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The SARRAH Board is pleased to welcome 2 new Board members elected at our AGM today.
Lisa Baker - is a rural speech pathologist/rural allied and community health team leader.
Leigh Burton - has worked as a Rural Physiotherapist for 8 years, and now represents a diverse professional and geographically challenged team of Rural Allied Health clinicians.

The Board also welcomes back, Narelle Campbell Honorary Treasurer, Julie Hulcombe and Lauren Gale.

Members of the SARRAH Board are as follows;
Rob Curry - President
Narelle Campbell - Hon Treasurer
Julie Hulcombe - Director
Lauren Gale - Director
Kim Bulkeley - Director
Matt Thomas - Director
Edward Johnson - Director
Lisa Baler - Director
Leigh Burton - Director
SARRAH Staff member Anna Moran trying out her new wheels for the next 4 weeks. She is excited to have room in the basket for lots of esentials including having room for her knitting. There are also side clasps for her crutches, but best by far is the 4WD capability for rural access.
We wish you a quick recovery Anna and hope you are back on your feet soon.
Department of Veterans Affairs
Three major reports from the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme were released, providing the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), and the broader health community, a better understanding of the health concerns of current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.
  1. The National suicide monitoring of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel: 2019 update.
  2. Use of homelessness services by contemporary ex-serving ADF members: 2011-17.
  3. Medications dispensed to contemporary ex-serving Australian Defence Force members 2017-18.
These reports were commissioned by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to gain a better understanding of some of the challenges faced by the serving and ex-serving community.
Closing on the 30 November
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
Other News

$20 million for research grants into ovarian cancer opened yesterday - Ovarian cancer is estimated to be the tenth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women and currently has no reliable early detection screening test. The $20 million in funding will be provided through the Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative.

A nation’s shame: 5,233 assaults in aged care in just one year - A report on the operation of federal aged care laws tabled in parliament on Wednesday found 4443 of the assault reports were alleged or suspected unreasonable use of force, with 739 alleged or suspected unlawful sexual contact, and 51 as both.

Body image concerns need national response for young Australians - For the eighth year in a row, young Australians have rated body image issues as one of the top four concerns in Mission Australia’s National Youth survey. This year’s survey has found that at least in 1 in 4 young people have serious body image concerns, while other mental health issues such as coping with stress and school or study problems also had high ratings.

Report - Maternal deaths in Australia - From 2008 to 2017, there were 248 women reported to have died during pregnancy or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy and a maternal mortality rate of 6.7 deaths per 100,000 women giving birth. These deaths are reviewed in this report along with contextual information for maternal deaths in Australia since 2008.

Select Senate Committee for Autism Established - On 27 November 2019, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Autism to inquire into and report on the services, support and life outcomes for autistic people. The committee is to present its final report on or before the first sitting day of October 2021.

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
Allied Health Team Leader - Allied Health Western, Allied Health Division, Location negotiable, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. Are you a conscientious and caring Allied Health Team Leader who can provide leadership and direction to the Allied Health team, Western?

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.
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