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Friday 6 July 2018 | ISSUE 3

Awarding Industry Excellence

The SARRAH Squawk Award recognises an individual SARRAH member for making an outstanding contribution to Australia's rural and remote professional allied health network. This contribution is one that results in:
  • 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
Do you know someone who fits this in one of the four categories above and deserves to be recognised for their outstanding work and contribution?  Great! Here are the next steps to celebrate their excellence:

Become a SARRAH member and get involved!
Nominate someone for the SARRAH Squawk Award

Nominations close Friday 17 August and the winner will be announced at the Conference Dinner, 'A touch of the tropics' on Friday 14 September at SkyCity Lawns, Darwin. Celebrate with us and register for the conference
Nominate someone now!
2018 SARRAH National Conference

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships for allied health students/professionals are available from state workforce agencies to attend the conference. Click here and the relevant state for more details. 

Choosing the right session for you

Our comprehensive program details an abundance of sessions to choose from - many more than you may be able to physically attend! So when planning your schedule, take a look at the conference as a whole. Look at the sessions and events you are interested in, then make sure you're getting to attend a range of topics, skill-building sessions and social events, and still allowing for some down time. 

When choosing which session to attend, consider whether you'll learn something new or meet someone new. Make the most of this opportunity, view our program and start planning! 


Early bird registration closes on 25 July, so register now and join in the discussions, share your experiences and meet new people at the conference.
Book your conference ticket. 

Senate Inquiry on Obesity

SARRAH is developing a response to the Senate Inquiry on Obesity and has gone out to members seeking information or stories for inclusion in our submission to illustrate the issues faced in rural and remote communities. 
The Terms of Reference of the Inquiry
The Select Committee into the obesity epidemic in Australia, established on 16 May 2018 to inquire into and report on 14 August 2018, on the following matters:
  • The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children in Australia and changes in these rates over time;
  • The causes of the rise in overweight and obesity in Australia;
  • The short and long-term harm to health associated with obesity, particularly in children in Australia;
  • The short and long-term economic burden of obesity, particularly related to obesity in children in Australia;
  • The effectiveness of existing policies and programs introduced by Australian governments to improve diets and prevent childhood obesity;
  • Evidence-based measures and interventions to prevent and reverse childhood obesity, including experiences from overseas jurisdictions;
  • The role of the food industry in contributing to poor diets and childhood obesity in Australia; and
  • Any other related matters.
If you have a story you would like to see included, please email them direct to by 11 July.
Send us your story

Has your membership expired?

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

Our diverse membership includes allied health professionals, students, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, community organisations, educational institutions, and people with an interest in rural and remote allied health. 

As a member you can enjoy a range of member benefits. Stay connected and renew your membership with SARRAH today. 

Renew SARRAH Membership

A small act of kindness...

shared from Facebook: Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

Here is a story how a teenager selflessly stepped in help a stranger on the same flight from Boston to LA who was deaf and blind and was unable to communicate with flight attendants.
A feel good story to remind us a small act of kindness can go a long way. 

Read the full story

Share your feel good stories with
us and send them to

We want your photos!

As a grassroots organisation, we are interested in what our members get up to! We are looking to build our photo library using real photos taken by real people in rural and remote areas, particularly in allied health. 
If you fit this criteria and have some photos, we would love it if you could please share them with us. 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!

Share your photos with us now!

Postgraduate Studies in Remote and Indigenous Health

Applications are now open for Postgraduate Remote Health Practice Programs with The Centre for Remote Health, which offers:
  • Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice
  • Graduate Diploma in Remote Health Practice
  • Masters in Remote and Indigenous Health
Postgraduate courses aim to meet high education needs of health professionals who work in remote areas and will support the transition to remote practice for those who have an interest in joining the remote health workforce. Develop a specialty of remote, isolated and Indigenous health practice in Australia by applying today.

Specialty streams include:
  • Remote Area Nursing
  • Remote Allied Health Practice
  • Ageing and Disability in a remote context
  • Remote Health Management
Important dates:
  • Applications for Semester 2 intake closes Monday 16 July.
  • Semester 2 commences Monday 23 July.

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.
Copyright © 2018 Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH). All rights reserved.

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