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Message from our CEO
Younger members of our global society continue to make their voices heard on issues from climate action to democratic freedom.  Closer to home last week, young people attended a three-day NSW Youth Drought Summit in Lake Macquarie. Unicef Australia’s report “In their own words: the hidden impact of prolonged drought on children and young people” notes that children and young people are making reasoned, informed, adult decisions – based on lived experience - on a daily basis.  Decisions about running a farm, family issues, even their own education.  These future leaders are being forced to grow up quickly, and their insights are valuable.
Among other things, Unicef calls for governments to invest in supports to strengthen local capacity, including long term investment in primary health care and mental health services for children and youth and their extended families. As the Commonwealth develops its 10-year health plan, opportunities arise for long-range planning which could work in favour of our young people, with both cost impact and health impact of sustained investment in primary health and mental health services able to be planned and tracked longitudinally. 
So too long-range health planning for effective rural health workforce planning and investment to meet the health and wellbeing needs of our young people creates a favourable climate where the value proposition of the allied health workforce can be best appreciated.  Our sector needs to pull together to ensure we extract the best outcomes from this planning process and the work of the National Rural Health Commissioner whose recommendations will go to the Rural Health Minister this month.
In November SARRAH will participate in our quarterly face-to-face meeting with the other member organisations of the Australian Allied Health Leadership Forum where we will ensure the Commissioner’s recommendations remain on the agenda. The future investment in the rural allied health workforce remains a central issue for SARRAH as we continue to advocate for better health outcomes for rural Australians. 

Notification of SARRAH Annual General Meeting
The next annual general meeting (AGM) of the members of Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) will be held on 29 November 2019.
Details of the meeting are as follows:
Date: 29 November 2019
Time: 12:00PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)
Place: Held via Zoom (details are included in the agenda).

The SARRAH Board comprises 9 positions, with 5 positions available as follows;
Positions up for re-election are:
1. Hon Treasurer
2. 2 member positions
Positions open for nomination are:
1. 2 member positions

Full details on appointments to the SARRAH Board are available in Section 11 of the SARRAH Constitution. A copy of the constitution is available here.
Contact us at the office for more information
International Allied Health Professionals Day 
Celebrate, Appreciate, Inspire

Monday 14 Oct was International Allied Health Professionals (AHP's) Day and SARRAH  celebrated by hosting a morning tea in the national office. Some lovely cupcakes were enjoyed by all thanks to Cath. A big thank you to those who were able to join us.
SARRAH Webinars
Our next webinar is titled - Person - Centred Emergency Preparedness: What’s my role and responsibility? and will be presented by Dr Michelle Villeneuve.
Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019
Time:12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AEDST
If you would like more information on the webinar and Dr Michelle Villeneuve please click here.
Tickets are free for SARRAH members and for non-members the cost will be $30. If you are a member and would like to attend please contact us at to receive the access code for your free ticket.
Your event URL to book your ticket is here

SARRAH Photo Competition
Thank you to those who submitted photos they are fantastic, but keep them coming in.
  • Do you have a flair for photography?
  • Would you like to win a 1 year SARRAH individual membership?
We live and work in a wonderfully diverse country so we would like to see photos depicting "A Rural Life" this maybe the view from your office, your community, something unique to where you live and work, or amazing people you know.
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 the Privacy Act 1988
You can enter multiple times, so please send your photos to
Meet our New Team Member
The SARRAH team are pleased to introduce you to our new team member above. I am sure you agree they are extremely colorful, a very good talker, click here to listen to the message, and can mimic anything you say, they love to tell really bad jokes and can dance. But they do not have a name if you would like to offer some suggestions please send them through to us at
Aged Care
Scope and purpose for Royal Commission Mudgee hearing is announced - The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Mudgee from Monday 4 November 2019 to Wednesday 6 November 2019. At this public hearing, the Royal Commission will inquire into the provision of aged care in regional and remote areas, with a focus on: the perspective and experience of people who access or are involved in aged care in regional and remote areas; challenges associated with delivering aged care in regional and remote areas; and models for and approaches to delivering aged care in regional and remote areas, including Multi-Purpose Services. For further information please consult the hearings page of the website. 

Training in dementia care for aged care workforce is recurrent theme - Dementia Australia is again joining broader calls for the government to implement national mandatory dementia education for the aged care workforce.
Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said that ensuring the aged care workforce is trained with skills that respond to the needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers is of vital importance to the quality of care provided to the growing number of Australians living with dementia.

AIHW: Pathways in aged care - The Pathways in Aged Care (PIAC) link map brings together a number of data sets-and records for more than 5 million people. It allows us to analyse how people used aged care services between July 1997 and June 2014. Interactive graphs and maps provide data at the national level and by state and territory, and Aged Care Planning Region.

Other News

Competitive grants of up to $1 million to turn medical discoveries into clinical reality - Cutting edge researchers and entrepreneurs can receive up to $1 million from the Morrison Government to develop their breakthrough medical devices to improve patient care. The third round of funding from the Government’s $45 million BioMedTech (MBT) Horizons initiative, funded by our landmark Medical Research Future Fund, will open on 15 October.

Disparity of care still exists for Australians with metastatic breast cancer - Sunday 13 October was Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, and Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is shining a light on the challenges experienced by people with metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is when the cancer spreads from the breast to other parts of the body, such as the liver, lungs or bones. It is not curable, but is treatable, and approximately 9,000 Australians are living with the disease.

Poor diets damaging children’s health worldwide, warns UNICEF - An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them, UNICEF warned this week in its The State of the World's Children 2019: Children, food and nutrition report. In fact, in Australia ranks ninth in the top ten of 41 OECD and EU countries when it comes to the percentage of children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 years who are overweight, and this figure has risen 35.1 per cent since 1990. Almost 2 in 3 children between six months and two years of age are not fed food that supports their rapidly growing bodies and brains. This puts them at risk of poor brain development, weak learning, low immunity, increased infections and, in many cases, death.

Primary Health Reform Steering Group Established - The 10-Year Plan will be informed by extensive consultation with patients, providers, experts and the community. The establishment of the Primary Health Reform Steering Group is the first step in this approach.

Safer Baby Bundle to reduce stillbirths - A package of education and awareness measures designed to reduce rates of stillbirth, will soon be available for health professionals and pregnant women across Australia.

Upcoming Events & Conferences

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 and Language Pathologist - Work in schools as a member of a multi-disciplinary Learning Service Support Team to provide a speech and language pathologist service which supports students and families. Contribute to capacity building of school communities to improve access, participation and achievement of students.

Occupational Therapist -
Working in a multidisciplinary community care team, you will work in a restorative care approach to return clients to their usual activities of daily living. Independently managing a diverse caseload, you will provide assessment and intervention for home safety, home modifications, and equipment prescription.

Transition Care Coordinator - The NT Transition Care team currently has two fulltime positions available for Allied Health Professionals in our team based in Darwin. We are seeking an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Social Worker to join our team.

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.

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.
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