IAHA is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce, building the cultural safety and responsiveness of the broader health workforce and supporting the current allied health workforce through our membership and in partnership with organisations and communities. IAHA offers professional development, training, mentoring, scholarships and other opportunities and fosters partnerships with key stakeholders to ensure they are offering and supporting the aspirations of our members.
Training and Development
IAHA seeks feedback from members and stakeholders to ensure they deliver training and development programs that meet the needs of the allied health workforce, broader health workforce and related sectors including disability, aged care, community services, education and public service. IAHA training is centred around Cultural Safety and Mentoring with specific training targeted at action and transformation of an individual, organisation, institution or service to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities. Cultural Safety is critical to accessing appropriate, available, affordable and acceptable health care that is determined as safe by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have the right to access to health care, education and employment that is equitable and safe with culture recognised and valued as a central and critical part of their care.
IAHA has developed three key training and professional development streams to contribute to professional development and transformation of the health system including: Mentoring, Cultural Responsiveness in Action and Cultural Responsiveness Mentoring.
Workforce Development Strategy
IAHA is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce, building the cultural safety and responsiveness of the broader health workforce and supporting the current workforce in partnership with members, organisations and communities. IAHA offers professional development, training, mentoring, scholarships and other opportunities. Working in partnership with key stakeholders is critical to ensure they are providing supports and development that they are primarily responsible for that fosters the aspirations of our members and the broader Indigenous health workforce.
The IAHA Workforce Development Strategy (the Strategy) was developed in 2017 building on member feedback, lessons learnt and stakeholder engagement over many years with IAHA and within the allied health and Indigenous health sectors. The Strategy provides IAHA with a strategic approach to develop, lead and foster key activities that are based on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health graduates, students and the support workforce.