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Keeping the focus on disaster recovery
A short note from me this week, as a state of emergency has just been declared in the ACT and the SARRAH National Office is closing down for the rest of the day. The bushfire still burning to the south of the capital continues to threaten lives and property.
While there remains an acute need for an ongoing disaster response, the focus for government agencies is beginning to shift from crisis management to recovery. SARRAH continues to raise awareness of the need to include allied health services in both crisis response and recovery programs, and for the need to consider both mental health support and physical reablement, now and for the months and years ahead.
Stay safe,
Other News

Spending on Mental Health Services Set to Reach $10 Billion
An average of $400 was spent per person on mental health-related services in Australia during 2017-18, according to new figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report, Mental health services in Australia, shows that almost $10 billion was spent nationally on mental health services in 2017-18 in Australia. "Per person expenditure on mental health services increased from $382 to $400 between 2013-14 and 2017-18," said AIHW spokesperson Mr. Matthew James. "Of the $9.9 billion in spending, 60.6% was provided by state and territory governments, 33.9% by the Australian Government, and 5.5% by private health insurance funds. This distribution has remained steady over the past five years."

Partner Violence in Australia: New Analysis
An estimated 1 in 6 women (1.6 million) aged 18 years and over had experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15, according to findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS). The 2016 PSS also found that the proportion of women who experienced partner violence in the last 12 months had remained relatively stable since the PSS was previously conducted in 2012 and 2005. ABS Director of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics, William Milne, said new analysis of 2016 PSS data identified a number of sociodemographic characteristics that were associated with experiences of partner violence for women.

SARRAH Webinars 2020
SARRAH is excited to announce a series of engaging webinars for March, April and May. All SARRAH members have access to free tickets to the webinar as a part of their membership perks (contact for the promo codes).

Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway - Service Outcomes and Learnings from Teams in QLD, NSW and TAS
Thursday 13 March 1pm (AEST)

Save the date!

The Fragile Forgotten - The Experience of Providing and Receiving Services Under the NDIS in Rural Australia
Dr Luke Wakely
Tuesday 7 April 12pm (AEST)

Dr Luke Wakely is a senior lecturer in physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. As an APA titled paediatric physiotherapist with 20 years of clinical experience in rural Australia, he is passionate about addressing health inequity for rural communities in particular children and their families. His research focuses on the parenting of children with health issues or disability and the particular needs of rural families. Further information about the Webinar can be found on this flyer.
Tickets to access this Webinar can be found here.

Investigating Successful Rural and Remote Health Workforce Retention Improvement Approaches in Canada and Other Far-Northern Countries Targeting Social Connection and Belonging of Newcomer Health Professionals and Grow-Your-Own Workforce Strategies: Findings From My 2019 Churchill Fellowship Trip
Dr Cath Cosgrave
Thursday 14 May 6:30pm (AEST)

Dr Cosgrave is a social scientist with internationally recognised expertise in rural health workforce (recruitment and retention). Her research specialisation is rural health workforce recruitment and retention of nursing and allied health professionals; sub-specialisations include early-career and health professionals from non-rural backgrounds.  In 2018, Dr Cosgrave was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, to visit rural and remote communities in Canada to investigate community-led and engaged health workforce development approaches for the psychosocial needs of newcomer health workers.  Since completing her PhD in 2016, she has been working as a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health and as an independent management consultant in rural health services and workforce planning. Dr Cosgrave has developed a ‘Whole-of-Person Retention Improvement Framework’ outlining supports for improving job and life satisfaction. Dr Cosgrave has recently completed a two-year partnership project with two rural Victorian public-health services working to support improved retention of their allied health workforce; she is currently writing up the study. Further information about the webinar can be found on this flyer.
Tickets to access this Webinar can be found here.
Links for Health Professionals Supporting Health Care in Bushfire Affected Communities

Volunteering Opportunities

The Federal Government has put in place emergency protocols to expedite the process of getting GPs and allied health professionals to bushfire-affected communities where they are needed most.

The Department of Health and Department of Human Services will prioritise all applications from health professionals who want to work in bushfire-affected communities. Allied health professionals can work at a new practice for up to two weeks using their existing Medicare provider number. 

Health professionals wishing to offer support to bushfire affected areas should contact their relevant Rural Workforce Agency (RWA):

People wishing to provide supplies and assistance are advised to direct their enquiries to the relevant state government.  Financial donations are preferred at this point, as services have been overwhelmed with donated clothing and household goods.  Donations can be directed to the relevant organisation in their state:

  • The Victorian Bushfire Appeal;
  • The NSW Fire Service; or 
  • The State Emergency Relief Fund (SA)
Emerging Minds: Community Trauma Toolkit
This toolkit contains resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It will help you understand some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts.

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.
Current Job Vacancies
There are currently no job vacancies available.
12th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium Website Launch

The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, are delighted to announce the launch of the 12th annual Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium. The 2020 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium focuses on advancing mental health care for rural and remote communities, with a vision to overcome the challenges of mental health accessibility. The symposium will be held from Monday 26 October - Wednesday 28 October 2020 at The National Convention Centre Canberra. For more information visit their website:

Upcoming Events and conferences


eHealth@Sydney 2020

11th February, 2020

The University of Sydney

Charles Perkins Centre, Lecture Theatre
John Hopkins Dr, Camperdown NSW 2006

Universities Australia Conference 2020

25-27 February 2020

National Convention Centre in Canberra

MARCH 2020  

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference

30 March - 1 April 2020

Mantra Legends, Gold Coast

2020 New Zealand Mental Health Conference

16th - 17th March 2020

Christchurch, New Zealand

WA Rural Health Conference 2020

21- 22 March 2020

Pan Pacific Perth

MAY 2020  

SPA 2020 National Conference

24 – 27 May 2020

Darwin Convention Centre, NT

7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium:
Shaping the future

25-26 May 2020

Alice Springs Convention Centre, NT

JUNE 2020  

Associations Forum National Conference

22-23 June 2020

Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane

OT Exchange 2020

22-23 June 2020

Crown Promenade Melbourne

JULY 2020  

21st International Mental Health Conference

29-31 July 2020

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, QLD

HIC 2020

27-29 July 2020

Brisbane, QLD

AUGUST 2020  

The 2020 Workplace Mental Health Symposium

31 August-1 September 2020

Hilton, Brisbane, QLD1


OCTOBER 2020  

38th CRANAplus Conference

14-16 October 2020

QT, Canberra, ACT

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