SARRAH, established in 1995, is a grassroots’ organisation advocating on behalf of rural and remote Australian communities in order for them to have access to allied health services which support equitable and sustainable health and well-being.
SARRAH is also nationally recognised as the peak body representing rural and remote allied health professionals (AHPs) working in the public and private sector. SARRAH develops and provides services for AHPs to confidently and competently carry out their professional duties in providing a range of clinical and health education services to people who reside in these settings.
SARRAH’s representation comes from a range of allied health professions including but not limited to: Audiology, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Oral Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Speech Pathology. AHPs are critical for the management of their clients’ health needs, particularly in relation to chronic disease and complex care needs.
SARRAH recognise AHP’s as tertiary qualified health professionals who apply their clinical skills to diagnose, assess, treat, manage and prevent illness and injury.
SARRAH maintains that every Australian should have access to equitable health services wherever they live and that allied health professional services are basic and fundamental to the well-being of all Australians.