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SARRAH to Administer the Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme (AHRGWES)
SARRAH Acting CEO Cath Maloney was pleased to be in Dubbo this week for the announcement from the Hon. Mark Coulton MP of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme (AHRGWES) which will be administered by SARRAH for the next 2 years. The education program will create incentives for allied health professionals to work in regional areas and better equip them with the skills needed for rural practice. More here
Grace Leonard, Gabby Byrne, Julie Cullenward and Cath Maloney join Mark Coulton for the announcement of the new $3.2 million education program.
You are invited to participate in a national consultation on Dementia in Australia
Commonwealth, State and Territory Health Ministers have started a national consultation and evaluation process to inform national planning and action after the current National Framework for Action on Dementia 2015 – 2019 expires.
The invitation provides “opportunity to inform and scope options for national strategies to address dementia in the future” and aims to be “strategic, collaborative and cost-effective”.
The work is being led by the Western Australian Department of Health and supported by a national dementia working group.  
SARRAH Members may have an interest in contributing either directly and/or by providing input to SARRAHs Submission.

The existing Framework can be viewed here).
Two types of Submissions are being sought – and separate submission templates have been provided for each:
  • For people who have, or know someone who has a lived experience of dementia - Click here
  • Policy development, service delivery, research and advocacy professionals - Click here. SARRAH will prepare a submission under this category.
To access the surveys on-line click on - online survey.
If you’d like to check out the surveys in a printable form - access here:
The consultation closes Tuesday 31 December 2019.
If you’d like to contribute to SARRAHs submission, please provide your input – general comments, questions, specific responses or anything else – to If you could provide your input to Allan by cob Monday 16 December it would be welcome and much appreciated.
DVA veteran cards and health care arrangements
The following suite of articles relating to Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veteran Cards and health care arrangements have been published in DVA Provider News:
New-look card shows veteran support' - The article advises health providers that they can expect to start seeing DVA clients present their new-look Veteran Cards (Gold, White or Orange), for treatments and services.
‘Understanding the DVA Gold Card -  An overview for providers about the entitlement of DVA Gold Card holders, which DVA-funded treatments they can receive.

Earlier this year, DVA also published an article about ‘Understanding the DVA Veteran Card – White’ which is a handy companion to the two recently published articles.
Record crop of bush health students
A record crop of health science students has been trained by Australia's hard-working University Departments of Rural Health, according to latest statistics. UDRHs are located in rural and remote areas in every state and the NT. They focus on addressing rural health workforce shortages by exposing students from universities around the country to the many career - and lifestyle - opportunities that exist in those communities. In 2018, nearly 14,000 nursing, midwifery and allied health students took part in clinical placement programs offered by 16 UDRHs. UDRHs supported almost 8,000 nursing and midwifery students and just under 6,000 allied health students. More here

If you are an eligible health care professional working in primary care in rural or remote South Australia, you can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to increase your clinical skills and scope of practice through training or study.

More than 75 health care professionals were awarded a bursary or scholarship in Round 2 for 2019-20 of the Health Workforce Scholarship Program.

You can apply for up to $10,000 to support relevant post-graduate studies, short courses, workshops or attendance at conferences that can be completed by 31 December 2020.

Eligibility criteria and the online application form, can be accessed on our website: Health Professional Scholarship Program.

SARRAH Photo Competition - "A Rural Life"
Thank you to all those who have already submitted photos, we have some amazing pictures showcasing the diversity of our wonderful country. But there is still plenty of time to get your photos in.
You can enter as many times as you like, so please send your photos to
Closes 30 November 2019.
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).
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Ballot for Board Positions
Your completed Ballot form must be returned to SARRAH by email to by no later than Close of Business Friday 22 November 2019. Documentation is also available on the SARRAH website, or by contacting the office

NOTE: You must be a fully financial, individual member of SARRAH to nominate for a position. Completed nomination forms must be lodged with SARRAH by close of business on Friday 1 November 2019.
Other News
Skin Cancer Action Week reminds us to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide - Melanoma is expected to be the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer, with 15,229 new cases estimated. Unfortunately, up to 1,725 people will die from the disease this year.

Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention Phase Two officially launched - ‘Towards Zero’ suicide prevention goal, with phase two of the Black Dog Institute’s Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP II) officially launched in Sydney.

Eliminating rheumatic heart disease is within our grasp - The biennial Communicable Diseases Conference being held in Canberra has heard that rheumatic heart disease (RHD) continues to be the clearest example of the disparity in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.

Ethicon response to Federal Court of Australia judgment on pelvic mesh class action - Ethicon empathises with women who have experienced complications following pelvic mesh procedures. It’s important to note pelvic mesh has helped improve the quality of life for millions of women worldwide with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Interfaces between the aged care and the health care system - The scope and purpose for the upcoming Canberra hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in December is now available to view on the Commission website. The hearing will inquire into interfaces between the aged care system and the health care system. The hearing will commence on Monday, 9 December 2019.

SARRAH 2020 National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference

The Organising Committee is delighted to present the SARRAH 2020 National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference.

Hosted by SARRAH since 1995, this biennial conference is for all involved in regional, rural and remote allied health.

The Organising Committee invites you to Townsville

  • to hear a range of eminent speakers,
  • to join us as we share stories to shape the future success for remote, rural and regional allied health, and
  • to celebrate 25 years of SARRAH networking, advocacy and events.
We look forward to sharing our beautiful city with you in 2020.
Upcoming Events

Paramedics Australasia International Conference (PAIC19).

28-30 November 2019, Wrest Point Hobart, TAS

Current Job Vacancies
Physiotherapist - Rural Workforce Agency Norther Territory (RWA NT) are partnering with Alice Springs Physiotherapy and Sports injury Clinic to find a Physiotherapist to join their multi-disciplinary team. Alice Springs Physiotherapy and Sports injury Clinic was established in 1994 and has continued to develop and provide excellence in Physiotherapy services and other Health Services to the population of Alice Springs and surrounding areas.

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.
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