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Australian Indigenous health associations

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Australian Indigenous Doctors Association

AIDA is the professional organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and graduates.  AIDA advocates for improvements in Indigenous health in Australia and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work in medicine by supporting Indigenous students and doctors.

www.aida.org.au

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association

 

The Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) is the national body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists in Australia.
AIPA is committed to improving the social and emotional well-being and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by leading the change required to deliver equitable, accessible, sustainable, timely and culturally competent psychological care which respects and promotes their cultural integrity. Furthermore, AIPA is committed to supporting and formally representing the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists and students, supporting Indigenous psychologists through undergraduate and post graduate courses, working toward achieving equity within the profession and developing and delivering professional development activities which aim to increase the cultural competence of the mental health workforce, service delivery and the mental health system overall. By maintaining a high standard of practice and engaging in Indigenous psychological research, AIPA is committed to being on the forefront of Indigenous psychology in Australia.
www.indigenouspsychology.com.au 

 

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses

CATSIN represents Indigenous nurses

www.catsin.org.au/

 

Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Indigenous Allied Health Australia Inc, the peak allied health body for Indigenous people in Australia, was incorporated in June 2009, with a Committee of Management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals. Our vision is to achieve the same quality of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The IAHA Committee of Management comprises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals of the following allied health professions: audiology; dietetics; exercise physiology; occupational therapy; pharmacy; physiotherapy; podiatry; psychology; social work; speech pathology; radiography. All of the allied health professions are represented by IAHA.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students are eligible to be full members of IAHA. Associate membership is open to other health professionals who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as to non-Indigenous allied health professionals and allied health assistants.

www.indigenousalliedhealth.com.au

 

Indigenous Dentists Association of Australia

IDAA's principal objective is the promotion of good oral health for Indigenous Australians.  The Association promotes communication between members and aims to support Indigenous dentists and dental students.

www.idaa.com.au/IDAA/Home.html

 

Lowitja Institute

The Lowitja Institute, Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, is an innovative research body that brings together Aboriginal organisations, academic institutions and government agencies to facilitate collaborative, evidence-based research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
The Institute produces a quarterly newsletter, called Wangka Pulka, which means 'Big Talk' in the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara language from its patron Lowitja O'Donoghue's traditional lands in northern South Australia. It  also distributes a fortnightly eBulletin with information on conferences and events, jobs, scholarships, short courses and publications, and much else besides. You can subscribe to both (and view past copies) at:

 www.lowitja.org.au

 
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

NACCHO is the national peak Aboriginal health body representing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services throughout Australia. An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) or an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) is a primary health care service initiated and operated by the local Aboriginal community to deliver holistic, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate health care to the community which controls it (through a locally elected Board of Management).  In keeping with the philosophy of self-determination, Aboriginal communities operate over 140 AMSs across Australia.

The NACCHO website has the links to each of the state and territory Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.
www.naccho.org.au

SNAICC - Secretariat National Aboriginal Islander Child Care

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

SNAICC role and activities include:

Policy, advocacy and representation
Resources, publications and training
Support for sector development and networking.
www.snaicc.asn.au

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Nurses and Midwives

CATSINaM promotes, supports and advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives and to close the gap in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  [They] do this by:
- developing strategies to increase the number of practising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives
- developing strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives throughout their nursing career to keep them in the profession
- encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to consider and select nursing and midwifery as a career
- working with governments and universities on workforce planning and ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can become nurses and midwives
- ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students have targeted support and assistance to give everyone the opportunity to realise their potential
- helping universities and educational institutions that teach nursing and midwifery understand the issues that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
- ensuring that all nurses and midwives learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, history and culture, including cultural safety, in all courses leading to enrolment, registration or endorsement as a nurse or midwife
- working with other health organisations to make sure our Peoples stand alongside doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes
- explaining and advocating against racism – one key way is to provide cultural safety training to the leaders and decision makers in an across the health sector
- listening to our members’ aspirations and concerns and advocate on their behalf
- working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Leadership to positively impact on Government policy and it’s effect on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- To advance the health and economic stability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People through the recruitment and retention of our People into the Australian health and education system and advocating to government on behalf of our membership

http://www.catsinam.org.au/