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SARRAH is pleased to invite you to attend a discussion forum “Rural allied health workforce – clearing a path and joining up dots” to be run in conjunction with SARRAH’s Annual General Meeting Scheduled for 26 November 2021. The forum is scheduled to run from 9.30 am to 11.30 am AEDT. The AGM will start at 12.00 pm (AEDT).
Members and colleagues committed to improving allied health services and access across rural and remote Australia are welcome to join the Discussion.

Purpose of the Discussion Forum:
To develop a shared set of priorities to promote ahead of the next election and opportunities to connect with and develop networks – national, local and mixed, cross-sector and community focused.  
We expect that the proposed priority actions:
  • enable workforce and services that help address national issues but work locally. 
  • enable place-based trials/collaboration in locations, especially in communities with effective local networks.
We're keen to identify options which have broad participant support to work up and put to political leaders and funding agencies.
Focus on the Forum:
  • We will focus centrally on the NDIS, however for allied health in rural and remote Australia that often means looking at health, aged care and every situation and setting people need these services.
  • We will share ideas, what works on the ground and what doesn’t: innovative practice, collaborative service models and ways of building, attracting, supporting and retaining a workforce.
  • We will identify the best opportunities to connect with and where can we work together?
Who will be involved in the discussion?
SARRAH members include rural practitioners in the public, private and community sectors, students/future rural practitioners, educators working in the university and VET sectors, small and large service delivery organisations, researchers, policy and program managers. Other attendees will include:
  • Local service coordinators and providers, other allied health and workforce development/education and training representatives.
  • We hope, government representatives with an interest in promoting place-based action supported by broad partnerships to help address service and workforce challenges.
How will the session be organised?
The Forum will be a facilitated discussion, led by SARRAH CEO Cath Maloney ensuring all participants are comfortable sharing their inputs.
  • We encourage participation but you won’t be put on the spot.
  • There will be an opportunity to raise issues and questions online.
  • We will aim to get to and include all of your points, feedback and suggestions as much as possible during the session, but afterwards if not.
 The draft agenda items are as follows: 
Item # Description Approximate time
 1 Opening comments and introduction 5 minutes
2 The context: snapshot reminder of the policy and political environment 5 minutes
3 Scene setters: Selection of stakeholder viewpoints - national, regional and local  (speakers TBA) 30 minutes
4 Forum discussion:  Facilitated and time-limited short organised around 3-5 identified priorities for action.
  1. What’s important?
  2. What works and why?
  3.  What doesn’t and is needed to improve workforce and service access?
60 minutes
5 Synthesis and re-cap – what needs to be prioritised for action now? 15 minutes
6 Next steps and close 5 minutes

If you are interested, please submit the registration form here  We will share the link to dial-in once the registration form is received.
SARRAH Secretariat

Level 2, 53 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600


The next SARRAH AGM is scheduled to be held on Friday, 26 November 2021 at 12pm AEDT.

The purpose of the AGM is to report to Members on the organisation's activities over the previous 12 months and proposed activities in the forthcoming year. 

All members are invited to attend the meeting. The AGM will be held via Zoom. Please register to attend the meeting via the link provided in the invitation letter. Dial-in details for the meeting will be shared once the registration form is received. 

Please click here for more information. Please note that you will need to log in to your member portal to access the AGM information. 

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Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health
Level 2, 53 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT, 2600

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