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Message from our CEO
When you venture out for a morning jog in early spring in Canberra you should expect to be swooped.  So it was on Monday morning that I heard the familiar flutter of wings descending on me from behind, followed immediately by a light clip to the back of the head, causing me to take immediate defensive action.  But the assailant wasn’t a magpie.  A cheeky cockatoo flashed past me and landed on a nearby lamp post, then turned to me with a menacing glare.  Well, as menacing as it’s possible for a parrot to carry off.  I relaxed my defensive posture, then sheepishly glanced around to see if anyone had noticed.  I took in the cockatoo’s aging appearance and concluded it was wily enough to know the high panic its ambush was likely to induce in unsuspecting passers-by.


 The encounter with the elderly cockatoo has left me thinking about what SARRAH has been doing around aged care.  Regular readers will be aware that SARRAH has been active on this front in recent months, with an appearance before the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in July.  Based on our members’ feedback we called for an aged care system that incentivises care based on models of wellness and reablement, and the central role that allied health services play in maintaining the physical and mental well-being of older Australians. 
In liaison with our fellow members of the Australian Allied Health Leadership Forum we will be contributing to ongoing work to shape the future aged care funding model.  We will be calling for our members with an aged care background to assist us in applying a rural lens over the recommendations to introduce a national classification and funding model for residential aged care developed by a group led by Professor Kathy Eagar of the Australian Health Services Research Institute (University of Wollongong).  Anyone who has worked in subacute or palliative care will be familiar with the established classification systems developed by Prof. Eagar and her team.  Members interested in contributing may wish to look over the synthesis and consolidated recommendations following the resource utilisation and classification study found here
I’d be very happy to hear from our members interested in working with us through this process.
Have a great weekend and watch out for cockatoos with attitude!
SARRAH Webinar
"Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme"

This FREE webinar held on the 3 October 2019 provided an overview of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme (AHRGWES).

If you would like to view the recording please click here

October is Breast cancer Awareness month
In 2019, it is estimated more than 19,300 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 3,000 women are expected to die from the disease. As a result of the huge strides we have made in diagnosing breast cancer early and in treatment, more than nine out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia will survive.

But prevention is always better than cure.
There are known risk factors for breast cancer, and while some such as family history are not modifiable, some are. Every woman should learn about these to understand her own risk. Information is available on the Cancer Australia’s website

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Without research, 30,000 more lives will be lost to breast cancer by 2030
To coincide with the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has released new data showing 30,000 more lives could be lost to breast cancer by 2030, without adequate research investment. More information here
We want your photos!!!!
  • Do you have a flair for photography?
  • Would you like to win a 1 year SARRAH individual membership?
We would like to enhance our photo library here at SARRAH, so we are running a photo competition through to the end of October.
We would love to see your photos depicting "A Rural Life"

Please send your photos to

NOTE: SARRAH will be using the photos in publications, on our website and on social media. If you have taken photos with people in them you will need to ask them to complete a permission form which is available from us. Please also be aware of any possible privacy issues - more information is available here
and also under the Privacy Act 1988
More Australians can access diagnostic test results online
The upgrade to My Health Record, released by the Australian Digital Health Agency, is a step-change for both healthcare providers and their patients in the way they can conveniently and securely view medical reports.  Healthcare professionals will be able to see patient’s pathology and diagnostic imaging reports and test results grouped together to better support clinical decisions and patients will benefit from improved usability online. More information here
Stick 'em up! Health warnings on individual cigarettes
New research shows adding health warnings to individual cigarette sticks is an effective way to reduce smoking rates, as the ‘shock value’ of graphic cigarette packet warnings is wearing off.

James Cook University’s Dr Aaron Drovandi led the research with the support of advisors from JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry. He said despite huge drops in tobacco use, smoking remains the largest preventable cause of mortality in Australia and is still the cause of death of an estimated 15,000 Australians per year. More information here

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Other News

Celebrating International Day of Older Persons - The theme for this year being “The Journey to Age Equality.” Australians are now expected to live almost 10 years longer than was the case 50 years ago. Our average life expectancy is now 82.5 years and it is projected by 2050 there will be more than 40,000 centenarians.

Cheaper medicine for over 500,000 patients - Cheaper medicine is on the way for more than 500,000 patients from October 1, with price reductions for common scripts and new medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), in some cases saving over $100,000 per patient.

New retirement community accreditation scheme ready to go - The Australian Retirement Village Accreditation Scheme (ARVAS), the new, unified accreditation scheme for retirement community owners and operators, is now open for business.The ARVAS standards are now finalised following the consideration and evaluation of feedback received from industry and stakeholders. ARVAS is designed to be supported by the Retirement Living Code of Conduct, forming a new and robust quality framework for the operation of retirement communities.

Stick 'em up! Health warnings on individual cigarettes -

Next Gen Ambassadors - The New Leaders In Age Services - There’s a new tribe of young professionals providing fresh perspectives in the age services sector. They’re ready to ensure we attract, develop and retain the passionate professionals needed to lead the design and delivery of high performing, respected and sustainable age services into the future.
Upcoming Events & Conferences


2019 Asia-Pacific health leadership congress
9-11 October - Gold Coast

Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference - Gold Coast, QLD
21 - 23 October
19th Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference

Rural Medicines Australia 2019 - Gold Coast, QLD
23-26 October

AOPA Congress 2019 - Melbourne, VIC
24-26 October

RACGP Annual Conference 2019 - Adelaide, SA
24-26 October

Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium - Adelaide, SA
28-30 October

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For information on other upcoming events please visit our website here
Current Job Vacancies
Speech Pathologist - Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network, Riverland Community Health Services, Berri.
Under the direct supervision of the Speech Pathologist (Department Coordinator), you will contribute to the delivery of a comprehensive and integrated range of health services appropriate to the needs of the Riverland community.
Mental Health Clinician Candidate Pool - Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network, Murray Bridge & Berri. This is a great opportunity to enjoy being part of a friendly country health service, where you will experience broad exposure to a variety of clinical settings. You will contribute to the delivery of a comprehensive and integrated range of evidence-based, recovery-oriented services across the multidisciplinary Mental Health Service appropriate to the needs of consumers in the Riverland and Murray Mallee communities.

Allied Health Candidate Pool - Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network is accepting applications for Allied Health positions located in the Riverland Region. Applicants for Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Speech Pathology, Dietetics and Social Worker roles, interested in ongoing, temporary or casual employment are welcome.

Physiotherapist 2 Positions - Mount Isa
Full time positions, Salary Range: Pending qualification and years of experience, 5 weeks annual leave (17.5% leave loading), superannuation, 2 return flights to value of $1800, $5,200 professional development allowance, retention incentive, salary packaging available.

Occupational Therapist 2 Positions - Mount Isa

The Occupational Therapist reports to the Allied Health Manager and is part of the Health Services team. The position is responsible for working in conjunction with a small multi-disciplinary Primary Health Care team in the delivery of culturally appropriate Occupational Therapy to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, including paediatrics, school-based programs, chronic disease self-management and rehabilitation.The role will entail outreach service delivery from clinic-based and community-based settings, both in Mount Isa and outreach to the communities of Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Burketown, Normanton and Karumba.

Podiatrist Senior

Podiatrist Senior position is to deliver a specialist clinical podiatry service to all clients in Cooktown and Weipa with a particular focus on 'high risk foot' problems. High risk foot problems are particularly relevant for clients with chronic disease, those diagnosed with amputations, foot ulcerations, peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, gross foot deformities and biomechanical presentations.

Senior Dietitian

The Senior Dietitian position provides comprehensive, effective and efficient patient/client centred dietetic and nutrition services, appropriate with level of experience, for individuals whose health needs are the primary focus of an interdisciplinary healthcare team approach. This position delivers clinical and community services within a multidisciplinary environment within the Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service including food service consultancy, acute, ambulatory and residential aged care services to achieve excellence in client care, education and research.

Research Leadership and Development Opportunities
The Centre for Rural and Remote Health (CRRH), James Cook University (JCU) is part of a national network of university departments of rural health head quartered in Mount Isa, with nodes in Cloncurry, Longreach and Weipa. We now have three exciting opportunities to join our multi-disciplinary team.

Radiographer Professional 2 Remuneration Package Range $97,285 - $116,335 (comprising salary $84,101 - $100,856 superannuation, leave loading and the value of 2 weeks extra recreation leave). In addition to above Package Range professional development allowances and salary sacrifice provisions.
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