Current SARRAH Board members
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.
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 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 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.
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.