Message from the SARRAH Team
With our CEO Cath enjoying some deserved relaxation in Western NSW, today’s message comes from the rest of the SARRAH Team.
Collaboration has been a big theme for us this week. Our President, Ed Johnson, took part in the NDIS Jobs and Skills Forum, hosted by Minister for the NDIS, Bill Shorten. A diverse group of stakeholders working together to improve a national system we are all glad exists but know could be better. Everyone benefits if the NDIS lives up to its potential. We were involved in a range of other cross-sector groups, all trying to find better ways to grow the allied health workforce so that people can access the services they need. Diverse stakeholders (or partners, friends, however we describe them) with a common purpose of supporting services to help people experience and achieve better outcomes. Strengthening the siloes is rarely, if ever, described as part of the fix.
Our colleagues working in the VET sector brought people together to advance efforts and garner shared commitment to grow the AHA workforce: these were a showcase of shared commitment as much as anything else. Some of us met with colleagues working in state and territory agencies – again, open to and looking to collaborate. Other meetings involving PHNs and rural workforce agencies took a similar shape and direction.
Our Constitution includes an object that states SARRAH “exists so that Rural and Remote Australian communities have Allied Health services that support equitable and sustainable health and well-being.” We can only achieve that if our education and training systems support it, if providers across health, disability and aged care systems support it, if policy and funding systems support it, and if our members and friends want to be part of it. We have to collaborate. It’s rare that someone can control everything and far rarer one view can lead to genuine or sustainable improvement.
Diversity is strength. Different opinions may be challenging but are vital change and progress. Be part of the discussion.
As Cath advises, take care and go well
Al on behalf of the SARRAH Team
Shem grew up in regional Central and North Queensland, where he trained as a podiatrist and began his career as a high risk podiatrist with Queensland Health. Allan and Shem discuss the immense reward of being an allied health practitioner in rural and remote Australia, its challenges and its opportunities.
Jobs and Skills summit – pre-Summit Forums:
Ministers are holding a series of pre Jobs and Skills Summit Forum meetings to gather views and suggestions for action to inform the process.
- SARRAH has been invited to participate in a Health Workforce Roundtable (Roundtable) discussion, with Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Mark Butler MP, on 23 August 2022. We welcome the opportunity to contribute.
- SARRAH President, Ed Johnson, attended the NDIS Jobs and Skills Forum, hosted by Minister for the NDIS, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, on 17 August. Ed indicated it was a constructive meeting and there are prospects of a valuable ongoing dialogue.
- Minister Shorten’s speech to the Forum can be found here.
- Also on 17 August, Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Anika Wells MP hosted an Aged Care Workforce Pre-Jobs Summit Roundtable. SARRAH did not receive an invitation. The Media Release from the event lists the participants, which included an allied health representative from the Australian Physiotherapy Association, representing AHPA.
Minister Butler opened the National Dietitians Australia 2022 Conference.
It was reported that Minister Butler acknowledged the role of Accredited Practicing Dietitians to solve the crisis in aged care.
“The Australian community was deeply shocked by the findings of the Royal Commission into aged care, that highlighted just how many of our most vulnerable Australians in aged care facilities were going without good nutrition - literally starving in their facilities,” Minister Butler said. “There has been some work undertaken by the former government and I applaud that, but there is more to do. “We're not going to be able to do that work without your (Dietitians Australia) support, your experience, your expertise, and your passion for this area,” The Minister affirmed. True.
Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)
The ANAO released a report on Australia’s Covid 19 Vaccine Rollout
The ANAO media release said - The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the planning and implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Health’s planning and implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine
- rollout has been partly effective. The role of the ANAO is generally to focus of the effectiveness of administration and not of policy per se. Things can always be improved but there’s also no doubt that a lot of people did a lot to protect the public. From SARRAHs perspective – having been involved regularly in the stakeholder meetings and discussions – an area that needs to be addressed going forward is to recognise and include allied health practitioners as an inherent part of the health workforce and not an afterthought or tangent to it. That falls outside of the ANAOs remit, but it is telling perhaps that in their 112 page report there is one mention of allied health –on page 110 where it is noted in a table of actions that “Regular GP, Primary Health Network and allied health webinars and newsletters” were provided or occurred.
States and territories – attracting and keeping health staff
The states and territories are variously introducing ways to keep their stretched health services running and the health workforce that keep them running on deck – with more happening this week.
- In Tasmania, it has been proposed
that the Department of Health replace and encompass the existing COVID allowance with a one-off $2,000 payment under a new Frontline Health COVID-19 Allowance to relevant Health Service and Ambulance Tasmania staff, with the payment including any back pay owing under the COVID-19 Escalation Agreement. Where the accrued COVID-19 Escalation Allowance is higher than the $2,000 payment, then the Government will pay the higher amount. This new offer includes Tasmanian Health Service (THS) Nurses, Midwives, Doctors, Allied Health professionals, Orderlies, Ward Clerks, Food Services, Cleaners and Ambulance Tasmania Paramedics working in Hospitals, inpatient and ancillary health care areas during the pandemic, but not staff in areas such as HR, Infrastructure or Finance.
- In Victoria, the Government advised the media that
“almost 700 overseas healthcare workers have arrived in Victoria in the past year from Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United States – taking up employment across Victoria’s public health services, with one in five working in regional areas.”
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
AIHW released this report Report on Indigenous health check and follow-ups on 19 August. The report includes useful information about the follow up care associated with health check-ups, such as:
- Indigenous Australians who had an Indigenous‑specific health check in 2019–20 were more likely to receive follow‑up care from a practice nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner than from an allied health service provider:
- 43% (or 103,000 people) had at least one follow‑up service from a practice nurse of Indigenous health practitioner.
- 11% (or 26,000 people) had at least one allied health follow‑up service.
If we look at the figures and the graphs and take them at face value we might think, simply, that the relatively low level of allied health referral and follow up reflects need or demand.
That may be true, possibly, but that interpretation doesn’t sit well when we know:
Data is one thing – looking into what it means and developing policy to address it is another. The AIHW report is a good start.
- The ACCHO sector has comparatively very low allied health employment rates (something around 3 per cent or lower) – which in part reflects funding arrangements across the sector.
- The burden of chronic disease, where best practice would indicate the need for allied health interventions (and preventive care) should be comparatively high.
- MBS provisions apply tight limits on subsidies for allied health services – notwithstanding a greater number of allowable instances of care for Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander people under the MBS Chronic Disease Manaement items.
- The absolute shortage of allied health workforce in much of rural and remote Australia, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people tend to be a larger proportion of the overall population than in cities.
Climate and Health
James Cook University researchers have produced a paper Systematic review of the impact of heatwaves on health service demand in Australia
An early quote sets the scene - The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises that the number of climate-related disasters has tripled in the last 60years, resulting in over 60,000 deaths per annum . Of particular concern are heatwaves, as global temperatures continue to rise at record breaking rates . Important and challenging reading.
Welcome development in the NT re: AHA training.
There is growing awareness of the value and importance of Allied Health Assistants, and SARRAH supports this growth. However, despite the emergence of AHAs as a workofrce in demand with enormous potential growth, some jurisdictions and stakeholders in VET training take a backward-looking view in preparing the workforce we need now and in the future. Consequently AHAs can be overlooked in terms of prioritising and subsidising workforce development and training. We welcome, therefore, the announcement last Friday that
Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Northern Territory Government. From Term 3, 2022 all fees will be waived for students enrolling in a number of VET courses in early childhood education, certificate courses in individual support, community services, fitness, mental health, allied health, health services assistant and Alcohol and Other Drugs. CDU College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Dominic Upton said the new initiative would better support workforce shortages in aged care, mental health, early childhood education and other health disciplines.
Jobs and Skills Summit
Jobs and Skills Summit – on Wednesday, the Federal Government has today released an issues paper (14 pages) ahead of the Jobs and Skills Summit, which is being held in Canberra on 1-2 September.
- The Summit is a defining focus for the new Federal Government. It is critical that the allied health workforce features in discussions.
“The issues paper outlines some of the challenges we want participants to be ready to make a contribution on at next month’s Summit.
It covers five broad themes: maintaining full employment and growing productivity; boosting job security and wages; lifting participation and reducing barriers to employment; delivering a high-quality labour force through skills, training and migration maximising opportunities in the industries of the future. There is an overarching focus on women’s experiences of the labour market and the challenge of ensuring women have equal opportunities and equal pay.”
- Ministers have also been holding roundtable discussions in the lead up to the Summit.
- There’s more on those Forums and SARRAH’s interests below.
- After the Summit, the Treasury will run an Employment White Paper process, to help map out the future of our skills and labour market. SARRAH will contribute to it.
The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority
Towards an Aged Care Pricing Framework Consultation Paper The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority has invited feedback on the proposed approach to aged care pricing. The
renamed Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) – formerly IHPA has taken on the additional role of providing costing and pricing advice on aged care to the Commonwealth Government.
- This is a potentially crucial development in substantiating not only what allied health services should reasonably be provided through aged care services but add focus to the gaps and variations in practice.
- Evidently – with access to allied health care for aged care residents plummeting – extra scrutiny, performance analysis, planning and reporting is needed.
- Submissions to the Consultation Paper close at 5pm AEDT on Friday 14 October 2022. You can complete the online submission form or email your response in Word, PDF or RTE format to email@example.com.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics
The ABS is reviewing the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), with the 2022 targeted update is due for release on 22 November 2022.
SARRAH provided an on-line submission to the process in July. ABS will soon provide an opportunity for users to provide feedback on proposed changes, which include Emerging Occupations, which include some health related roles. ABS will be inviting submissions through the ABS Consultation Hub https://consult.abs.gov.au across four weeks commencing 1 September 2022 and closing 28 September 2022.
National Medicines Policy (NMP)– process re-started after put on hold in March 2022.
- The consultation survey on the new draft NMP is open until 27 September 2022 and will be accompanied by a public forum and targeted consultations with key stakeholder groups. A final report is expected to go to Minister Butler before the end of the year.
- SARRAH provided a submission to the process in March 2022 and will consider providing a supplementary submission.
- Any input or comment from SARRAH members is most welcome.
- The Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment is holding an Inquiry into Jobs and Skills Australia Bill 2022 [Provisions] and the Jobs and Skills Australia (National Skills Commissioner Repeal) Bill 2022 [Provisions] – submissions close today 19 August.
- The RACGP consultation on the draft Standards for general practice residential aged care close today, 19 August 2022.
- The Department of Health and Aged Care is consulting on the Fifth Review of the Dental Benefits Act 2008 Panel on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). Submissions close on Thursday, 25 August 2022.
- Autism - consultation: The Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has developed Draft National Guidelines for supporting autistic children and their families. Consultation closes on Monday 29 August 2022. The draft Guidelines and link to provide feedback are available here.
- The Consumer Health Forum is refreshing their strategic plan and are seeking members’ feedback. SARRAH is a CHF member and will contribute to the process. Other CHF Members have the opportunity to input.
- If you would like to provide input to SARRAH’s response, please email Allan@sarrah.org.au.
- This video summarises the process used to develop the plan, and the link to the brief survey can be found here: The survey closes at midnight 7th September.
- The Department of Health and Ageing is seeking feedback on the planned introduction of on-site pharmacists in residential aged care homes. The measure is a response to the Aged Care Royal Commission and aims to ensure medications are regularly reviewed, appropriate and appropriate continuity of medication management. The Aged care on-site pharmacists consultation paper outlines the proposed measure and how it will be implemented. More information is available here and submissions close on 9 September.
- The Department of Health and Ageing has contracted Ernst & Young (EY) to undertake a study of private health insurance (PHI) default benefit arrangements (the PHI default benefits). PHI default benefits include ‘minimum’ and ‘second-tier default’ benefits, both of which are defined in the Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Rules 2011. They are paid by health insurers to eligible hospitals for the treatment of privately-insured inpatients in specific circumstances where there is not an agreed contract in place between the health insurer and the hospital. An aim of PHI default benefits is that they support improvements in accessibility and efficiency of privately insured hospital services for healthcare consumers .More information is available here. Please submit your response via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by cob, Friday 23 September 2022.
- The Department of Health and Ageing is developing an aged care data strategy in response to recommendations 67 and 108 of the Aged Care royal Commission. They are inviting input. More information is available here - we create a better aged care data system and Consultation information guide. Input can be provided to email@example.com. before 30 September 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Mike.
SARRAH Submissions 2022
- Our Healthcare Future: Advancing Tasmanian’s Health. SARRAH Submission
- Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2023-24
- National Tobacco Strategy 2022-2030:Consultation Draft:SARRAH response
- SARRAH Opening Statement: Senate CAC Hearing 17 March 2022
- Australian Cancer Plan 2023 - 2033 : Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) response
- SARRAH response: Draft National Medicines Policy
- Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) - 2022-23 Pre-Budget Submission
- SA Health Outpatient Workstream – The Clinical Prioritisation Criteria – Consultation– SARRAH Feedback
SARRAH Media Releases 2022
SARRAH Media release – Following National Disability Services (NDS) advice of a survey of members highlighting the critical need for allied health workers, SARRAH issued a media release pointing to the severe shortages in allied health impacting all sectors in rural and remote Australia and suggesting that continuing to ignore the issue would not improve things.
- Imagine this: health policy that also helps the economy
- Allied health is leading jobs growth and demand, but where's the focus and where's the plan?
- 2022-2023 Federal Budget- Summary for members
- Minimum standards for allied health interventions in Aged Care are needed to avert further neglect of older Australians
- How about a Real Plan for Access to Health Care for All Australians?
This year the theme is " People, Purpose, Passion". We would love to see photos of you at work across the many nations that make up this continent, sharing important stories about what you do and the communities you serve.
This is an opportunity to showcase your photographs through SARRAH’s communication channels and have your photographic work acknowledged.
Entry Terms and condition:
- By entering this competition, you are granting permission for SARRAH to use your work in our social media and other communication channels. We use photographic material to promote the work of SARRAH in social media, publications such as our Annual Reports and project evaluations, and in submissions to government consultations processes. If your photographs are used in this way, you will be acknowledged as the photographer.
- Please also ensure that you have obtained consent from the people depicted in your photograph. If we do not have completed consent forms, your entry will be void. Please click on the link below to download the photograph permission form. Photograph permission form.
- Entrants can submit an unlimited number of photographs in landscape or portrait format. Each photo must be accompanied by a caption identifying the date and location.
- All photographs must be in high quality digital images in PNG or JPEG Format.
- The names of the competition winners will be published in SARRAH communication channels.
Assessment and Prizes
SARRAH will appoint independent assessors to determine the winners.
- Winners will receive the following prizes:
- 1st Prize: $350 cash prize and free annual membership with SARRAH
- 2nd Prize: $200 cash prize and free SARRAH annual membership
- 3rd Prize: $100 cash prize and free SARRAH annual membership
You all are welcome to join SARRAH and share your photographs with the SARRAH community by Friday 9 September 2022 at firstname.lastname@example.org
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