@IAHA_National Indigenous Allied Health Workforce Development Framework Survey


 ” This Workforce Survey is being conducted by Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), a national not-for-profit member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health association. IAHA supports students and graduates across all tertiary educated Allied Health professions.

IAHA want your help in identifying the development needs for the workforce – this survey is for present and past Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Allied Health graduates and students.”

We would also like your ideas and suggestions to attract, recruit, support and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Allied Health professions.

The Landscape Survey provided us with valuable information regarding the sector as a whole and enabled us to build this Workforce Survey for individuals.

Please be assured that the information reported in this survey will be strictly confidential and only deidentified aggregate data will be used in any report.

How long will it take? – We anticipate that the survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Other instructions for completing the survey:

1. The survey will be open from 1st December 2016 until 3rd February 2017.
2. The survey data will not be submitted to us until you select “done” on the last page.
3. Please call Craig Gear on 0410695659 if you have any queries about the survey, or contact Indigenous Allied Health Australia on (02) 6285 1010.

Thank you for your participation!


Gari Watson is a Goreng Goreng, Gangulu and Biri Gubba man who grew up in Brisbane, Queensland with his family, including three older siblings. Gari was the third Indigenous dentist to graduate from James Cook University (JCU) in 2014. “I knew from the age of 12 when I got braces that I wanted to be a dentist


NACCHO political alert: Federal Government to establish Chief Allied Health Officer


Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, has announced that the Government would establish the Commonwealth’s first Chief Allied Health Officer to support the work of thousands of important health professionals.

“Allied health professionals make up about 20 per cent of the health workforce in Australia, providing vital services to patients and the establishment of a Chief Allied Health Officer will further strengthen and support their work,” said Ms Plibersek.


“They play a key role in patient care, especially for people with chronic and complex conditions, and the services that they provide are becoming increasingly important with an ageing population.

“The Government recognises the work that allied health professionals do and the Chief Allied Health Officer will provide advice on how best to strengthen their role,” said Ms Plibersek.

The establishment of a Chief Allied Health Officer also responds to a recommendation of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, following its inquiry into the factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas.

The committee found that allied health professionals face additional challenges in delivering services to regional, rural and remote Australia.

While the Chief Allied Health Officer will have improving the delivery of allied health services in the bush as a key focus, all Australians will benefit from well integrated medical, nursing and allied health care services.

Medicare Locals also provide important new opportunities for allied health services to be more effective and more accessible in local communities across Australia.

The Minister has congratulated Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) and Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) on their commitment to advancing allied health care and supporting allied health students and practitioners across Australia.