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SARRAH NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2022

This year’s theme – People, Purpose Passion: Pathways to Success with the sub-themes of Growing and Sustaining the Rural Allied Health Workforce, Strengthening Partnerships, and Leading Change will provide collaborative opportunities for people live in rural and remote areas and work in allied health sector offering the chance to share knowledge, perspectives, and best practices.

 

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  •  CEO RE-APPOINTMENT A POSITIVE FOR RURAL ALLIED HEALTH WHEN CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACHES, EXPERTISE AND REFORM ARE NEEDED

    Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), the peak body for allied health professionals working in rural and remote Australia, is pleased to announce SARRAH CEO, Cath Maloney, has been re-appointed for a further three years.


    SARRAH president, Dr Ed Johnson, said:

    “I am pleased to announce Cath Maloney will continue to lead SARRAH for a further three years. Cath’s re-appointment reinforces the stability and expertise SARRAH brings to our work to improve access to allied health services for the 7 million people living in rural and remote Australia. We are well placed to represent our members and advocate for much needed health, disability, aged care and other services for rural and remote Australians.”


    Ms Maloney said she was delighted to have been reappointed and proud of what SARRAH has accomplished over the past three years. “SARRAH is implementing a nationally significant workforce development project that is growing the number of allied health rural generalists – physiotherapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and the like - delivering primary care services across rural and remote Australia. We are also working to increase the reach and capacity of allied health professionals by developing the assistant workforce needed to support them. Both of these projects – funded by the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care - are providing much-needed infrastructure and training supports to service providers working in areas where the need is greatest.

    Read full media release here 

  • Meeting 3 -  Communique

    The third meeting of the Primary and Community Healthcare Advisory Committee (the Committee) was held at 1:00pm AEST on 16 August 2022 via videoconference.
    The meeting was chaired by Margaret Banks, Director, National Standards Program, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission).
    Substantive items discussed during the meeting included:

    • Healthcare Variation
    • Measurement and Quality Improvement
    • Implementation of the National Safety and Quality Primary and Community Healthcare Standards
    • Improving Stakeholder Experience

    Read full Communique here 

  • “Providing NDIS participants with the allied health services they need has been an ongoing challenge for the scheme,” said Cath Maloney, CEO of Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health. “Children with developmental disorders are waiting up to two years to access therapeutic services. The consequences of this delay can mean lifelong challenges for those children. Many thousands of families are being affected, across Australia, but especially in rural and remote areas. It is completely at odds with what the NDIS is meant to deliver.” Read more 

SARRAH National Conference 2022

SARRAH NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2022 This year’s theme – People, Purpose Passion: Pathways to Success with the sub-themes of Growing and Sustaining the Rural Allied Health Workforce, Strengthening Partnerships, and Leading Change will provide collaborative opportunities for people live in rural and remote areas and work in allied health sector offering the chance to share knowledge, perspectives, and best practices.

SARRAH National Conference 2022