Rikki Fischer Statement for Board Director

My name is Rikki Fischer and I am a proud Wiradjuri woman, currently living and working on Larrakia country in Darwin, NT. I have a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health); Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs; Certificate IV in Human Resources and a Certificate IV Training and Assessment TAE; I also hold a Diploma in Auditing.

I am a family person and I am an Auntie to 8 and a Godmother to 6 children. I love and care for these children like my own, family is important to me, as is being a strong role model for the next generation.

I have been an active member of IAHA since 2014 and ensure that I manage to get to our IAHA Forums and Conferences, but also our member get-togethers at the local level. In 2017 I began having an active role in supporting one of IAHA’s program, the NT Aboriginal Health Academy. This opportunity of working with local high school students is a passion for me, as the reason I do the work I do is about supporting our people to achieve their dreams, live their life to their full potential and having a healthy lifestyle.

IAHA’s strategic plan is about SUPPORT, GROW, TRANSFORM and LEAD. I can relate to IAHA’s vision under these areas, as my personal and professional experience has been about working and learning in these domains.

I am proud to be a member of IAHA and I have been supported by my family, friends, mentors and workplace to consider taking on the challenge to put my hand up to be a Board Director for IAHA. If you had met me 10 years ago, you wouldn’t have imagined me putting my hand up for such a role; I never thought I would do this either. However, I have been supported through many people across the sector and many of those people are a part of the IAHA family. I am now keen to put myself out there to take on the next challenge and leadership role to give back to an organisation that has supported me, and others just like me.

My passion is to be an advocate and to work in a supportive way to enable those that feel that they don’t have a voice, to ensure that their voice is heard and that they can contribute. I have a strong sense of responsibility to our community and the next generation and my interests are in supporting the need to grow the future health workforce. The work I have been doing in the AOD sector has given me great skills in this area; I am all about the next generation – growing our future workforce, providing health role models for our young people. This is one of the main reasons I enjoy volunteering my time to support IAHA with the NT Aboriginal Health Academy. When I was at school, I wasn’t the one with lots of confidence in the classroom, but I had support on my education journey and I managed to finish high school and go on to get my Bachelor of Mental Health. Our students need those flexible pathways and I want to support IAHA in creating those opportunities nationally.

As members of IAHA we have all asked IAHA to do lots for us – across the country. At some point, as IAHA members we need to be prepared to take responsibility and give back. Culturally that’s what we do – we give back to our community. Putting my hand up to nominate for the IAHA Board is scary, but I am willing to take on the next leadership challenge and give my time and energy to an organisation that is about the collective and about transforming the allied health sector to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for our people.