iCAHE Allied Health Conference

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Allied Health is Good Health

The 2017 iCAHE Allied Health conference will be a celebration of new work by academics, clinicians, and policy makers in the area of service delivery and implementation for Allied Health. 

This conference will discuss the current state of play in allied health practice globally, present updates in allied health research and practice, and discuss challenges and strategies to address the challenges in allied health practice. 

This event will include pre-conference workshops, two days of conference presentations by internationally recognized keynote speakers and plenaries, a summit between international leaders in allied health, and a cocktail networking event. Abstracts would be welcomes from all areas of allied health related to service delivery and implementation. 

The conference will be held at the University of South Australia, City East Campus. 

Latest News: 

01-11-17: Last days to register and Ms Julie Marker Speaking on Consumer Advocacy!

It’s only a few days until the iCAHE Allied Health conference goes ahead and the iCAHE team are hard at work making this event a reality! This is a reminder that registrations will close on NOVEMBER 3RD, this Friday! You must register before midnight on Friday to be eligible to attend.


All presentations for the 2017 iCAHE Conference will be held in the Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre, or PM-06, on the City East campus of the University of South Australia. 

To access the Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre, please enter the Playford Building through Level 3 near Campus Central, and take the stairs or lift down to Level M. Signs will be placed in this area to help guide attendees. iCAHE staff will be available to assist anyone who may be unable to locate the lecture hall. Registrations open 8am on both days.

A map is available in the left hand column

In other news, we are delighted to announce that Ms Julie Marker, of Cancer SA, has agreed to present as an additional plenary speaker, providing a much needed consumer advocacy voice. Julie Marker is a cancer survivor and active Executive Team leader of Cancer Voices, a consumer-led 100% volunteer advocacy group in South Australia (SA) and at the national level.  Since 2007 she’s had numerous informal ‘research buddy’ roles as well as formal ongoing consumer representative positions, including the national Psycho-Oncology Research Group PoCoG, Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group PC4, Australasian GastroIntestinal Trials Group AGITG,  Cancer Data Monitoring Advisory Group for the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare AIHW, and South Australian Cancer Services advisory committee. Julie works hard to support, encourage and create opportunities for others to share their insights, ‘lived experience’ and to partner with researchers and services.  Cancer Voices SA motto is ‘Good systems, not just good luck!’ with a focus on wellness, not just illness.  ‘Survivors as teachers’ and weekly cycling and walking groups are novel ‘advocacy in action’ initiatives of Cancer Voices SA. Julie will be presenting on a consumer & advocates perspective of working to achieve teaching, research, service and policy improvements.

See Julie’s full abstract and biography here!

One week to go!

12-10-17: IMPORTANT UPDATE: Conference Restructure and Pricing Changes

Over the last month, there have been some exciting initiatives regarding Allied Health service delivery matters, particularly around the formation of the International Council of Allied Health Leaders (ICAHL).  This was announced at the Allied Health conference in Sydney in August. 

At the moment the Council involves only those members of the (former) International Chief Health Professions Officers.  The time is ripe to add weight to its discussions and truly bring international voices to the table. 

The iCAHE director, Dr Steve Milanese, has identified an important opportunity for the iCAHE conference to add weight to ICAHL, given the number of influential international people involved in health service policy and research who are attending the iCAHE conference. 

The iCAHE conference organizing team met this week in reference to this, and have decided to reorganize the conference proceedings so that we can make best benefit of the visiting speakers and delegates. You can find a copy of this timetable can be found under ‘Conference Timetable’ in the left hand column.

In summary:

  • Day 1, November 7th, will involve the presentation of all accepted abstracts.
  • Day 2, November 8th, will involve all plenary speaker presentations in the morning, followed by a summit that will attempt to chart a way forward in terms of international allied health service delivery research, policy and economic initiatives that can be undertaken, specifically to address the objectives of ICAHL. 
  • All attendees are welcome to attend day 1 and day 2, up until the summit, which will be open via invitation only. If you would like to attend this summit, please contact us and we will discuss the option with you (at no additional expense).
  • The cocktail evening on November 7th will go ahead, and will be attended by all invited speakers.

Changes to the available workshops have also been introduced.

  • Due to a lack of interest from registrants, the JBI GRADE training will not be proceeding.
  • The writer’s workshop will be run as a single, full day workshop by Professor Karen Grimmer and Professor Quinette Louw.
  • The post-conference Clinical Guidelines Workshop has been postponed until 2018 due to a shift in discussion priorities.

In response to these changes to conference proceedings, we have also decided to shift our payments to consider the interests of attendees. A new payment set out has been devised.

  • Full Registration: $300
  • Single Day Registration: $200
  • Student Registration, full: $150
  • Student Registration, single day: $100

A full registration will now encompass an invitation to the pre-conference workshop on Monday, November 6th, both Day 1 and Day 2 of the conference, and the networking cocktail evening.

Registration for a single day will be available for Day 1 of the conference, with the option to attend the pre-conference workshop encompassed within this.

We appreciate your patience and understanding with this matter.

Those who have already registered for this event have been contacted independently for retrospective reimbursement.

We’re very excited about the possibilities that this conference, and summit, present to moving forward in the future of international allied health service delivery research, policy and economic initiatives. We look forward to working with you in November to gain concrete outcomes and partnerships in this area.

Should you have any questions about these changes, or would like to discuss your attendance, please contact Holly Bowen on holly.bowen@unisa.edu.au or 08 8302 2080.

Kind Regards,

iCAHE Conference Team

25-09-17: Student Package for South Australian students 

Are you an Allied Health student at one of the SA big three? Do you want a chance to mingle with the experts in your field, hear the latest in how to translate evidence into practice, and gain an international perspective? For a LIMITED TIME the iCAHE Allied Health Conference is offering a Student Package for South Australian students to attend. 

We want this conference to build and strengthen the local, national, and international partnerships within Allied Health – talk with researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and managers and make sure that you don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of the innovative research partnerships this conference can provide.

Head over to the plenary and keynote tabs in the left-hand column to explore what our invited speakers will be discussing. Find out what your peers will be presenting by taking a peek at our accepted abstracts. Look for the breakdown of workshops that are available, including opportunities to work closely with some of our keynote presenters. Don’t miss out on your chance to see these internationally renowned speakers discuss innovations in their field!

This student package includes: one day at the conference of your choice, and one workshop of your choice** for only $150.


Packages close November 1st!

**Does not include JBI Grade Training. Workshop bookings dependent upon availability. 

22-09-17: Speaker Abstracts:

Wondering what our exceptional invited speakers will be discussing?

See what to expect by scrolling through our Keynote and Plenary speakers! Speaker abstracts are underneath the biographies!

Wondering what accepted abstracts might include? 

Find out by exploring the 'Accepted Abstracts' tab!

10-08-17: Keynote Speaker Annouced: Ms Susan Huckson!

We are honoured to announce Ms Susan Huckson as a keynote speaker of our 2017 Allied Health conference! Sue has been a Board Trustee for Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) since 2012 and more recently held position of Vice Chair. She is very involved in many G-I-N activities including the Implementation Working Group, supporting the Low and Middle Income Working Group and leading the G-I-N ANZ Regional Group. Sue’s work on clinical practice guidelines will be the focus of her presentation in November.

For more about Sue’s work, please see out Keynote Speakers page!

09-08-17: Meet The Speakers!

We are pleased to announce the plenary speakers of our 2017 Allied Health conference! With an impressive roster of international guests, including Professor Narasimman Swaminathan, Dean of Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at INTI International University, Malaysia; Ms Ivis Chung, Chief Manager (Allied Health) of the Hospital Authority (HA) in Hong Kong; Ms Gill Hall, Manager Rehabilitation at Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), New Zealand and her colleague Mr Ken Stewart, clinical lead for Falls Prevention & Fracture Liaison services for the Canterbury health system. Local speakers Associate Professor John Moss, a health economist from the University of Adelaide, and Mr Paul Burke, a clinical guideline developer for Ambulance Victoria, are also highly anticipated speakers.

For more on all of our Plenary Speakers, please visit our Plenary Speaker page! 

12-07-17: Student Prize Announced!

As part of iCAHE's support of Honours, Masters, and PhD students, a new student prize has been announced. This prize is valued at $200, and will be awarded to the best student presenter for the 2017 iCAHE conference. As this prize has been announced after the closed call for abstracts, we have elected to EXTEND the call for abstracts for STUDENTS ONLY. 

This represents an opportunity for higher degree students to present their new work among their peers, and build networking connections with local, national, and international colleagues. Student submissions are expected to follow the same submission requirements and fit with the same topics as a standard submission which can be viewed on the left hand column of this page. 

This student abstract opportunity will close on August 14th. 

Submit a Student Abstract

02-06-17: Call for Abstracts EXTENDED

After much consideration we have decided to extend our call for abstracts until JUNE 16TH 2017. Be sure to get in before this date as no late abstracts will be accepted after this time!

Submit an Abstract

25-05-17: Early Bird Registration Now Open! 

We are pleased to announce that Early Bird Registrations for the 2017 iCAHE Allied Health Conference has now opened! This will only be available for a limited time, so get in quick to get a excellent discounted rate!

Register Here

23-05-17: Keynote Speaker Annouced - Professor Quinette Louw

We are pleased to announce Professor Quinette Louw as a keynote speaker for our 2017 Allied Health Conference. With a background in evidence-based healthcare, musculoskeletal health, and utilising the scientific and clinical evidence to promote health and improve human functionality within a trans-disciplinary context, Professor Louw will be a welcomed presenter at our conference

06-03-17: Abstracts are now OPEN!

We are now accepting abstracts for consideration to present at this conference. The central theme of the 2017 iCAHE Conference is “Allied Health is Good Health.” Submissions on this theme are particularly welcome. Broadly, this conference is to showcase all areas of allied health and how putting evidence into practice needs to be considered across all involved parties, from clinicians, to policymakers, managers, and consumers. Abstracts close on JUNE 2ND 2017. Late submissions will not be considered. Abstracts will be peer reviewed according to relevance to the conference themes, originality of the work, specific results described, and potential impact. Please prepare abstracts carefully and describe accomplishments specifically. Click here to see our tracks and topics. 

Submit an Abstract

If you are interested in receiving updates regarding this event, please email us at iCAHE@unisa.edu.au to be registered for our 2017 Conference Mailing list. 

For all other enquiries, including media, supplier, or sponsorship enquiries, please visit our contact page. 

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