Message from the CEO

The RAI's Regional Mover's Index is demonstrating a continuing trend to increased regional migration, as more Millennials and Gen-Xers are moving out of capital cities.  The number of people moving to regional areas rose by 16.6 per cent in the March quarter to reach a new five-year high, almost doubling pre-pandemic levels. 

The RAI has also previously reported that the Healthcare and Social Assistance sector is the largest and fastest growing industry in the regions, and demand in this sector has grown in the three months to May 2022 by some 10 per cent more than a year earlier.  

Has there ever been a greater need for a rural health workforce growth and retention strategy? The Chief Allied Health Officer has commenced work on a national allied health workforce plan (read more about the issues paper below), but will it come quick enough to contribute meaningfully to the outcomes of the Jobs and Skills Summit held this week? 

We all know that allied health workforce data is patchy at the best of times, particularly when it comes to the self-regulated professions.  But even the Ahpra-regulated professions are vulnerable to high-level perusal of the available data, risking some potentially misleading interpretations.

Take the Podiatry workforce, for example.  On the face of it, this workforce has expanded substantially over the past decade, from 3461 (2010-11) to 5783 (2020-21): up 67%.  One might think this is good news, but further interrogation reveals the overwhelming majority of podiatrists continue to practice in MMM1, and maldistribution of the workforce is worse now than it was a decade ago: In 2012 the proportion of Podiatrists located in MMM1 was 75.6% of the total workforce; in  2020 this proportion has risen to 82%.  Where the total number of registered Podiatrists has increased by 27.9% in the five years from 2015 to 2020, annual growth rates in MMM4 and MMM5 were 3.9% and 4.0% respectively.   


Superficial analysis that points to minor shifts in absolute numbers while ignoring the fundamental issues of maldistribution and access is worse than meaningless – it is potentially misleading and may reduce the prospects of meaningful action by policy and decision-makers.

There is an immediate need for a national health workforce strategy – including specifically for allied health, and tailored to support growth of the rural health workforce.  That strategy should recognise the health, economic and other benefits to individuals, communities and the nation, and it should be informed by models of care, workforce development and support and innovative funding models that are developed with and work for the communities they are needed in.

In this context, the National Jobs and Skills agenda and the policy White Paper process must prioritise developing well informed and specific strategies to address skills shortages in regional, rural and remote Australia.

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SARRAH CEO Cath Maloney is a physiotherapist with substantial lived experience of rural and remote health service design and delivery. SARRAH’s regular podcast, “Talking for purpose” features a range of views and perspectives, from the joys and challenges of delivering services in rural and remote communities, to the policy and political machinations that enable or hinder access to services. 

Hear inspiring stories from your peers, why health policy needs to better reflect allied health demand and delivery reality and how you can help make that happen.

If you’re looking for informative and entertaining chat while you cover those miles between country towns on your daily rounds, this is the podcast for you.  Why not be part of it and tell your story?

Do you have any themes/topics that you would like to hear us discuss? People you’d like us to interview.  Please drop us an email to our mailbox at


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Jobs and Skills Summit (1-2 September)
Of course this has been the dominant national story this week. Last week we reported on engagement in pre-Summit workshops. It’s been hard to avoid, or wade through, all of the positioning statements etc coming out of the process.  Much more will come out this afternoon, but highlights (most relevant t SARRAH interest) so far include:
The Prime Minister’s speech, opening the Summit, appears to have been well received in the main based on media reactions. The themes of collaboration, bringing interests together to work on the difficult issues etc were reinforced.  It included advice that

“And - in the same vein - I am very pleased to announce that yesterday at National Cabinet, we reached an agreement between the Commonwealth and every State and Territory Government to create an additional 180,000 fee-free TAFE places, for 2023. This is a $1.1 billion package – and we’ve agreed to share the costs between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories.”

Obviously, we want to know that AHA places are in the mix. 

 And from Treasurer Chalmers :

“.. At the conclusion of the Summit tomorrow, we want to release an outcomes document that covers the priorities we think are ready for immediate action this year, and others that will be subject to further work – as part of the White Paper process, subsequent budgets or through cooperation with states and territories.”

The Government has been quick to issue an Outcomes summary from the meeting that concluded this afternoon.  In a joint press release this afternoon ithe PM and Treasurer thanked
“...those who stepped up and spoke up at the Summit and the more than 100 roundtables held prior to the Summit in communities across the country, for their fresh ideas and open and constructive approach to addressing our nation’s big economic challenges. Many of the ideas and suggestions raised will be explored further over the next 12 months as part of the Employment White Paper, which will further help shape the future of Australia’s labour market.

The Albanese Government will release the terms of reference for the White Paper and begin accepting submissions later this month. The Summit and roundtables have proven there is a genuine desire across our country to come together to have a mature, forward-looking debate and to look for common ground. The Albanese Government will seek to maintain this spirit of cooperation and collaboration in the months and years ahead.”

Who attended?   Treasury released the invitation list.
Amid the many calls for calls for more skilled training and policy that better enables the potential workforce participation and skills capacity of women, people with disability, older Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and more, increasing the skilled migrant intake is firmly on the agenda.  Ahead of the Summit, National Cabinet met (Wednesday 31 August) and in a statement from the meeting: The National Cabinet also agreed to task the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to acceleration skills and qualification recognition in key sectors.
Among the commentary and media statements:
Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) - 
"The Jobs and Skills Summit can be a turning point for Australia's health workforce if the policy lens is widened beyond GP numbers, and a coordinated national plan is developed to address broader skills shortages ……the Jobs and Skills Summit is a critical moment for meaningful policy development and urgently needed to avoid a health workforce crisis. …..It is vital the Summit looks beyond simply increasing the numbers of doctors and nurses".

The aged care sector  issued a joint statement of common interests calling for reform to support the aged care workforce.  Peak advocacy groups, unions, large providers, charities, and research bodies put their names to a statement of intent that calls on government and society to place a greater value on the care sector.  The statement is signed by the Health Sector Union, United Workers Union, the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation, Catholic Health Australia, Uniting NSW.ACT, the Benevolent Society, and Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia.
Universities Australia called for an expansion of clinical placements available to students studying health-related degrees to maintain and grow Australia's health workforce. "While we are facing a skills shortage right now, Australia will also need over 300,000 additional health workers by 2026 ….This workforce is diverse, but universities train most of the health professionals within it - from allied health professionals to dentists, midwives, nurses, doctors, and pharmacists".
SARRAH will continue to write to Ministers, engage and contribute to the forthcoming Jobs and Skills policy White Paper process.

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Community Affairs Legislation Committee Aged Care Amendment (Implementing Care Reform) Bill 2022 [Provisions]Report released 2 September.
Regular readers will recall recent reporting on the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into aspects of the aged care legislation currently before Parliament.  While there is wide support for the features of the legislation (e.g. Registered nurses on-site and greater transparency), SARRAH and others remain concerned at the diminishing level of allied health services provided in aged care and at the prospects of this improving with the new AN-ACC funding model, regardless of the welcome flexibility and policy intent.  The Inquiry saw these issues and concerns aired again, and Deputy Chair, Senator Rice in echoed concerns in the Australian Greens Additional Comments (pages 53-55).   

News from the 2021 Census

Analysis from the ABS revealed:
more than half of baby boomers (50.4 per cent) had a long-term health condition reported in the 2021 Census. Baby boomers (aged 55-74 years) represented 21.5 per cent of the Australian population, according to the 2021 Census. They accounted for more than one third (34.2 per cent) of those who had at least one long-term health condition. Apart from the interwar generation (75 years and over), the baby boomer generation had the highest rates of multiple long-term health conditions. This long-term health information, captured in the Census for the first-time last year, is now being analysed with other Census information, including the type of illnesses reported in each state and territory and what co-morbidities are most common. 
 Census of Population and Housing - Counts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (released 31August 2021) – shows the reported population of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander people continues to increase rapidly.
In 2021:  812,728 people identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander – up from 649,171 in 2016. This represents a 25.2% increase; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represented 3.2% of the total population – up from 2.8% in 2016 and 2.5% in 2011. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population has a markedly younger population profile than the rest of the population and more people seem to be identifying.
ABS released key findings about health and population characteristics from the National Health Survey (NHS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Key statistics included, two in three (63.4%) people were supplied with at least one PBS medication in the 6 months before or after NHS interview; Almost all (97.0%) people aged 75 years and over were supplied with a PBS medication; 80.4% of people with one or more selected chronic conditions were supplied PBS medications.
An excerpt – In 2020-21, the characteristics of people who were supplied with multiple PBS medications were as follows:
  • One quarter (24.5%) of people living in inner regional Australia were supplied with five or more medication types, compared to 17.4% living in major cities
  • People living in areas of most disadvantage were more likely to be supplied with five or more medication types than people living in areas of least disadvantage (24.1% compared to14.0%)

 NSW Government responds to regional and rural health parliamentary report
The NSW Government released its response to the Health outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote New South Wales on Thursday 1 September. SARRAH contributed a submission to the inquiry and appeared to give evidence, which was noted in the Inquiry report.  The Government’s response is substantial, addressing each of the 44 recommendations.   Several of the recommendations have been acted on, including having a Regional Health Minister in Cabinet, establishment of a regional health policy and administrative arm (Regional Health Division) and substantial rural workforce attraction and retention measures.  All of these are welcome.
Notable details of the NSW Government response include support and calls for stronger service links, planning and collaboration with primary care, including the Commonwealth Government and PHNs directly (SARRAH notes National Cabinet are now pursuing this agenda actively); ‘supported’ the recommendation (No. 10) calling for establishment of RACCHOs, along the lines of the National Rural Health Alliance proposed model, but was circumspect about the details, if not the principle of the proposal, stating “Additional research is required on the RACCHO model, it’s supporting evidence , and costings”, also noting the need to consider MPS, HealthOne and other service and contextual developments (reasonable considerations); ec 11 –

That NSW Health work with the Australian Government collaboratively to immediately invest in the development and implementation of a 10-Year Rural and Remote Medical and Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention Strategy etc….It must also address hospital and general practice workforce shortages including General Practitioner, nurses and midwives, nurse practitioners, mental health nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers, paramedics, allied health practitioners and Rural Generalists. Rec 33: That NSW Health and the Local Health Districts, particularly those located in rural, regional and remote areas, prioritise building their Indigenous workforce across all disciplines, job types and locations. This should include additional funding targeted at increasing the number of Aboriginal Care Navigators and Aboriginal Peer Workers.  Rec 43 - That the rural and regional Local Health Districts work with rural and remote communities to develop Place-Based Health Needs Assessments and Local Health Plans in collaboration with the Department of Regional NSW, local government, education, human services, community services, community and First Nations organisations and local health providers that are responsive to the variations in determinants, lifestyle and disease burden for each community and its population.
(supported, but only in principle).

  • Members with a direct or other interest in NSW are encouraged to read the report.
  • For all the positives in the Government response, there are familiar concerns.  Allied health is referred to explicitly four times in the report and generally in terms that suggest the need for action in this area should be prioritised: for example, responding to Recommendation 11 (10 year rural workforce strategy) the NSW Government response emphasises the need for national action and states “If a national plan is to be developed, it needs to be multidisciplinary, with particular focus on allied health professions” (and whose responsibility might that be?) .  In response to wide-ranging Recommendation 30 that begins That NSW Health:  commit to providing continuity of quality care with the aim of a regular on-site doctor in rural, regional and remote communities (etc etc), the response includesHealth care services in all communities rely not only on doctors, but also nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals”.
    • Put simply, positive acknowledgements are not the same as explicit commitments and in the wash up of reports, recommendations and arguments about cost versus service needs and delivery generalised statements of support rarely translate to tangible deliverables.  There are very explicit and specific commitments in the NSW Government response with regard to doctors, nurses, midwives, the aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and more – all welcome, all important. More specific commitments with regard to allied health – in keeping with the more generalised statements – is warranted, given the severe shortages in rural allied health.  SARRAH wants to continue to work with NSW Health and others to help address these issues: they are serious and worsening.
  • Regional Health Minister, Bronnie Taylor, also announced the establishment of a Regional Health Ministerial Advisory Panel to help guide developments.  Details of the panel can be found here.  

National:  Allied health workforce data gap analysis – issues paper:
This issues paper, released 1 September 2021, outlines the findings and recommendations of the allied health workforce data gap analysis project, was produced by Health Policy Analysis, working to the Department of Health and Aged Care. SARRAH participated in interviews during the process.   
This is an important step in addressing the long-standing and serious gap in workforce information (crucial to service planning, policy setting, program development and distribution efforts), especially for non-Aphra regulated allied health professions.  Considering the enormous service gaps, enormous projected demand for allied health services (leading jobs growth demand) and access waiting times of 2 years for vital services, the lack of urgency in progressing this work to date is difficult to fathom.  Consequently, it is vital that this work proceed and (together with a national allied health - including rural and remote focus – workforce strategy) and genuinely prioritised.  All that said, SARRAH believes more work is needed to refine the work and ensure its progress is steered primarily by service need, access and capacity issues and not the technicalities associated with dataset development and maintenance, important as those issues are.  
The issues paper is very substantial, detailed and demonstrably illustrates expertise in health workforce data issues: welcome and overdue. It is imperative, now, that further developments are not driven by the data (availability constraints, gaps) but the priorities and objectives of allied health services and workforce – to enable access to services that improve peoples’ health and wellbeing (outcomes).  Development of an allied health workforce dataset is far more than a technical exercise.  There are aspects that arguably must be explored further (e.g. in the workforce dynamics elements) that could include intentions to practice rurally, exposure to rural pathways (and what influence that may have) etc – difficult and complex, yes, valuable and needed, yes.
  • This is always a risk. It is demonstrated routinely. For example, AIHW palliative care workforce reports include doctors and nurses and have remained silent on allied heath, not because allied health don’t provide palliative care (many of you do) but because they don’t collect the data.  Why does that matter? So, for argument’s sake, if a policy is developed by and it isn’t informed by people with an intimate knowledge of the area they use the available data – and the proposal put for Government consideration and funding (minus any reference to allied health) results in…. 
  • On page 1 (Executive Summary):  “To illustrate potential gaps, the Department posed the following questions:
1. What is the breakdown of the allied health workforce by profession (numbers of each type of allied health professional) and what is the breakdown across sectors?
2. What datasets capture the allied health workforce?
3. What datasets capture allied health services that may be used as proxy for workforce numbers?
4. What is the ‘journey’ of allied health workforce or service data in each dataset?
5. What is the value of collecting nationally consistent and timely allied health data?
6. What emerging mechanisms will support better data collection, and how?
  • These questions illustrate the Department’s requirements. The first question is key - but there is no mention of distribution or access to services. For all other questions the focus is centrally on datasets themselves (rather than what they are meant to facilitate - access to care and services via a workforce).
  • It may be that this work should focus on data issues and not deal inherently with the broader policy priorities and objectives. It does have to be informed by them.  We need a National allied Health Workforce Strategy – urgently.  This work is a vital complement and interative contribution to that Strategy, and can’t be construed as an alternative to it.

SARRAH Submissions 2022

  1. Consultation on the Fifth Review of the Dental Benefits Act 2008 Panel – the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
  2. Our Healthcare Future: Advancing Tasmanian’s Health. SARRAH Submission
  3. Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2023-24
  4. National Tobacco Strategy 2022-2030:Consultation Draft:SARRAH response
  5. SARRAH Opening Statement:  Senate CAC Hearing 17 March 2022
  6. Australian Cancer Plan 2023 - 2033 : Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) response
  7. SARRAH response: Draft National Medicines Policy
  8. Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) - 2022-23 Pre-Budget Submission
  9. SA Health Outpatient Workstream – The Clinical Prioritisation Criteria – Consultation– SARRAH Feedback  

Consultations Reminders 
The Consumer Health Forum (CHF)
The CHF 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
  • 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
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 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 before 30 September 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Mike.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
The ABS is reviewing the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), with the 2022  update is due for release on 22 November 2022. 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 across four weeks commencing 1 September 2022 and closing 28 September 2022.

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. This is an important 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. 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

National Medicines Policy (NMP)
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.

SARRAH Media Releases 2022
  1. Ignoring Allied Health Workforce Shortages Won't Make Them Go Away

Applications now open for workplace education and training scheme for allied health rural generalists, beginning in February 2023.
If you are passionate about rural and remote workforce development, and work for a private or non-government organisation that provides allied health services in MMM 3-7 areas, talk to your employer about TAHRGETS.

What do you get from TAHRGETS?
Education fees: Assistance for early career allied health professionals wishing to commence on the allied health rural generalist pathway. These fees will cover the Rural Generalist Program (JCU) for new graduates commencing on the Level 1 AHRG Pathway, or the Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice (JCU) for early career professionals. 
Workplace training grants: paid directly to the organisation. These grants can be used to cover backfill/and or support the rural generalist trainee to complete education, supervision and project components of the program.

Need more information?
To find out more information and eligibility criteria please visit our website. 

Contact us at 

Please share this information with your collogues and networks.

This project is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health 


SARRAH will be holding the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November 2022 at the end of the second day of the SARRAH National Conference.

Details of the meeting are as follows: 

Date: 16 November 2022

Time: 4:30pm (AEDT) 

The meeting papers will be circulated to SARRAH members shortly.

We are dedicating two weeks of the month of October to celebrating the value of allied health and profiling the professionals who provide it.
We want to hear from you!
We hope to share your story with that of many of your colleagues over the fortnight 1-14 October.
Write a short story (<250 words with an image in a PNG or JPEG format) and/or take a video or selfie that tells us:
👉 who you are
👉what you do
👉 where you work
👉 what you love about allied health and the difference you make is a great way to do this with minimal fuss!
email by
Friday 23 September 2022.


SARRAH SQUAWK Award – Nominations are now open!

The SARRAH SQUAWK Award is a prestigious award, established to recognise SARRAH members for making significant service to the organisation or an outstanding contribution to Australia’s rural and remote allied health 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
For more information and nominate please click here 

Don't miss this opportunity to share your story at the SARRAH Conference !

Share the inspirational or inspiring story of your time as a rural and remote allied health professional and win $500 in prize money for the best video and the best photo 

Video Submission

Please submit a pre-recorded Video – up to 90 seconds in duration maximum. Your video should be accompanied by a brief caption to provide an overview of the story you are sharing. The video gallery will be shared via the conference website and within the resource gallery for the duration of the conference.

Loom facilitates you to create videos easily - Click here to download Loom. Any other video recording options are acceptable to us. 

A prize will be given for the best ‘Member Story – Video’, judged by the conference delegates.

Member Story - Photo Submission

Please upload a photo, accompanied by a short paragraph (caption) telling the story of your photo. The photo gallery will be shared via the conference website and within the resource gallery for the duration of the conference.

A prize will be given for the best ‘Member Story – Photo’, judged by the conference delegates.

There is no specific guidelines for the storytelling, you may use the following sketch to develop your story as a guide.

  • Setting the sccene
  • Brief introduction of yourself, location (MMM category if you know it)  
  • Why this story is important- inspire other people, share your rural and remote experience, providing clinical services, etc…
  • Why you are interested in residing in rural and remote areas
  • The community background you live and work with
  • The issue/s
  • How do you face and resolve the issues?
  • Why do you lead the way you do
  • Success story

Submissions close in October. 

Submit your story here : 2022 SARRAH - Member Story Portal (

Do you need help crafting your story or Video?

We orgnised a workshop facilitated by Tanya Lehman


Contact Melodie Bat at for a discount code.


Pick up the early bird! 
Early bird pricing is available until Wednesday, 7 September. Save on the cost of registration!

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Conference Registration includes:

  • Access to all online sessions
  • Access to all recorded sessions for 3 months post conference
  • Online networking opportunities via the Meeting Hub
  • Access to full Online Exhibitor Listing

Register online to receive a tax invoice. Payments can be made securely with a credit card when registering online or by EFT within 7 days of registering. 
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Partnering in 2022

In 2022, our valued industry partners have the opportunity to join with SARRAH.
A variety of sponsorship packages are being offered. We also invite any new proposals you may wish to put forward; SARRAH is happy to negotiate a package that will be of maximum benefit to your organisation and the conference.

Download our conference sponsorship Prospectus here 
For all Sponsorship queries, or for any other conference matters, please contact Conference Design Nikia Shaw at Conference Design E: P: (03) 6231 2999

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You can subscribe for conference updates HERE so you are the first in the know of any news or developments. We look forward to sharing more conference developments and program details with you in the coming weeks.
For more information about the conference please click here SARRAH National Conference 2022 

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 23 September 2022 at

SARRAH Leadership Program Round 2 commences on 10 October 2022
SARRAH is very proud to open enrolments for the next SARRAH Leadership Program. This program has been designed specifically for AHPs in rural and remote settings.
 This program will assist to develop your leadership toolkit to help you to become a successful leader and  an agent for change in the rural and remote health landscape of Australia.
If you would like to take advantage of the SARRAH membership discount, then please visit for more info on our membership options. 

Course delivery Dates 
From 10 October to 2 December 2022
Course Fee: 
The full cost of the course is $1000(+GST) and $750 (+GST) for SARRAH Members.
The course has been built around four key topics:
  • Leadership Vs Management
  • "Being" leadership
  • "Doing" leadership
  • "Maintaining" leadership 

  • Visit SARRAH’s online learning store, choose your course and follow the prompts.
  • If this is your first time at the store you will be prompted to first create a user account.
  • You will need to pay for your course. Payment types are either PayPal or by invoice. You can apply the coupon for your discount at checkout. If you’re paying by invoice, then your enrollment will be confirmed once payment has been received.
  • Once you have completed the purchasing process you are automatically enrolled.
  • Then you can simply click your way into the course and begin your learning journey.
Email if you would like to request a relevant discount or need more information about the courses.
The program has been developed in collaboration with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.


Australian Contraception and Abortion Primary Care Practitioner Support Network (AusCAPPS) free online community of practice has grown to over 1,000 members since launching in July 2021.
Based on a successful Canadian model, AusCAPPS is an NHMRC funded research project developed in partnership with the RACGP, APNA, the PSA, and other key stakeholders for primary health care providers who are focused on increasing women's access to long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) and early medical abortion (EMA). It is the first community of practice that brings together GPs, nurses and community pharmacists in one place!
Our main aim is to increase the number of providers of LARC and EMA care to allow more women to have better access to sexual health and reproductive health services, including in the rural and remote communities where rates of unintended pregnancies are higher. 
Exclusive to our AusCAPPS members, you can

  • Chat and connect with fellow GPs, nurses and community pharmacists around Australia who are also providing LARC and EMA services. 
  • Ask clinical questions and get feedback from peers and our dedicated team of expert clinicians from Family Planning NSW and Sexual Health VIC. 
  • Access practical knowledge and clinical content developed by our GP, nurse and pharmacist leads with many years of experience in the women’s reproductive healthcare.
  • Gain access to our members only database where you can reach out to LARC providers and EMA prescribers and dispensers to expand your local network.
  • Catch up on LARC and EMA related news, and webinars and podcasts.
  • Access evidence-based resources such as guidelines, clinic resources, research papers, and links to training opportunities.

 Check out our website to find out how we are supporting our growing community of GPs, nurses and community pharmacists and join now!
 Link to our website:


Department of Health Aged Care and Mental Health Scholarships: next round opens 29 August 2022

Up to 100 Aged Care postgraduate scholarships are available for allied health professionals to focus on dementia related qualifications.  The maximum amount of funding is worth up to $15,000 per scholarship, to study either a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or a masters.

Further Mental Health postgraduate scholarships are available to provide up to $15,000 for allied health professionals working or intending to work within the mental health sector to undertake postgraduate study. All courses must be relevant to the applicants work in the mental health sector and enhance expertise in mental health and suicide prevention.
To be eligible to apply for a postgraduate scholarship applicants must be:
  • an Australian Citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • a qualified allied health professional who is either registered with AHPRA or eligible to register with their professional body
  • working in aged care or mental health
  • currently enrolled or intending to enrol in a course, which commences or is continuing from January – December 2023 in a relevant Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters program.
The Allied Health Professional Placement scholarship provides up to $11,000 for undergraduate and postgraduate allied health students to undertake a placement in a mental health setting. Applications are now open and will remain open until all funds have been expended. Scholarships will be offered to successful recipients on a monthly basis.
The Allied Health Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scholarship provides up to $1,500 for allied health professionals working or intending to work within the mental health sector to attend a short course, conference or workshop in 2023. All courses must be relevant to the applicant’s work in the mental health sector and enhance expertise in mental health and suicide prevention.
Applications for all scholarships open on Monday 29 August 2022 for studies undertaken in 2023 and closing Monday 10 October 2022.
For further details, please visit the Australian College of Nursing website.

Watch back! Our Healthy Conversation on becoming a sustainable healthcare champion

On Tuesday, CAHA hosted its third Healthy Conversation on becoming a sustainable healthcare champion. It was a ripper panel discussion with tips for everyone on their sustainable healthcare journey. Watch the recording here.

Our next Healthy Conversation, ‘Always caring for Country’ will be co-hosted with the Lowitja Institute. RSVP now.

CAHA submission: Climate Change Bill 2022 and Climate Change (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022. You can read CAHA’s submission here.

External Grant Opportunities

AUS: Grants for children and young adults with a rare disease:
AUS: Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal Community grants:
TAS: Tasmania Leaders Non-Profit Scholarship:
ACT: International Day of People with Disability (I-Day) Grants:
QLD: Female Founders Impact Program:

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  1. Mental Health Worker Adult - South West Hospital and Health Service, Charleville
  2. Speech Pathologist, Rural Reliever Program
  3. Occupational Therapist - Murray Bridge
  4. Clinical Lead in Occupational Therapy-Murtupuni for Rural and Remote Health JCU
  5. AHP1/2 Physiotherapist (Multiple positions)- Mount Gambier
  6. Social Worker Rural Generalist (Mount Gambier)
  7. Deputy Director - South West, Southern Queensland Rural Health, Charleville
  8. Community Occupational Therapist - Rural Generalist Training Position
  9. Occupational Therapist (Professional 2) - Alice Springs
  10. Graduate Opportunities - Allied Health - NWRH
  11. Occupational Therapist - Riverland Malee Coorong Local Health Network
  12. Occupational Therapist - Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service - Bundaberg
  13. Rural Regional Generalist Podiatrist - Port Augusta
  14. Mount Gambier Physiotherapy Candidate Pool (AHP1/2)
  15. Allied Health Rural Generalist Position - Elephant in the Room Training & Consultancy
  16. Pharmacist - Emerald, QLD
  17. Physiotherapist - Eyre and Far North Local Health Network, Port Lincoln
  18. Occupational Therapist - Desert Therapy, Alice Springs
  19. Speech Pathologist - Well Balanced Care
  20. Occupational Therapist - Emerge Allied Health (St Helens)
  21. Allied Health Assistant Part time/ Casual - Corryong Health
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  25. Senior Speech Pathologist - Community Allied Health and Aged Care
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  33. Occupational Therapist - Dundaloo Health Services
  34. Psychologist or Accredited Clinical Social Worker - Dundaloo Health Services
  35. Clinical Educator (Allied Health) - Southern Queensland Rural Health - Charleville
  36. Speech Pathologist Rural Generalist - Mt Isa QLD
  37. Physiotherapist - Nhulunbuy NT - Arneham Physiotherapy Services
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  39. Clinical Psychologist - Health Workforce QLD
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23rd International Mental Health Conference 
5-7 September 2022 - Gold Coast Convention Centre QLD 

Population Health Congress 2022
21-23 September 2022 Adelaide Convention Centre

39th National CRANAplus Conference
Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, from 4 – 6th October 2022.
Indigenous Wellbeing Conference 
24-25 October 2022, Adelaide Oval, SA

Hospital in the home conference
16-18 November 2022 - Tweet Heads NSW

Indigenous Allied Health Australia Conference 
28-30 November 2022 - Canberra


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