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Friday 27 July 2018 | ISSUE 6

Our Member Action Plan

SARRAH is committed to hearing what our members have to say as we work towards improving the health and wellbeing of people living in rural and remote Australia.

We aim to implement many forms of member engagement through the year and SARRAH has now implemented a Member Action Plan (MAP) which aims to more effectively prioritise actions and ideas of members presented during the biennial SARRAH Conferences.

The MAP enables SARRAH to address member ideas and recommendations, report back to members, and demonstrate progress against priorities in a way that is open, transparent and accountable.

Please share with us your suggestions or concerns to help us understand what drives our members and how we can best work with you.

Your ideas and recommendations will be incorporated into the MAP, which will be released online before the SARRAH Conference in September.
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Session in Focus:

NDIS Panel Session

The NDIS panel session will bring together 4 different perspectives on applications of the NDIS program in rural and remote Australia. We will hear from the NDIA about work the Agency is undertaking to ensure people in rural and remote Australia get fair access to quality services.

We will get a view from a remote Aboriginal Community in the Northern Territory about the benefits and challenges presented by the NDIS for people with disabilities in a remote setting. Findings and recommendations from a project looking at culturally responsive disability service provision in a rural and remote Australia will be offered up.

Finally, the panel will also gain insights to community and participant views of the NDIIS and disability services from Western NSW. The panel session will provide a forum for delegates to explore these different domains, and to then compare and contrast the different challenges and opportunities for allied health and disability services in rural Australia under the new arrangements.

Session details:
Thursday 13 September | DCC, Level 2, Waterfront Rooms | 3.00pm to 4.00pm

  • Rob Curry – President, SARRAH
  • Edward Johnson – Speech Therapist, Marathon Health
  • Jeff Cook – CEO Lanyhapuy, Homelands Health Services
  • Donna-Maree Towney – Project Officer, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
Check out the full program here

Scholarship opportunities
Scholarships for allied health students/professionals may still be available click here to find out more details.

Thank you to our sponsors
The hosting of the 2018  SARRAH National Conference has been made possible by the generous support of our sponsors and contributing organisations. 
Conference website

AGM Invitation

Our members are invited to attend the SARRAH Annual General Meeting in September. The business to be transacted at the AGM is as per the Constitution and a formal notice of the AGM will be issued to members shortly. Please note for members who are unable to attend the meeting in Darwin, teleconferencing facilities will be made available. 
Please RSVP by 5.00pm, Friday 31 August 2018.
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Recognising Member Excellence

The SARRAH Squawk Award
The SARRAH Squawk Award recognises an individual SARRAH member for making an outstanding contribution to Australia’s rural and remote professional allied health network. Nominations are still open and will close Friday 17 August 2018 so nominate someone exceptional now!

The SQUAWK Award for 2018 will be presented at the 2018 SARRAH National Conference in Darwin, Northern Territory on Friday, 14 September, 2018.
Read more and nominate here!

The SARRAH  Honorary Life Member Award
The SARRAH Honorary Life Member Award is a rare and prestigious honour bestowed on an individual or organisation for their outstanding and exceptional contribution to SARRAH through their leadership, guidance and personal time and cost to further the development, growth and sustainability of SARRAH.

Recipients of the award are members who are leaders in advocating for rural and remote allied health reform who have surpassed expectations and gone above and beyond to support SARRAH membership; providing continuous and exemplary years of service to persistently advance the work SARRAH does in line with achieving its mission and objectives.

Read more.

Sign up or renew your SARRAH individual and student membership now for many benefits
Nominate now!

Obesity Inquiry Submission

SARRAH has provided a submission to the  Senate Select Committee inquiring into obesity in Australia. SARRAH noted the link between obesity and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and the poor health outcomes for people with these chronic diseases in  rural and remote communities. SARRAH focussed on the role of allied health professionals in managing the chronic diseases resulting from obesity in rural and remote communities and the need to address better access to allied health professionals outside the major cities.

Thank you to our members for their input with the submission.
Read the submission

Get Snap Happy!

Share your photos with the SARRAH community - we want to see what our members get up to! 

Share your photos with us now!

The photos will be used across a number of platforms including but not limited to social media, our newsletter, our website and printed publications. We will of course credit all of your photos wherever possible!

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National Pain Week - a reason to celebrate
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Groups invited to apply for funding for ideas to improve mental health
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Rural Australia and mental health: why do country people find it hard to ask for help?
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Events and Conferences

Your events are important to us and we would love to share them here.  Click here to send us your events and conferences.

List your employment opportunities here and get it advertised on our network by clicking on the link below.
Take a look at this week's  job opportunities: 
SARRAH exists so that rural and remote Australian communities have allied health services that support equitable and sustainable health and well-being. SARRAH is also nationally recognised as the peak body representing rural and remote allied health professionals (AHPs) working in the public and private sector. SARRAH develops and provides services for AHPs to confidently and competently carry out their professional duties in providing a range of clinical and health education services to people who reside in these settings.
Partner with SARRAH to make the changes people living in rural and remove Australia need. If you donate today, you can be part of SARRAH's work and strengthening rural communities by ensuring quality health services are available to all Australians, wherever they live.
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