Meet Our Board

Current SARRAH Board members

SARRAH President

Lisa is a certified practising speech pathologist with experience as a leader of rural allied health professionals. Lisa’s current position is a conjoint role with Queensland Health’s South West Hospital and Health Service and the region’s rural university department health, Southern Queensland Rural Health as the allied health interprofessional clinical educator.

Lisa has a Masters in Remote Health management and a clinical graduate certificate in rural health. She has been involved in telehealth research, managing allied health rural generalists and building capacity for our future workforce. Living and working in rural areas, Lisa is passionate about innovative approaches to make a difference for rural and remote allied health professionals and through them, the communities we strive to serve.
Alison Dymmott
SARRAH Vice President

Alison Dymmott is an occupational therapy lecturer, placement education coordinator and researcher at Flinders University. She has predominantly worked clinically in rural areas of South Australia in a range of leadership roles including state-wide project management and policy development. She has specialist skills in rural generalism, paediatrics, rehabilitation and acute care.

Alison’s research interests are in rural health workforce and occupational therapy evidence-based practice. She is currently undertaking her PhD in conjunction with SA Health around rural allied health workforce strategies, specifically the impact of the rural generalist pathway. She has extensive experience educating occupational therapy students and supporting students and educators on placement, she is particularly passionate about co-designing clinical placements that are mutually beneficial for all stakeholders.

Julie Hulcombe

Dr Julie Hulcombe PSM, PhD is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). She had an extensive career with Queensland Health (QH) and was the Chief Allied Health Officer, Department of Health, Queensland for 11 years until September 2018. During her time in this position, Julie led workforce projects to improve rural and remote services including the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway in QH and has been a long-time supporter of SARRAH.

She is a past President of the Dietetic Association of Australia (DAA) and has been the Chair of the DAA Dietetic Credentialing Council and the National Allied Health Advisors Committee. Julie has been a SARRAH Board Director since January 2019. She is presently the jurisdictional representative of the National Disability Insurance Agency, Pricing Reference Advisory Group. Julie has been a member of the Dietitians Australia, Dietetic and Nutritionist Regulatory Council since 2021.
Lauren Gale

Having grown up in rural NSW, Lauren has a long held passion for rural health matters. Lauren believes that the improvement in the distribution, support for allied health professionals and innovation in service delivery is a critical element in seeking to improve the health of rural Australians.

Lauren is currently the Director of Policy & Programs for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, a position she has held since 2013. She previously held a range of policy adviser positions, primarily in the health portfolio, in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. From these professional roles Lauren established a sound understanding of government processes, the role of not-for-profit organisations and the challenges of delivering health services in rural and remote areas.

Lauren’s recent experience in the governance of not-for-profit organisations includes as the Chair of the Board of the Women's Centre for Health Matters (ACT) and as President of the Board of Netball ACT. She is also a current member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women.

Michael Clarkson

Michael is a driven and experienced Accounting and Finance professional, who is currently working in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory division in Perth, WA. With over 10 years’ of professional services experience, Michael excels in fostering relationships with executive leadership teams and boards in complex and dynamic periods for their organisation, in order to help drive them towards their intended goals.

Michael specialises in organisational strategy, financial performance and program management. He has delivered a number of significant transactions, supporting separation/ integration program planning, management and execution, strategy development and operational improvement. Michael has worked with broad range of clients (including ASX listed entities, multinational organisations and government), across a variety of industry sectors.

Michael grew up in regional Western Australia, and regular spends time back in rural areas visiting family. He is passionate in advocating that those in rural and regional parts of Australia are afforded fair and reasonable access to high quality Allied Health services, similar to their counterparts in Australia's metropolitan areas.

Michael is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, and is a professional member of both ARITA and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Scott Gibbings

Scott is a Physiotherapist with 12 years of professional experience, predominantly spent in the acute hospital setting in Perth, WA. He is now based in Launceston, working with the Tasmanian Health Service as the Statewide Consultant – Allied Health Workforce Recruitment & Development. The role acknowledges that having skilled and supported staff in situ is a critical factor in improving healthcare accessibility and outcomes for our rural and remote populations. In the role he works with the Allied Health leaders across the state public health services to improve Allied Health services through the optimisation of position occupancy and staff growth and development. Prior to this, he served as the Physiotherapy Services Manager at a large sub-tertiary hospital in Perth’s Northern Suburbs.

Scott was born and raised in a small dairy and beef farming community in South-West WA, where his parents are still based. Never short on advice, they provide additional perspectives on the contemporary issues faced by the rural population, and what should be done about them! Scott seeks out that connection to community in both his professional and personal life and strives to improve the lives of those around him, especially those who experience disadvantage. He has completed a Master of Health Management at UNSW, and a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health at Monash University.

Jack Seaton

Jack Seaton is an experienced physiotherapist who has worked across a broad range of clinical settings within the public and private health sectors in metropolitan, regional, rural, and remote areas since graduating from The University of Newcastle in 2015. In 2020, Jack transitioned into academia where he was employed as a Lecturer in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University (JCU), Townsville. In this capacity, Jack made a significant contribution to the design, delivery and coordination of innovative public health curriculum for undergraduate allied health students. Always up for a new challenge, Jack recently moved to Newcastle and commenced work with the New South Wales Office of Responsible Gambling as a Senior Project Officer, managing various education and awareness projects aimed at preventing and reducing harm from gambling in at-risk populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Jack holds an adjunct appointment at JCU, where he remains involved in research that focuses on addressing the barriers to accessing health and disability services in rural and remote Australia. Jack currently serves on the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s National Rural Advisory Council and the Scientific Committee for the 15th National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference to be held in Mildura, Victoria in 2024.

Laura Stuart

Laura is a Physiotherapist with 11 years of professional experience working across both public health and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services sectors. Laura is passionate about ensuring equitable access to health services for all community members, with a focus on those living in remote and very remote locations. She has been involved in strengthening amputee rehabilitation services, developing Allied Health telehealth services, and in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programs, all of which have been informed by community engagement.

Working in the Northern Territory for an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, Laura is on a continual journey in unlearning and re-learning ways to provide culturally responsive services, guided by Aboriginal governance, Cultural Leaders, and community members. More recently, she has been working in the Health Policy team, preparing submissions to Parliamentary Inquiries, informed by the lived experience of community members.

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