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Friday 20 July 2018 | ISSUE 5


Last week to register for 2018 SARRAH conference! Early bird rates close 25 July 2018.

The 2018 SARRAH Conference is value packed with two and half days of keynote presentations, workshops, discussions and social networking functions. 

Conference speakers include: 
  • Senator the Honourable Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Rural Health 
  • Julie Hulcombe, Chief Allied Health Officer, Queensland Health
  • Annmaree Wilson, Senior Clinical Psychology, CranaPlus
  • Dr Fergus Gardiner, Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)
  • Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, Australian National Rural Health Commissioner
  • Professor John Wakerman, Associate Dean, Flinders University Northern Territory
  • Donna Murray, CEO, IAHA
  • Rebecca Amery, School of Health, Charles Darwin University
  • Julie Winungmurra, Yolgnu researcher
  • Jaki Adams-Barton, Regional Associate Director – Australasia, The Fred Hollows Foundation 
  • NDIS Panel Session Discussion moderated by Rob Curry, President, SARRAH
    • Edward Johnson, Speech Therapist, Marathon Health
    • Jeff Cook, CEO Lanyhapuy, Homelands Health Service
    • Donna-Maree Towney, Project Officer, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
    • Stephanie Gunn, General Manager, Partners in the Community
 Social networking functions include:
  •  A Welcome reception with address from Glenn Keys AO, Founder and Executive Chairman, Aspen Medical
  • Royal Flying Doctors Service Tourist Facility Site Visit & Stokes Hill Wharf Networking Evening
  • “A touch of the tropics” SARRAH Conference gala dinner and award presentation
  • Exclusive opportunity to visit the life sized replica of the fuselage of a flying doctor plane on display by RFDS
Check out the full program here

Members and students get special rates, so sign up as a member and register before/by 25th July to get additional early bird rates!

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

Nominate someone exceptional for a 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 through:
  • Exemplary professional standards of excellence to the community and public that goes above and beyond the regular standards of service
  • Leadership, guidance, mentoring and governance; in a team or for a group
  • Implementation of a process or system to achieve more efficacy, higher efficiency,  improved productivity or better service delivery
  • Innovation in research, a program, project or policy development
SQUAWK Award nominations for 2018 are now open and must be received before/by Friday, 17 August 2018.

Become a SARRAH member and get involved!
Nominate someone for the SARRAH Squawk Award
The SQUAWK Awards for 2018 will be presented at the 2018 SARRAH National Conference in Darwin, Northern Territory on Friday, 14 September, 2018.
Sign up or renew your SARRAH individual and student membership now for many benefits
Nominate now!

Outreach in the Outback: adapting the focus of healthcare to meet the needs of Indigenous Australians

Fiona Brooke, SARRAH’s Director of Policy and Evidence spoke at the Indigenous and Remote Health Conference this week in Brisbane and participated in a panel discussion on exploring the potential of mixing public, private and community funding in Indigenous healthcare.
Her topic explored strategies needed to adapt the focus of healthcare services to meet the needs of Indigenous Australians.

It was in this forum that Fiona started the conversation on how we can do specialist outreach better for the benefit of all and in particular, what better outreach will look like, how better outreach is planned for, delivered and funded - all of which needs to be driven by practitioners.

Its understood that providing outreach services to a remote community will have its challenges and so Fiona explored the following:
  • how can we ensure positive experiences for these health professionals?
  • how do we ensure their skills mix is appropriate to the issues they will meet?
  • how do we vest greater ownership of outreach with communities?
  • is there a toolkit for outreach service provision - should there be one?
  • who is the outreach for?
Fiona also explains whether a Toolkit is useful for specialist outreach and how SARRAH will be working with Indigenous Allied Health Australia to refresh the toolkit to include cultural awareness and the delivery of culturally safe services.

"The atmosphere in the room over the two days was amazing - everyone here is so passionate about what they do, and about what we can do... it was overwhelming and inspiring"
- Fiona Brooke, Director of Policy and Evidence, SARRAH.
Read Fiona's full speech

Join the SARRAH Community

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

Individual and corporate member support enables SARRAH to deliver landmark projects such as establishing an evidence base for the economic impact of allied health interventions. 

As a SARRAH member you can enjoy a range of member benefits such as (but not limited to):

  • SARRAH lobbying federal and state politicians on behalf of your interests
  • participation in SARRAH workshops on policy and program initiatives
  • opportunity to join the Board of Directors or the advisory committee
  • opportunity to be nominated for the SQUAWK Award
  • opportunity to receieve discounts, incentives and unique benefits
  • opportunity to contribute content to SARRAH's communication activities and publications
  • plus much much more benefits!
Join the SARRAH community!

Funding Grants for Women's Leadership Development

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s health care sector.

The initiative is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to September 7, 2018.

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!

In other news...

Rural Australia - Don't Opt Out
The National Rural Health Alliance is urging all country people to embrace My Health Record - an online summary of their health information.

"Simply put, My Health Record can save lives" - Mark Diamond, CEO National Rural Health Alliance. Read more.

Approach to Monitoring and Reporting Framework for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
The National Mental Health Commission continues to undertake national independent monitoring and reporting on mental health and suicide prevention. By highlighting the system activities that affect mental health and suicide prevention in Australia, the NMHC hopes to inform policy and practice to make a positive change in the mental health and well being of all Australians. Read more.

Support for the first time under the NDIS
New figures released show that more than one quarter of the 160,000 Australians now benefiting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are receiving support for the first time. Read more.
Capacity building and social marketing promotes health lifestyle behaviour in an Australian Aboriginal community
The effectiveness of a project targeting an Australian Aboriginal community was explored through a collaborative approach. Read more.

A joint national suicide prevention campaign aimed at giving people the confidence to respond to friends and family when they need help and can guide them to the right support services. Read more.

Events and Conferences

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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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