The National Rural Health Alliance has this week admitted two new organisations to membership. They are Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME). This brings the number of national organisations in the Alliance to 36.
The IAHA is the national peak body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students. It works to build leadership capacity in the allied health and Indigenous health sectors, address health curricula and workforce issues, promote allied health careers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and provide expert advice to governments.
Faye McMillan, IAHA Chair, said the organisation’s vision is for Indigenous Australians to have access to professionally and culturally responsive allied health services delivered by Indigenous professionals who are recognised and acknowledged as an essential part of a holistic approach to Indigenous health.
“As well as their professional training and experience, our members bring the added benefits of being able to view health and wellbeing through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens by virtue of their lived experiences as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” she said.
The Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME) is a national network representing the 17 Rural Clinical Schools and Regional Medical Schools.
FRAME aims to influence and promote rural medical education and help address the priority health care needs of rural, regional and remote Australia. It also acts as a forum for discussion of issues of importance to its members, such as rural medical pedagogy and research, Aboriginal health and rural community engagement.
FRAME’s Chair, Professor Judi Walker, said that FRAME will value its membership in the NRHA, seeing it as an important developmental step for the organisation as it moves into its consolidation phase. The institutions in FRAME are confident that Alliance membership will enhance the capacity of FRAME to improve the health and wellbeing of rural communities.
Chair of the Alliance, Lesley Barclay, said from Lismore that the Alliance will be delighted to have Indigenous Allied Health Australia and the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators involved more closely and continuously in its work.
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