Message from the CEO

Stories are a really important way to get a complex message across.  Anyone who has tried to answer the question "what is allied health?" using a technical definition is probably very familiar with the distant look that steals across the listener's face about half-way through their fabulous and 100% technically correct explanation.  But if the answer is framed around a real-life story of recovery following a significant trauma or health event, it's much easier for the listener to grasp the relevance and connection with the matter at hand. 

Nothing beats being able to talk about real-life examples when attempting to persuade decision-makers to invest in projects we know are making a difference.  Sometimes the numbers just don't tell the whole story, and heart-warming anecdotes are much more likely to stick with the listener than a bunch of facts and figures.  Those of us neurogeeks who have done one of David Butler's "Explain Pain" workshops will understand there is good science behind the sticky anecdote.

If you'd like to know more about how to use story-telling for influence and impact, you should check out our storytelling workshop with Tanya Lehmann.  We have negotiated a great discount for SARRAH members and there are only 15 places available so please jump in and take advantage.

Travel safe.

SARRAH CEO Cath Maloney is a physiotherapist with substantial lived experience of rural and remote health service design and delivery. SARRAH’s regular podcast, “Talking for purpose” features a range of views and perspectives, from the joys and challenges of delivering services in rural and remote communities, to the policy and political machinations that enable or hinder access to services. 

Hear inspiring stories from your peers, why health policy needs to better reflect allied health demand and delivery reality and how you can help make that happen.

If you’re looking for informative and entertaining chat while you cover those miles between country towns on your daily rounds, this is the podcast for you.  Why not be part of it and tell your story?

Do you have any themes/topics that you would like to hear us discuss? People you’d like us to interview?  Please drop us an email to our mailbox at

Department of Health and Aged Care
The Department issued the latest edition of Your Aged Care Update.  With the introduction of the AN-ACC from 1 October any SARRAH members working with aged care recipients should stay across developments.  

National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN)
The NRHSN recently produced an excellent position paper, based on the results of a survey of members, considering the decision by the previous Government to introduce (Higher Education Loan Program) HELP Debt Reduction for Rural Doctors and Nurse Practitioners.  To the credit of the NHRSN the report is far more than a simple bid for expanded funding, but a succinct and substantial consideration of the reactions to and implications of the measure, including the likely efficacy of supporting a greater shift to rural and remote practice.  Definitely worth a read, and consideration by policy makers. SARRAH hopes to connect with the NRHSN and discuss the survey in more detail.

 ClinEdAus is an open access, no user cost, evidence-based one stop shop website for learning support and training materials for allied health clinical educators. 
ClinEdAus has developed new material based on clinical supervisor needs which are focused on topics including models of supervision, adult learning, managing clinical placements, providing feedback, assessment, managing difficult situations, meeting diverse student needs, emotional wellbeing and managing workload. A virtual website tour is available to showcase recent changes.

Women's Economic Equality Taskforce (WEET)
The first meeting of the Commonwealth Government’s new WEET was held on Wednesday 21 September, following an important set of themes and principles discussed at the National Jobs and Skills Summit held in early September.  It also “delivers on an election commitment to prioritise advice to government on the many issues facing women in the Australian economy.”  The details of the Taskforce and membership are available in this media release

SARRAH hopes that the Taskforce will be open to recognise and promote existing opportunities to improve women’s economic equality, such as to champion the need to increase opportunities in the fastest growing professions in demand in the Australian economy – allied health professions – and recognising these highly skilled, in demand professions, have a workforce profile generally in the range of 70-90+%.

VIC Government Health Workforce Strategy reform and Consultation

A big thank you to SARRAH Members who alerted us to the Victorian Government’s Health Workforce Strategy reform and consultation process. We were not previously aware of this important consultation process, but fortunately written submissions from organisations and individuals until Thursday 29 September 2022 and input can also be provided online, through the link provided.
  • It appears consultations have been underway throughout August and September: through online forums and workshops. SARRAH is not aware of the details.  Nonetheless, “The health workforce can contribute directly to the development of the strategy through an online survey. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will focus on core issues, ideas, and suggestions on training pathways, roles, career planning, skill development priorities and the future ambitions of the health workforce.” 
  • The Department suggests written submissions should no more than four pages. While there are no guidelines or discussion paper to respond to advice is that submissions “may be feedback or suggestions on workforce issues relating to training, development, or capability; workforce supply and growth; or workforce wellbeing and engagement.”   Please email submissions to with the title ‘Written submission’. 

Consultations Reminders 
The Joint Standing Committee (JSC) on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The Joint Standing Committee (JSC) on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is conducting an  inquiry into the Capability and Culture of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) - with particular reference to: a) the capability and culture of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), with reference to operational processes and procedures, and nature of staff employment; b) the impacts of NDIA capability and culture on the experiences of people with disability and NDIS participants trying to access information, support and services from the Agency; and c) any other relevant mattersMore information about this inquiry is available on the committee’s website. There are two submission closing dates – 12 October 2022 and 16 December 2022. Submissions received on or before 12 October 2022 will be considered for public hearings to be held this year. Submissions received after the 12 October 2022 closing date will be considered for hearings in 2023.

.committee’s websiteMore information is available on the committee invites submissions by 30 June 2023 for consideration in its first annual report.   as soon as practicable after 30 June 2023. Generally submissions for this inquiry are open for the life of the Parliament; however, the inquire into and report on general issues around the implementation, performance, governance, administration and expenditure of the NDISThe JSC is also continuing to
National Disability Services (NDS) survey:  SARRAH members who provide NDIS services – have your say:  SARRAH and NDS share concerns about access to allied health services in rural and remote Australia. NDS is conducting their annual State of the Disability Sector Survey and inviting SARRAH members (who are a CEO,member of a senior management team, or the business owner) to “Help tell the story of the disability sector at this crucial time. Your input will shape government policy, inform media coverage, and contribute to positive reform of the disability sector.”  Tell us about the State of the Disability Sector now - Take the SurveyThe Survey closes on Friday 23 September 2022.
Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit
The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit is inquiring into Commonwealth grants administration, with a focus on strengthening integrity and administration of grants. The terms of reference identify funding programs for specific attention but there is also scope for general comment on process.  Submissions are due by Thursday, 20 October 2022.

Tasmania - 2023-24 State Budget Community Consultation
For the 2023-24 State Budget provides organisations with the opportunity to make suggestions for future priority setting. The Tasmanian Government is requesting submissions focus on the following areas of key importance: supporting Tasmanians with the rising the cost of living; improvements that could be made to existing Government services or processes, including grant application and/or management; and opportunities to improve services that are directed towards vulnerable peopleSubmissions are due by 14 October 2022.

The Department of Health and Aged Care
The Department of Health and Aged Care is developing a new approach to regulating aged care that aims to be people-centred and based on best practice principles, “to ensure safe and quality aged care is delivered to older Australians”. The Department is seeking contributions that will help deliver the reforms identified by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and have released Consultation Paper No.1 – A new model for regulating aged care, which provides a high-level overview of the new model. You’re invited to provide your views and feedback through:

providing a written submission via the Consultation Hub, closing 10 October 2022; or
completing the questionnaire via the Consultation Hub, closing 10 October 2022.
Further consultation papers will be released in the coming months. Further information is available on the webpage. Queries can also be directed via email to

The Department of Health and Ageing is developing an aged care data strategy in response to recommendations 67 and 108 of the Aged Care royal Commission.  They are inviting input. More information is available here - we create a better aged care data system and Consultation information guide. Input can be provided to before 30 September 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Mike.

The Department of Health and Aged Care has also engaged Ernst & Young (EY) to undertake a study of private health insurance (PHI) default benefit arrangements. PHI default benefits include ‘minimum’ and ‘second-tier default’ benefits, paid by health insurers to eligible hospitals for the treatment of privately-insured inpatients in specific circumstances where there is not an agreed contract in place between the health insurer and the hospital. An aim of PHI default benefits is that they support improvements in accessibility and efficiency of privately insured hospital services for healthcare consumers .More information is available here.  Please submit responses to by cob, Friday 23 September 2022

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport is holding an Inquiry into Long COVID and Repeated COVID InfectionsThe Terms of Reference include the patient experience … particularly diagnosis and treatment; the experience of healthcare services providers; research; health, social, educational and economic impacts on individuals and the broader community, including for groups that face a greater risk of serious illness; impact on the overall health system; and best practice responses. Submissions close on 18 November 2022.  For further information please contact the secretariat at

Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee
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 

The ABS is reviewing the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), with the 2022 update is due for release on 22 November 2022. ABS has invited submissions on ANZSCO Proposed Changes, closing 28 September 2022. Please email with any questions or for further information.

Productivity Commission 
Productivity Inquiry - Interim reports “Productivity growth is about harnessing our ingenuity to do more with the resources we already have — working smarter, not harder — and investing in the latest technology and the best ideas. The Productivity Inquiry focuses on the enablers of productivity growth in a modern, market-based, service-oriented world. The first interim report provides the broad productivity context for the exploration of productivity-enhancing reforms detailed in a series of forthcoming interim reports. You are invited to examine these interim reports.”  A skilled, professional workforce that specialises in building and maintaining people’s health, wellbeing and capacity – such as allied health professionals - might have a role here. Final submissions are due by Friday 7 October 2022.
Towards an Aged Care Pricing Framework Consultation Paper 
The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority has invited feedback on the proposed approach to aged care pricing. This is an important development in substantiating not only what allied health services should reasonably be provided through aged care services but add focus to the gaps and variations in practice. Submissions to the Consultation Paper close at 5pm AEDT on Friday 14 October 2022.  You can complete the online submission form or email your response in Word, PDF or RTE format to

SARRAH Recent Submissions 2022

  1. Consultation on the Fifth Review of the Dental Benefits Act 2008 Panel – the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
  2. Our Healthcare Future: Advancing Tasmanian’s Health. SARRAH Submission
  3. Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2023-24

SARRAH Recent Media Releases 2022
  1. SARRAH CEO, Cath Maloney re-appointed for a further 3 years
  2. Ignoring Allied Health Workforce Shortages Won't Make Them Go Away
SARRAH is refreshing the Transition to Remote and Rural Practice Toolkit.
The SARRAH Transition to Rural Practice Toolkit was a heavily used resource available to early career and other health practitioners commencing or contemplating rural or remote practice.
 The original Toolkit was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing through its Rural Health Support, Education and Training (RHSET) program, and developed by SARRAH drawing on contributions of content experts in the field, including AH Academics, practitioners, researchers – generally SARRAH members.
The Toolkit needs to be adapted and re-developed to enable multimedia content and access via a range of devices, as used by rural and remote clinicians, students, and other users.

We need your help!
How can you help?
  1. Investing in the toolkit.
    We are offering several partnering opportunities that will give you access to the full toolkit for your staff or students, and give you the opportunity to influence the content development. More info here.
  2. Joining the Steering Committee
    Decide on content areas and monitor the development work. Volunteer through the survey, or email with your interest.
  3. Becoming a Toolkit Expert
    Share your knowledge, your expertise, your wisdom. You can either donate your time, or SARRAH will enter into a royalty-sharing agreement with you for any modules that you contribute to. Volunteer through the survey, or email with your interest.
  4. Telling us what you need.
    Respond to our survey to ask what’s most important to you.
 Head here to find out more about how you can be involved.

Join our workshop and learn the art and science of storytelling for impact.
Find your voice, tell your story, make a difference!

What will you learn from this workshop?

  • An introduction to the art and science of story telling for impact and influence
  • Explore the practical application of your story for advocacy conversation
  • The best ways of influencing decision makers
  • The best way of crafting your story you can use in your presentations
  • How you can change the leadership with storytelling examples.

The workshop will be facilitated by Tanya Lehman, Leadership, Resilience and Change Consultant.

Tanya has over 24 years’ experience leading large-scale organisational change, developing leaders, and shaping complex systems. A dietitian by background, Tanya spent decade establishing Allied Health Professional workforce development, clinical governance and leadership systems across South Australia.
Following three years as Regional Director, Riverland Malee Coorong, responsible for 12 hospitals, 10 aged Care facilities, 2 medical practices, disability and community-based services, Tanya was seconded to lead clinical governance and change leadership streams of a major restructure of public health services across rural South Australia, establishing governing boards.
Read more about Tanya here 



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       External Grants 

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  1. Occupational Therapist Grade 1 - Northeast Health Wangaratta
  2. Paediatric Physiotherapist - Alice Springs
  3. Paediatric Speech Pathologist - Tamworth Community Health Service
  4. Public Health Dietitian - Alice Springs
  5. Lecturer in Medical Imaging - University of Canberra
  6. Senior Specialist Mental Health Worker - Darwin
  7. Rural and Regional Generalist Podiatrist - Port Augusta
  8. Community Occupational Therapist - Rural Generalist Training Position
  9. Graduate Opportunities - Allied Health - NWRH
  10. Mount Gambier Physiotherapy Candidate Pool (AHP1/2)
  11. Allied Health Rural Generalist Position - Elephant in the Room Training & Consultancy
  12. Pharmacist - Emerald, QLD
  13. Physiotherapist - Eyre and Far North Local Health Network, Port Lincoln
  14. Occupational Therapist - Desert Therapy, Alice Springs
  15. Speech Pathologist - Well Balanced Care
  16. Occupational Therapist - Emerge Allied Health (St Helens)
  17. Physiotherapist - Corryong Health 
  18. Senior Speech Pathologist - Community Allied Health and Aged Care
  19. Psychologist - Well Balanced Care, Cairns
  20. Occupational Therapist - Well Balanced Care 
  21. Exercise Physiologist - Active Performance
  22. Speech Therapist - Active Performance
  23. Social Worker - Active Performance
  24. Occupational Therapist - Active Performance
  25. Physiotherapist - Active Performance
  26. Physiotherapist - Corryong Health
  27. Occupational Therapist - Dundaloo Health Services
  28. Psychologist or Accredited Clinical Social Worker - Dundaloo Health Services
  29. Clinical Educator (Allied Health) - Southern Queensland Rural Health - Charleville
  30. Speech Pathologist Rural Generalist - Mt Isa QLD
  31. Physiotherapist - Nhulunbuy NT - Arneham Physiotherapy Services
  32. Speech Pathologist - Health Workforce QLD
  33. Clinical Psychologist - Health Workforce QLD
  34. Physiotherapist - Health Workforce QLD
  35. Occupational Therapist - Health Workforce QLD
  36. Physiotherapist - Optimum Recruitment

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