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Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Posted on: 1 July, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 3, July 2009 - September 2009
Related to Cultural ways Health Policies Social issues Employment

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is a website aimed at Indigenous allied health professionals, students, and their non-Indigenous allied health colleagues and people interested in improving Indigenous health. This website provides a forum where people can network, share information and ideas and join in the activities of an Indigenous led allied health professionals association. The IAHA website provides members of the public with easy to follow links to learn about: the various allied health professions; which universities offer allied health courses and relevant post graduate courses; what support schemes and scholarships are available for Indigenous allied health students; other organisations concerned with Indigenous health.

Within the website, allied health professionals around Australia can join in discussions and share information and ideas with peers and with their allied health colleagues collectively. As well as discussing aspects of service delivery they can also plan strategies:

  • to encourage more young Indigenous people to see allied health as a career option and to support these students through to tertiary education;
  • to support Indigenous allied health students through the tertiary courses and placements;
  • and to improve the teaching of Indigenous health and service delivery in allied health courses – to better equip allied health professionals to provide culturally sensitive services.

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