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Friday 9 August 2019

CEO Message

...And that’s a wrap.  The curtain falls on the 2019 National Allied Health Conference as we leave balmy Brisbane for bright and breezy Canberra with our bags stuffed with business cards and heads filled with ideas and possibilities.

The SARRAH booth was a busy place, with a constant stream of visitors, both old friends and new faces, all keen to learn what was happening in the world of rural allied health.  It is these connections that make such gatherings so worthwhile, and we thank everyone for their support and well-wishes. 

Congratulations go to Pat Wrigley from Tasmania who won our guessing competition and is now a proud new SARRAH member!  Welcome to the flock, Pat!
I was kept very busy during the conference, helping to deliver a workshop on the allied health rural generalist pathway, working alongside a team of facilitators from Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania, investigating opportunities and addressing challenges to implementing the allied health rural generalist pathway in the workplace.  An eclectic group of people participated and SARRAH will be drawing from the collective wisdom in the room to assist others to grow more rural generalist trainees across the country.  I also delivered a presentation on our recent rapid review of strategies to recruit and retain allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia.  Many thanks to Kris Battye for her incisive review and to Hassan Kadous of NSW Health for helping to pull our presentation together for what was a well-received presentation.

And in breaking news… We are delighted to announce that we have secured a further two years’ funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health to continue the national expansion of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway.  We look forward to continuing the foundational work of Queensland Health, and will explore opportunities to grow trainee positions in the non-government and private sectors while continuing to support several public health services currently implementing 62 rural generalist trainees across five states and territories.  Thanks to Chris Jeacle and her team at Department of Health Some early seeds have been sown in the contacts made during the conference, and we look forward to providing you with regular updates on our progress.   
The future’s so bright…


National Allied Health Conference Brisbane 2019

The fabulous facilitators of the "Realising the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway: Practical implementation approaches for success" workshop.
Cath Maloney, Susie Lennox, Gemma Tuxworth, Ilsa Nielson, Carly Maurer, Lisa Baker, Anne Jones and Renae Moore.

SARRAH ready for business

Congratulations Pat for correctly guessing 101 cockatoos in the bowl at the SARRAH stand and winning a 1 year SARRAH membership.

The Administrators Medals Primary Health Care 2019

Do you know people who work in primary health care who deserve recognition for what they do? We are now inviting nominations for the 2019 Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care. These awards recognise excellence in people who have contributed significantly to the provision of primary health care in the Northern Territory.

You can nominate an outstanding individual, a team, or a whole practice/health service for their contributions to improving health outcomes here in the NT. Nominations close on 13 September.
Submit a nomination today:

SARRAH Conference 2020

The excitement and interest in #SARRAH2020was evident at the National Allied Health Conference in Brisbane this week.
EOI - Would you like to join the Scientific Committee for the SARRAH Conference?
The National Allied Health Conference is SARRAH’s premier event for rural, remote and regional allied health professionals . 

The SARRAH 2020 Organising Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest to join the Scientific Committee for the SARRAH 2020 National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference. The Scientific Committee is being established to support the Conference Committee with decisions on the selection of abstracts based on the quality of submissions and, in liaison with the Organising Committee, refinement of conference themes and content. Associate Professor Trish Wielandt (Head of Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology, James Cook University) will chair the Scientific Committee.

The overarching Conference theme is Sharing Stories : Shaping Success

Please complete the form and forward along with your CV to
Nominations will close on Friday 16 August 2019.

$13 million to combat tuberculosis
The Australian Government has announced a $13 million commitment to help support global efforts in eradicating one of the world’s most dangerous diseases.  The World Health Organization estimates that around 10 million people each year fall sick with TB, with nearly 60 per cent of new cases each year occurring in the Indo-Pacific region. More here
Mental Health providers receive support with new My Health Record toolkit
Mental healthcare providers and their patients will benefit from the launch of a new My Health Record Mental Health toolkit, released today by the Australian Digital Health Agency.
The toolkit was developed to ensure healthcare providers are equipped to assist their patients with clear and specific information to make an informed decision about the benefits of using My Health Record. The toolkit addresses how to reap the benefits of the system, and how to manage patient information securely, sensitively and privately.

New Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights empowers patients as partners
A revised Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights to be launched Thursday 8 August encourages people receiving health care in Australia to actively engage in decisions about their care with their healthcare provider.
The second edition of the Charter, developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, describes rights that apply to people in all healthcare settings across Australia and reflects an increased focus on person-centred care. More here
17th Deaf Blind International World Conference 2019
12-16 August - Gold Coast, QLD

Compass Teaching and Learning Conference
30-31 August - Darwin, NT


CRANAplus 37th Conference
18-20 September - Hunter Valley, NSW

Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference
26 September - Sydney, NSW

2019 Conference Program now Available

For information on other upcoming events please visit our website

Other News

The Rural Locum Assistance Program (Rural LAP) has been refunded from 1 July 2019 until 30 June 2022. Since its inception in 2011, the program has helped subsidise over 6,500 leave requests.

Cancer patients in the ACT are waiting longer to receive life-saving treatment than patients in other jurisdictions....

Premier Mark McGowan says the McGowan Labor Government will introduce legislation to legalise voluntary assisted dying in Western Australia into State Parliament.

The nation's oral health is not in as good a shape as it should be right now. Only half of adults clean their teeth twice a day and our sugar consumption exceeds WHO guidelines, contributing to tooth decay as the most common chronic disease in Australia.  

The Poche Indigenous Health Network, we are holding a Key Thinkers Forum on Allied Health – Pathways to Success.
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