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The final report from the National Rural Health Commissioner on the Improvement of Access, Quality and Distribution of Allied Health Services in Regional, Rural and Remote Australia has been released today.  The report is a culmination of two years of consultations with the Allied Health Sector on issues and challenges impacting on access to services for rural and remote Australians.  The four overarching recommendations include:

  • The establishment of so-called "service and learning consortia" across rural and remote Australia, supported by new and existing program funding. Service and Learning Consortia will consist of local private, public and not for profit service providers, training providers, and community representatives collaborating across multi-town and multi-sector networks, according to community need.
  • The investment in strategies to increase the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the allied health workforce. Two strategies recommended are: further expansion of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy model to all Australian jurisdictions; and the creation of a Leaders in Indigenous Allied Health Training and Education Network.
  • The Commonwealth should develop a National Allied Health Data Strategy, including building a geospatial Allied Health Minimum Dataset that incorporates comprehensive rural and remote allied health workforce data.
  • The appointment of a dedicated full-time Chief Allied Health Officer (CAHO) to work across sectors and departments including health, mental health, disability, aged care, early childhood, education and training, justice, and social services. The CAHO will work with relevant peak bodies and consumer advisory groups to ensure equity of access to high quality allied health services for all rural and remote communities.

While we haven't yet had an opportunity to dissect the report in detail, an initial skim of the content suggests that the recommendations are founded on well-considered and solid principles, reflecting the deep commitment, care and attention to detail that Professor Worley has brought to his consultations.  In particular, we applaud Professor Worley's approach in giving precedence to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the allied health workforce and the comprehensive delivery of culturally safe and responsive services as key recommendations.   Whatever ensues in the implementation of these recommendations, enabling and facilitating a skilled Aboriginal Health workforce and improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities should remain a top priority.

Stay well, everyone.

New places available for our free webinar: Allied health student supervision for telehealth placements
Our webinar sold out in record time and we have had a flood of emails from people who are very keen to attend. We have upgraded our online room so that no one has to miss out. Please book your tickets here. Registrations close on Sunday so get in quick to secure your place. The webinar is running live Tuesday June 23rd at 3pm. The recording will be available afterwards for SARRAH members. 
Dr Tracy Westerman Training & Cultural Competency Intervention Programs
Indigenous Psychological Services are running training workshops in the Capital Cities and Townsville between October and November. The IPS are running a 'Mental Health Assessment and Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal Communities' and 'Cultural Competency for Supervisors Workshop.' For further information visit their website here and here.
SARRAH Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway
COVID-19 has fundamentally changed how we do business and highlighted how allied health can adapt to thrive. An Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway grant can support you in recruiting or retaining an early career professional to future-proof your business by capability in emerging areas like telehealth. The overarching goal of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway strategy (AHRGP strategy) is to improve health outcomes for rural and remote consumers through increasing access to a highly skilled allied health workforce and enhancing opportunities for multi-disciplinary care in rural healthcare teams. Applying is simple and will help you put the right foot forward in this new era. Visit to learn more and apply.
Current Job Vacancies
Specialist Mental Health Worker - Senior - Katherine NT
NT Health require an experienced mental health worker to provide community mental health assessment, treatment, counselling and case management services for people experiencing acute and chronic dysfunction associated with mental illness or mental disorder in a community and remote setting. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Occupational Therapist - Senior - Gayndah QLD
Rural Allied & Community Health, Gayndah Community Health An exciting opportunity is currently available for an experienced Occupational Therapist - Senior to join Gayndah Community Health, within the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Occupational Therapist - Allied Health Rural Generalist Position - Albury NSW
My Word Speech Therapy is expanding their service to include Occupational Therapy services and have an exciting new position that includes training in rural allied health. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Team Leader - PATCHES Therapy Services - Northern Territory
PATCHES Therapy Services is seeking a motivated Team Leader to join and drive their Darwin-based team. PATCHES consists of a transdisciplinary team extensively supported by diagnostic services and clinical administrative staff. Services are delivered to NDIS, private and justice system participants. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Senior Clinical Podiatrist - Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network - SA
The Senior Clinical Podiatrist is an experienced clinician who applies significant clinical and leadership expertise to the development, delivery and continuous improvement of quality Podiatry services appropriate to the rural and remote context. For more information, follow the link to our website.

Physiotherapist – Katherine Physio - Katherine
Rural Workforce Agency Northern Territory (RWA NT) are partnering with Katherine Physio to find a Physiotherapist to join their passionate Katherine based team. Katherine Physio is a community based practice who work hard to educate their patients on their condition and empower them with the tools to assist self-management. For more information visit our website.

Occupational Therapist - Top End Health Service - Darwin/Palmerston
Provision and co-ordination of clinical Occupational Therapy (OT) Services at the Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) and Palmerston Regional Hospital as well as specific leadership, supervision/mentorship and education to directly reporting staff, as well as other professionals within their own team and/or across disciplines throughout the Top End Health Service (TEHS). Advanced clinical experience in any of the following areas, Paediatrics, Hand Therapy, or Surgical. For more information visit our website.

SARRAH Telehealth Community of Practice

As remote working becomes the new norm, telehealth is more popular than ever. SARRAH is ready to support allied health professionals navigate telehealth. To find further info or join our SARRAH Telehealth Community of Practice email or visit our dedicated telehealth resource page here.
The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is running a series of webinars for practitioners; visit their website for further details.
COVID-19 and Resources for Older Adults
The following resources have been forwarded to SARRAH to assist older adults financially through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Retirement Insecurity during COVID
Financial Assistance for Home Improvement for Older Adults
Seniors and Financial Hardship
COVID-19 Information for Older Adults

Webinar recording of "Experiences and Outcomes of Rural Generalist Trainees in QLD, NSW and TAS" now available!

On Thursday 19 March a group of Allied Health Rural Generalist trainees presented summaries of their service development projects. You can catch the recording here

Upcoming Events and conferences 

OT Exchange 2020
22-23 June 2020
Online Conference
HIC 2020
19-21 October 2020
Brisbane, QLD
21st International Mental Health Conference
12-14 November 2020
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, QLD
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference
25 - 27 November 2020
Mantra Legends, Gold Coast
Associations Forum National Conference
30 November - 1 December 2020
Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane
The 2020 Workplace Mental Health Symposium
Hilton, Brisbane, QLD1
7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium:
Shaping the future

Alice Springs Convention Centre, NT
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