From the CEO's desk

It was a pleasure and a privilege to attend Indigenous Allied Health Australia's National Conference 2022 in Canberra this week.  The future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Allied Health is in great hands judging by the commitment and passion displayed by the young indigenous allied health professionals walking the halls of the convention centre.  In particular the students participating in the IAHA Ultimate Student Leadership Challenge gave me a lesson in what providing a culturally safe and responsive service to our First Nations Peoples looks and feels like.  Congratulations to the team at IAHA on a fantastic conference and for all the work you do to develop these future leaders.

I was also privileged to witness a panel discussion on the Uluru Statement and the coming referendum, involving Thomas Mayor, Geoff Scott and facilitated by Prof. Tom Calma AO.  This is such an important conversation for us all to be involved in as we head toward a referendum in the near future.  If you are wondering where to start, Prof. Calma highly recommends beginning with the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process: Final Report to the Australian Government (July 2021), " least the executive summary", he suggests.  

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The Commonwealth Government Closing the Gap Annual Report 2022 was released this week. The annual report measures progress against agreed Closing the Gap targets.  It reported a mix of progress in some areas and a worsening situation in other areas.. Readers are unlikely to be surprised.  There is much we need to do. 
The report includes examples of Commonwealth activity contributing in this critical area. On page 53, SARRAH was pleased to note the following:
Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway
The Commonwealth has invested $9.51 million for 90 workplace training packages to attract and retain allied health professionals in rural and remote communities and expand the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway (AHRGP). This includes up to 30 packages for Aboriginal community-controlled health services. To date a grant agreement has been executed with Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health. The Commonwealth continues consultation with private allied health practices to determine their capacity and willingness to participate in the AHRGP program and support an early career allied health professional. Additional consultations have commenced to identify practices and Aboriginal community-controlled health services who wish to participate in the AHRGP program. Packages commenced in early 2022 and will continue to be offered as available throughout the program period. 

The Queensland Health Allied Health Framework for Value-Based Health Care has been released. The Framework “has been developed as a tool to support health professionals as they explore value-based health care (VBHC) implementation, providing a structure to change the way care is delivered to focus on the outcomes that matter to people and communities.” 
The Framework was developed by the Office of the Chief Allied Health Officer, Clinical Excellence Queensland, in partnership with the Australian Hospital and Healthcare Association, and in close collaboration with the Queensland Health allied health community and consumers.  If you would like to know more about the Framework please contact Emma Hoban 
You can find out more about the Framework, how it was developed, and how it is currently being used within Queensland is available in this webinar
These are good resources – have a look.

News from the NDIS Review - the Review released its second newsletter.  It includes a number of useful links, including a recording of NDIS Review panel member Dougie Herd who spoke to the ABC Life Matters program about some of the problems with the NDIS and why it needs to change. 
Attract, Connect, Stay Project: readers may be aware SARRAH has had a key role securing resources for and supporting the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Attract, Connect and Stay project in rural NSW. It’s good to see independent reports – such as this from the ABC on the difference it can make in communities.
Aged Care:  Department of Health and Aged Car has released the second Food and Nutrition Report 2021-2022 – following the Government decision to fund Aged Care providers an extra $10 per resident  per day to this purpose.  The report shows providers spent an average of $14.46 per resident per day on food during 2021-22 – with wide variation among providers. 
The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) released a ”Sneak Peak” of their 2023 Conference this week.  There is a welcome focus on allied health and SARRAH’s own Cath Maloney will be part of the line-up. 
The Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society (ANZFPS) released a report Why investing in falls prevention across Australia can’t wait.  The report suggests a coordinated plan could reduce falls by 30% and substantially reduce the associated $2.3 billion healthcare burden.
  • One action must be to make sure older Australians – especially those eligible for support through our Aged Care system - have access to allied health services that help people to retain and regain strength, independence and mobility.  We regularly comment on the rapid decline of allied health care in the aged care system since the Royal Commission. 
  • SARRAH has been invited by Aged Care Minister the Hon Anika Wells to participate next week in discussions on the future of our aged care workforce. We will aim to raise these and related issues in offering to contribute to address these urgent workforce, access and quality issues.  

Seeking your input:
SARRAH advocates strongly for the interests of rural and remote allied health
and for these to be a fundamental consideration in national health and related service strategy design, oversight and development of integrated policy, program and service design. The value of allied health in addressing service gaps, demographic and population health trends needs to be better understood by decision-makers and funders.
To this end, SARRAH puts considerable effort into providing submissions to government and other inquiries and consultation processes. Those submissions are always better, and potentially more influential, when they are informed by the expertise and knowledge of our members.  We encourage you contribute.  A short email or a quick phone conversation on a subject of direct concern to you can be extremely valuable in these processes. If you’d like to contribute, please contact

The list of submissions we contributed to during 2021-22 can be found on page 20 of the SARRAH 2021-22 Annual Report.


The ACSQHC is updating the National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care.   The Consensus Statement sets out suggested practices when providing end-of-life care in all relevant healthcare settings.  You can view the revised version here. Importantly, the updated Consensus Statement broadens the scope beyond hospitals, to include Primary and Community Health Care and residential aged care settings. The Commission would like your feedback on the draft Statement through a short online survey which is open until 14 January 2023

The National Dementia Action Plan is a joint initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments. It is a 10 year plan to put people living with dementia, their families, and carers at the centre of all action on dementia.
The consultation paper is available in several formats - summary of the consultation paper (15 pages); consultation paper on a page; and consultation paper (70 pages). You can provide feedback by completing an online survey (approx 15 mins) or by emailing  The consultation closes on 23 January 2023.  This information is also on the Department of Health and Aged Care’s consultation hub.

The National Mental Health Commission is developing a National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy to address mental health-related stigma and discrimination. The Draft Strategy is available for input and feedback, with input due by 1 February 2023. The Commissioner invites you to provide your feedback via an online survey on proposed actions and/or by uploading a submission. 
If you have questions, please reach out via email to

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee is inquiring into the extent and nature of poverty in Australia, with a report due by 31 October 2023. The Terms of Reference include – to quote: (c) the impact of poverty on individuals in relation to: (i) employment outcomes, (ii) housing security, (iii) health outcomes, and (iv) education outcomes.  Further detail about the scope of the inquiry is provided in the terms of reference.  Submissions are sought by 3 February 2023.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has commenced a comprehensive review of ANZSCO to reflect the contemporary Australian labour market and better meet stakeholders’ needs. SARRAH has flagged this previously. Further information on how to participate in the upcoming consultations is now available. Resources for the ANZSCO are available at Updating ANZSCO.  Contact if you would like to subscribe to receive communication on the ANZSCO update.  

The Joint Standing Committee (JSC) on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Submissions close on 30 June 2023  Inquiry into and report on general issues around the implementation, performance, governance, administration and expenditure of the NDIS  


The Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is updating the National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia, which was the first national autism practice guideline in Australia. The CRC is inviting contributions to the update through an online survey that asks about your views about assessment and diagnosis The survey closes 5pm AEST on Monday 5 December, 2022.  Details can be found here.

The Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia will inquire into and report on Northern Australia's workforce development - considering the impediments to building the economic and social infrastructure and workforce needed to support economic development.  Submissions are due by 9 December.

South Australia - Burns Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) for both adult and paediatric services - released for consultation and feedback.  The SA Chief Medical Officer has invited SARRAH to contribute by providing feedback on the Burns CPC, which is available on the Clinical Prioritisation Criteria website. Input can be provided to SARRAH (to, as soon as possible) or directly via Consultation is open until Friday 9 December 2022.

Closing the Gap Review:  Review paper 2: Proposed approach and invitation to engage with the review: Review paper 2 outlines how you can contact the Productivity Commission  to share your views on their planned approach to assessing progress of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and how it is implemented.  Submissions are due by 12 December 2022. To make a submission or comment visit You can email the Commission at

The Joint Standing Committee (JSC) on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Inquiry into the Capability and Culture of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) - Submissions closing 16 December 2022

Inquiry into and report on general issues around the implementation, performance, governance, administration and expenditure of the NDIS - Submissions close on 30 June 2023 

Cancer Australia is inviting your feedback on the public consultation for the Australian Cancer Plan (ACP), which sets a 10-year plan to improve outcomes. Cancer Australia is calling for coordinated system-wide engagement and inviting comment on a on the strategy, priority areas, objectives and actions in cancer control.  To view the draft Australian Cancer Plan and provide feedback, visit  Public consultation will close on 16 December 2022.

The Commonwealth Government review of the Disability Services Act. The Act governs how the Government provides services for people with disability to improve their independence and participate in community and economic life. The new Act will also provide a basis for continued supports and services outside the NDIS for people living with disability, and support priorities in Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-31, the national disability policy framework. (See the separate submission process on the Strategy, below).  
Consultation on the Disability Services Act is open until 20 December 2022. More details are available at DSS Engage.

Review of the NDIS You are invited to “Have your say” online by 5 pm Saturday 31 December 2022A supporting paper is available at Our Approach. There is also a summary version and an Easy Read version (PDF 1 MB).  The Review team also indicate you can “contact us” if you need more time.

Natural Disaster Recovery Support
On Rural Health Pro, you can find an overview of key recovery grants and assistance available to support the rural health workforce and relieve some of the costs of rebuilding practices. 
To access 24/7 mental health and wellbeing support, please call:  

  • Lifeline – 13 11 14 
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636 
  • NSW Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511. 

External Grant Opportunities
AUS: Scholarships for rural and regional students
AUS: E.J. Connellan Award
AUS: Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal Community grants
AUS: Targeted Call for Research: Improving physical health of people with a mental illness 2022
AUS: Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Training
NSW: Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program
NSW/QLD: Thriving people and places grants
QLD: Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships
TAS: Healthy Tasmania Fund - Healthy Focus Grants
NT: Health Workforce Scholarship Program
VIC: Workforce Scholarship Program (HSWP)

The 24th Annual International Mental Health Conference
June 7 - 9, 2023, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia

Change to DVA’s Nutritional Supplementation request form for veterans residing in a residential aged care facility

Rural health professionals and students can register now to attend the RWAV Conference at the Rydges in Geelong on Thursday, 16th February 2023.

RACGP HAS just launched the new Infection prevention and control guidelines for general practices and other office-based and community-based practices (the IPC Guidelines) on our website.
The IPC Guidelines provide you with updated guidance on planning and implementing high standards of infection prevention and control in your workplace by addressing:

  • the basics of infection prevention and control (including principles, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, aseptic technique, levels of precaution)
  • managing risks to staff (including staff screening immunisation and infection management, sharps, exposure to blood and other body substances)
  • managing the practice environment (including cleaning, laundry and waste management)
  • managing equipment (including reprocessing reusable medical devices)
  • managing outbreaks (including disease surveillance and outbreak response)
  • practice setup (including practice design, fit-out, equipment and consumables).

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