Position Statements

Policy Development

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is committed to providing national leadership around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health policy development and implementation.

IAHA have a particular focus on amplifying the role of the allied health workforce to help people achieve positive outcomes in their health to live long, strong and healthy lives.  IAHA has had 10 years of working collaboratively with the Australian Government, corporate members and stakeholders to ensure that health and wellbeing care is culturally safe, responsive, equitable and accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

IAHA is guided by the Board of Directors, its membership and national policy, in advocating for increased recognition of the role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce and the role allied health plays in improving access to and the delivery of culturally responsive and holistic health care services.

IAHA works collaboratively with many organisations and individuals in order to ensure that allied health professions and services are kept in the forefront of policy development and decisions impacting on the allied health wokrforce and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

IAHA is actively engaged in the following national and jurisdictional policy areas including:

  • Cultural Safety and responsiveness
  • Addressing Racism
  • Allied health workforce development
  • Allied Health recognition and value in the health system
  • Indigenous Health and wellbeing
  • Allied Health services and service models
  • Allied Health profession and workforce models

Please contact us if you would like to discuss existing and/or emerging policy initiatives.

 

Changing the Conversation: Strengthening a rights-based holistic approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing

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Hannah Neumayer, an Intern with the Australian National Internship Program, spent a 12 week internship with IAHA in early 2013. This resulted in a 12,000 word paper ‘Changing the Conversation: Strengthening a rights-based holistic approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing’ which was submitted to Australian National University on 12 May 2013 as part of her Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology Major). She received a Distinction for this work and IAHA were pleased to have her as a part of the team for the duration of her internship.