Member Profile of Michael Bishop, Queensland

Michael is one of the founding members of SARRAH, and the only member to be given life membership. We have passionalte allied health professionals like Michael, to thank for the wonderful organisation that is SARRAH.

The Essentials:

Your Name Michael Bishop
Your Profession/Study Occupational Therapy
Your Location Emerald, QLD
SARRAH Member Since Founding Member


The Questions:

1. What are you most passionate about?

Rural and Remote healthcare in Australia.

2. What is your best way to de-stress after a busy day?

Swimming and my art.

3. Do you have any other corporate skills or experience?

Currently CEO of a magnificent primary health care service, although I am also known as an Allied Health Manager and Leader and a child and family safety advocatee.

4. How rural/remote have you been?

I have been rural, very rural, remote and very remote thanks to SRAAH members and their generosity and helping understand.

5. Have you always practiced rurally? And if so, for how long?

I haven’t always practiced rurally having spent some time in the cities working and studying but since 1990 I have spent most of my time living and working in the bush.

6. What is the weirdest word you use every day in your field of work?

#BIGRURAL at the moment.

7. What is your hidden talent or skill outside of work?

I am a very ordinary person, but I do like cooking!

8. What is the most rewarding thing you done?

Firstly: founded SARRAH and Secondly: got a Human Rights Award for destigmatising mental illness.

9. Where is your favourite place in the world?

Falmouth in Tasmania: 15 kilometres of deserted beach bordering a national park where seals, and whales outnumber people ten to one.

10. Lastly, why is allied health important?

Allied to each other and Allied to the communities we serve.  When we started out we were called the para-medical professions.


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Member profile: April 2019