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I had a productive morning today at the Rural Health Round Table, where I met The Hon. Mark Coulton, Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, whose portfolios include Rural Health.  In opening comments, both Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACCRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) acknowledged the importance of a team approach to rural health care, expressing support for the need to develop the rural workforce across all disciplines. 
Round table members then heard National Rural Health Commissioner Professor Paul Worley outline his recommendations to government regarding the rural Allied Health workforce, including the need for a Chief Allied Health Officer, and for solutions to the current fragmented funding environment that impacts the viability of allied health providers, culturally safe and responsive services through increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce, and investment in rural and remote allied health training pathways, all of which were well received by roundtable participants.  Minister Coulton also announced that Professor Worley’s contract would be extended for the duration of the funding period to June 2020, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Rural Health Commissioner over the ensuing months. 
Much of the subsequent discussion revolved around the importance of promoting rural generalism as a means to bolster the rural health workforce, including a call from ACRRM President Ewen McPhee, for rural generalist pathways to be developed for all health disciplines.  I explained elements of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway to the group, gaining considerable interest from Health Department staff and other allied health peak bodies represented at the round table.  The momentum around the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway is building, and we look forward to recruiting a project manager in the next few weeks to implement the expansion of the pathway into the private an non-government sectors over the next two years.

From left to right, The Hon. Mark Coulton MP, Claire Hewat (AHPA), Dr Gabrielle O’Kane (NRHA) and Cath Maloney (SARRAH).

SARRAH is Recruiting

Applications will close Friday 27 September
We are looking for an Allied Health Professional with experience in project management to manage the Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme (AHRGWES).

AHRGWES seeks to address the maldistribution of the allied health workforce and improve access to allied health services in rural and remote communities.  It contributes to the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Rural Health Workforce initiatives by providing targeted supports for the allied health workforce through the implementation of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway (AHRGP).

The AHRGWES program seeks to meet the following objectives:

  • To establish forty (40) new Allied Health Rural Generalist trainee positions nationally over two years.
  • To engage service providers in multiple sectors (health, disability, private sector) to take up rural generalist traineeships.
  • To facilitate an accreditation mechanism for the Allied Health Rural Generalist program coursework, working with key stakeholders.
  • To establish the requisite organisational structure and intellectual capital to sustain the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway beyond the life of the pilot.
If you would like to find out more about the role or submit an application please click here.

AIHW: Trends in hospitalised injury due to falls in older people 2007-08 to 2016-17

This report focuses on trends in fall-related hospital care for people aged 65 and over from 2002–03 to 2016–17. Read the report here.


Drowning report a timely warning on summer water safety

Every year, Royal Life Saving produces a National Drowning Report. This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year.

The report shows that those from multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and low socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as those living in remote areas, remain at greater risk of drowning. Read the report here.

New resources, updates and web forms from the Commission for Children and Young People

The changes are aimed at supporting organisations to provide more information upfront to assist the Commission in performing its oversight role and to reduce follow up questions. More here

Implementation masterclass & Women in Leadership program

Professional development courses at Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI). MCHRI is a key partnership between Monash Health and Monash University, forming a unique, collaborative centre focused on directly delivering improved health outcomes. 

Women in Leadership Program 2019
16th – 17th October 2019, Alfred Campus
(Click here to register).

Implementation and Healthcare Improvement Masterclass
10th & 11th October 2019
(Click here to register)

Other News

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability officially opened in Brisbane on Monday 16 September 2019.

New online risk checker addresses three top preventable diseases - Healthdirect Australia has launched the healthdirect Risk Checker for three key preventable disease areas. Developed in collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health and available across the government-funded healthdirect website, the free, user-friendly online tool helps users determine their level of risk for heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

$33 million for research to improve health care now - The research will examine new and improved ways to help Australians adopt healthier lifestyles, and explore new models of coordinated care for those battling chronic conditions. Many illnesses, disabilities and deaths experienced by Australians are caused by chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, some cancers, lung disease, diabetes and mental illness.

The 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, 'Shaping the future', is being held in Alice Springs 25-26 May 2020 and the call for abstracts is now open. The Symposium will focus on rural and remote health research that informs strategic health policy, and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia into the future.  

Upcoming Events & Conferences


IAHA 2019 National Conference
23 - 25 September - Darwin, NT

Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference

26 September - Sydney, NSW


2019 Asia-Pacific health leadership congress
9-11 October - Gold Coast

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

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
Podiatrist Senior
Podiatrist Senior position is to deliver a specialist clinical podiatry service to all clients in Cooktown and Weipa with a particular focus on 'high risk foot' problems. High risk foot problems are particularly relevant for clients with chronic disease, those diagnosed with amputations, foot ulcerations, peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, gross foot deformities and biomechanical presentations.

Senior Dietitian

The Senior Dietitian position provides comprehensive, effective and efficient patient/client centred dietetic and nutrition services, appropriate with level of experience, for individuals whose health needs are the primary focus of an interdisciplinary healthcare team approach. This position delivers clinical and community services within a multidisciplinary environment within the Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service including food service consultancy, acute, ambulatory and residential aged care services to achieve excellence in client care, education and research.

The Children’s Development Team in Alice Springs is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic paediatric Physiotherapist to join our friendly and supportive multidisciplinary team.

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.

Radiographer Professional 2 Remuneration Package Range $97,285 - $116,335 (comprising salary $84,101 - $100,856 superannuation, leave loading and the value of 2 weeks extra recreation leave). In addition to above Package Range professional development allowances and salary sacrifice provisions.
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