The Remote and Rural Indigenous Allied Health Workforce Development Projects (RIAHP) primary objective was to stimulate and build the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce in rural and remote communities.
The funding for this project was provided through the Department of Social Services (DSS) Sector Development Fund. In funding the project, there was a recognised need for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce that could enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability living in remote and rural locations to be assessed and receive culturally safe National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) services.
The project began in May 2017 and a report to DSS – outlining 26 recommendations – was submitted in February 2019.
IAHA’s approach is to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities remain the central focus and priority in all our work. Palm Island, Far North Queensland, and Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, were chosen as the communities to work with for this project due to their remote location, high population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the NDIS being implemented into these communities.
IAHA would like to thank the Warumungu, Bwgcolman and Manbarra peoples for their input, sharing of information, country and culture. IAHA also thank members of the RIAHP Steering Committee, the IAHA Board, IAHA partners, stakeholders and members for their support and contribution to this project.