise the remainder of 2014, we have as of 22 September have 94 days or 13 weeks and 3 days until Christmas, so unless I forget Merry Christmas and happy shopping.

On a more exciting note we are getting closer to 2014 IAHA National Forum, this forum is a wonderful opportunity to network and share our professional experiences with colleagues and friends from diverse professions. The professional development workshops cover a vast array of issues that are of critical importance to the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The health fusion team challenge is a wonderful opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Allied health and more broadly the health sector to come together and be supported in developing the professional skills and knowledge that they will need to effectively work in health. There is still time to jump on the IAHA website and register for the workshops and the gala dinner and awards ceremony.

Another exciting event that will run concurrently with the forum is the National Indigenous Allied Health Awards and the gala dinner that will allow us all to come together to celebrate and recognise the wonderful work that is going on across our nation by our members, students and associate members of IAHA.  Whilst none of us are here in this space for awards, it is always nice when an individual’s work is recognised by their peers and colleagues. So if you know of someone that you think meets the criteria for one of the award categories then please jump onto our website and nominate them, cause we couldn’t do this without you.

The culmination of the workshops and the dinner will be the IAHA AGM and members forum that will take place on the 27th of November, so please keep your eye out for the paperwork that will be forwarded to all IAHA members.  I look forward to seeing you all there and using your voice to ensure that IAHA is doing all that it can for its members.

Yours in Unity,

Faye McMillan
IAHA Chairperson

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Fantastic CPD Opportunity in Canberra!

forum_boxAllied health professionals have a great CPD opportunity at an exciting event to be held at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra from 24-27 November, 2014. Indigenous Allied Health Australia invites you to attend our National Leadership and Professional Development Forum – in this unique interprofessional learning experience you will:

  • Celebrate and embrace the diversity and strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures
  • Build individual leadership capacity to influence change
  • Explore the holistic definition of health from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective and the benefits of this approach for all Australians
  • Identify the most effective communication methods for consultation, reporting and dissemination of research findings when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Get a roadmap for developing critical thinking skills
  • Define, identify and explore the multiple layers and benefits of being a culturally responsive practitioner
  • Build your personal toolkit to combat racism in all forms

Don’t miss the chance to broaden your professional skills and knowledge at the only allied health forum in Canberra in 2014!

Call us right now at (02) 6285 1010 for more details, or click here to register for this event.

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Out and About with Larry Brandy

11th SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals. 17-20 September 2014, Mantra on Salt Beach, NSW.

I attended this conference for IAHA where we had a stall to promote the importance of allied health for our Mob. IAHA CEO Donna Murray and Deputy Chair Kylie Stothers also attended this event and Donna was part of a Panel Discussion where she talked about the importance of culturally responsive leadership, with a focus on rural and remote. Around 200 people attended for the three day event and the program was jam-packed with interesting sessions and keynote speakers – some funny, some sad and some really made us think! I had quite a few talks with people from around the country who were almost all from rural and remote Australia, walking past our stall. Many were interested in what we do and what we offer and some were very interested in our mentoring and gathered our information and promotional items. Overall a very successful trip and I spoke to so many people throughout the 3 days, talking with them all about IAHA and how they can be involved.

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Policy Update

AAHF Parliamentary Summit

The Australian Allied Health Forum (AAHF), a collaborative of representatives from allied health organisations who work together on issues of national importance to the allied health professions and the Australian public, held a Parliamentary Summit on 2 September 2014. We met individually with Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Senator Nick Xenophon, Senator Richard Di Natale, the Hon Catherine King MP, Senior Advisor to Senator Ricky Muir, Advisor to Senator John Madigan and Senior Advisor to Senator David Leyonhjelm. We discussed the role of allied health in health reform, and how allied health has the potential to be a cost effective option in the efficient delivery of health care in Australia. We also highlighted the particular importance of allied health to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and those living in rural and remote locations. During our discussions, it was suggested that AAHF draft questions for consideration that may be useful to stimulate discussion in the Senate around alternative models of healthcare delivery (including allied health) which were developed and sent to the Senators concerned. We will keep you informed should further developments occur.

Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions

Click here to access the Consultation Paper prepared by Independent Reviewer Mr Kim Snowball who has been commissioned by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council to review the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the health professions. Individuals and/or organisations are encouraged to make a written submission. Submissions should be emailed to: nras.review@health.vic.gov.au by close of business 10 October 2014.

Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding round NOW OPEN

The Guidelines, Application Kit and FAQs for the IAS grant funding round are available here. The new Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) began on 1 July 2014 and replaced more than 150 individual programmes and activities with five flexible, broad-based programmes Jobs, Land and Economy; Children and Schooling; Safety and Wellbeing; Culture and Capability; and Remote Australia Strategies. A grant funding round under the IAS opened on Monday 8 September 2014 and will close at 2pm EDST on Friday 17 October, allowing six weeks for applications.

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Journey’s into Allied Health – Marika Cox: Psychology

Marika CoxThis month’s featured Journey into Allied Health comes from Psychology graduate Marika Cox. Marika’s fantastic story is filled with useful advice for those thinking about a career in Allied Health, and gives a great insight into the challenges she faced and the support and resources she used to help get her through her degree. Click here to read Marika’s story.

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Check out our Awesome Range of IAHA Products! NEW Smartphone Power Banks available now!

PowerbankIAHA has recently made a limited number of Smartphone Power Banks available in our online store, click here to purchase one of these VERY handy devices and keep your phone charged at all times! We also have a range of other 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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Other Health News

Workplace Cultural Diversity Tool

  • Offers practical steps to effectively manage a culturally diverse workforce
  • Lets organisations assess themselves against 30 measures of competence
  • Provides a starting point for those considering a focus on cultural diversity
  • Helps those committed to cultural diversity move towards best practice.

Try the free tool here to receive your confidential report tailored to your workplace.

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Upcoming Events

IAHA Indigenous Leadership Workshop: 17-19 February, 2015

All Indigenous Members are invited to attend this upcoming workshop in Alice Springs. Click here to register your interest and for more information.

1-4 October, 2014

Aitken Hill Conference Centre, Melbourne
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9-10 October, 2014

4th Annual Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association Congress – Melbourne
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15-18 October, 2014

2014 CRANAplus Conference – Melbourne
Click here to read more…