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We had a great response to this week's webinar on telehealth for allied health student clinical placements, presented by Robyn Gill from SA Health.  We had around 200 people register for this event, pointing to the surge in interest in the use of telehealth for clinical teaching purposes as well as service delivery.  With the prospect of ongoing clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks predicted by the experts, it will be necessary for health service providers to maintain the ability to pivot between face-to-face and telehealth consultations for the foreseeable future.  In this light, it is great to see that educators have the capacity to continue to support undergraduate allied health professionals to achieve the requirements necessary for graduation by using telehealth capabilities, and in so doing, enable continuity for the rural health workforce pipeline.  SARRAH members will be able to access the presentation in the members' section of our web page.

It's also great to see the high level of interest in the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway, a strategy targeting early career AHPs to build the skills necessary for successful careers in rural practice. We have training packages available for non-government service providers to support the establishment of Allied Health Rural Generalist trainee positions.  They are filling up fast (see our infographic below), so if you are a private or NFP service provider delivering services in MMM zones 3-7, and who employs graduate and early career AHPs, get in touch with us at - we'd love to see some providers from Western Australia, Victoria or South Australian come on board. Further information about the pathway is available on our website

This week we held one final meeting with outgoing Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Paul Worley. Professor Worley finishes in his role as Commissioner at the end of this month.  We thank him, especially, for his report on Improvement of Access, Quality and Distribution of Allied Health Services in Regional, Rural and Remote Australia. This work has illuminated the chronic shortfall in allied health services and presented a coherent plan to address the issue.  The Report, for Regional Health Minister, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, was released last Friday. The Commissioner has identified priorities and a practical agenda to address these shortages fundamentally.   We wish Professor Worley well in his future endeavours - he has a bright future ahead of him!

Stay well, everyone.

Allied Health Student Supervision for Telehealth Placement Webinar
Earlier this week SARRAH hosted a webinar titled 'Allied Health Student Supervision for Telehealth Placement' with Robyn Gill, Senior Clinical Educator and Physiotherapist. This webinar was well attended with positive feedback! Many of the aspects of student supervision for a telehealth based placement, are no different to supervision of a traditional, pre-COVID, face to face placement. This webinar explored considerations for best practice in supervising Allied Health students using telehealth as a mode of service delivery during placements (both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond). A recording of the webinar for those that missed out is available for SARRAH members.  Contact us or visit our website for further information.

Attention Allied Health Professionals! This is your chance to have your say about your CPD experiences.
Do we do CPD because we have to, because we want to, because we learn new things to use at work?
This short survey is part of PhD research about Allied Health clinician CPD experiences and why we do CPD
To participate in the CPD survey - click here
SARRAH Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway
COVID-19 has fundamentally changed how we do business and highlighted how allied health can adapt to thrive. An Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway grant can support you in recruiting or retaining an early career professional to future-proof your business by capability in emerging areas like telehealth. The overarching goal of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway strategy (AHRGP strategy) is to improve health outcomes for rural and remote consumers through increasing access to a highly skilled allied health workforce and enhancing opportunities for multi-disciplinary care in rural healthcare teams. Applying is simple and will help you put the right foot forward in this new era. Visit to learn more and apply.
Current Job Vacancies
Occupational Therapist - Darwin, Palmerston NT
An exciting opportunity currently exists for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join Acute Occupational Therapy Services as part of the Multidisciplinary Acute Team at Royal Darwin and Palmerston Regional Hospital. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Psychologist - Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands NT
An experienced health professional needed to provide a psychology service to remote Aboriginal communities on the Tiwi Islands and Belyuen. The psychologist will have the dual role of providing counselling services to residents and increasing the knowledge and skills of the primary health care staff to deliver trauma informed care. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Specialist Mental Health Worker - Senior - Katherine NT
NT Health require an experienced mental health worker to provide community mental health assessment, treatment, counselling and case management services for people experiencing acute and chronic dysfunction associated with mental illness or mental disorder in a community and remote setting. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Occupational Therapist - Senior - Gayndah QLD
Rural Allied & Community Health, Gayndah Community Health An exciting opportunity is currently available for an experienced Occupational Therapist - Senior to join Gayndah Community Health, within the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Occupational Therapist - Allied Health Rural Generalist Position - Albury NSW
My Word Speech Therapy is expanding their service to include Occupational Therapy services and have an exciting new position that includes training in rural allied health. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Team Leader - PATCHES Therapy Services - Northern Territory
PATCHES Therapy Services is seeking a motivated Team Leader to join and drive their Darwin-based team. PATCHES consists of a transdisciplinary team extensively supported by diagnostic services and clinical administrative staff. Services are delivered to NDIS, private and justice system participants. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Senior Clinical Podiatrist - Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network - SA
The Senior Clinical Podiatrist is an experienced clinician who applies significant clinical and leadership expertise to the development, delivery and continuous improvement of quality Podiatry services appropriate to the rural and remote context. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Physiotherapist – Katherine Physio - Katherine
Rural Workforce Agency Northern Territory (RWA NT) are partnering with Katherine Physio to find a Physiotherapist to join their passionate Katherine based team. Katherine Physio is a community based practice who work hard to educate their patients on their condition and empower them with the tools to assist self-management. For more information visit our website.

Occupational Therapist - Top End Health Service - Darwin/Palmerston
Provision and co-ordination of clinical Occupational Therapy (OT) Services at the Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) and Palmerston Regional Hospital as well as specific leadership, supervision/mentorship and education to directly reporting staff, as well as other professionals within their own team and/or across disciplines throughout the Top End Health Service (TEHS). Advanced clinical experience in any of the following areas, Paediatrics, Hand Therapy, or Surgical. For more information visit our website.

SARRAH Telehealth Community of Practice

As remote working becomes the new norm, telehealth is more popular than ever. SARRAH is ready to support allied health professionals navigate telehealth. To find further info or join our SARRAH Telehealth Community of Practice email or visit our dedicated telehealth resource page here.

Webinar recording of "Experiences and Outcomes of Rural Generalist Trainees in QLD, NSW and TAS" now available!

On Thursday 19 March a group of Allied Health Rural Generalist trainees presented summaries of their service development projects. You can catch the recording here

Upcoming Events and conferences 

OT Exchange 2020
22-23 June 2020
Online Conference
HIC 2020
19-21 October 2020
Brisbane, QLD
21st International Mental Health Conference
12-14 November 2020
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, QLD
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference
25 - 27 November 2020
Mantra Legends, Gold Coast
Associations Forum National Conference
30 November - 1 December 2020
Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane
The 2020 Workplace Mental Health Symposium
Hilton, Brisbane, QLD1
7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium:
Shaping the future

Alice Springs Convention Centre, NT
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