SARRAH Webinars and Courses

All recordings of past SARRAH webinars can be accessed via the member resources tab.


Past Webinars and Courses:

Why We Need A Revolution

Pain Revolutions' Local Pain Educators will discuss how this program has transformed the way they manage chronic pain for rural Australians. Pain Revolution is a movement charged with changing how people understand pain in rural and regional communities in Australia. The team at Pain Revolution is providing support and mentoring to local rural health professionals to become pain experts and spread the word in their community. Chronic pain is a huge burden that we can do something about, we know enough now about recovery and we can do something about it if we flip the way we think about and understand pain with a whole of community approach. Since 2018 Pain Revolution has provided scholarships to rural health professionals including GPs and allied health professionals to refine their knowledge and skills in managing chronic pain. In this webinar we have assembled a panel of scholarship recipients who will tell their stories about how being part of Pain Revolutions' Local Pain Educator Program has changed the way they manage chronic pain.

SARRAH Expert Panel Discussion

SARRAH is very excited to announce that our next webinar will be run in association with our Annual General Meeting on 26 November 2020 and will feature the Hon. Mark Coulton MP (Minister for Regional Health), Assoc. Professor Ruth Stewart (National Rural Health Commissioner) and Dr Anne-marie Boxall (National Chief Allied Health Officer) as special guests!

We’ll be discussing the future of rural health in a Q&A-style format, covering topics ranging from economic recovery to growing the rural allied health workforce and the future of primary healthcare in rural and remote Australia.


An Expert Panel Discussion - The Value of Allied Health

How do we advocate for the important role that allied health play in our healthcare system and community? Please join our celebration of allied health professionals day with an expert panel discussing how to sell the value of allied health. Panel members include Professor Lorimer Moseley, Professor Susan Nancarrow, Dr Ianthe Boden, Ms Catherine Maloney and Dr Anna Moran (facilitator). Further information and registration can be found here.

Australian rural aged care workforce: precarity and capacity
The precarity of the aged care sector has recently and abruptly surfaced to become the subject of intense public scrutiny. The incapacity of this sector to consistently deliver appropriate levels of care follow many rounds of reform that have ultimately landed care and the business of providing it within a ‘quasi’ market model. The many covid-19 related deaths of aged care residents in Victoria have triggered demands for urgent action to redress the sector’s weaknesses particularly those relating to workforce adequacy. This webinar will present findings from a recent study led by Sue Hodgkin in conjunction with aged care providers operating across a large rural part of Victoria. The webinar will focus on the impact of rural locations on care provision, and significantly on the capacity to maintain an appropriately skilled workforce. Demographic factors and funding shortfalls for consumers with high level and complex care needs underscore the need for strategic planning to ensure workforce adequacy into the future. Encouragingly, the data showcase the many capacities of rural aged services in partnership with university providers to develop effective strategies relative to recruitment and retention of direct care workers. The webinar will be on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM AEST and tickets can be found here.

Benefits of Delivering Positive Behaviour Support via Telepractice - Dr Genevieve Johnsson
Technology delivered intervention has been used successfully in allied health services for speech pathology, adult autism assessment, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy. There is emerging research on its use for delivering behaviour support interventions based on applied behaviour analysis, however investigation is needed on the use of technology to deliver the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) model of intervention. PBS is adopted by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and focusses on building capacity in individuals, their families and local support teams to prevent and manage behaviours of concern. Aspect is currently delivering a clinical trial of PBS delivered via tele-practice (Tele-PBS) in regional and remote areas of Australia. This presentation discussed the delivery of PBS by allied health practitioners under the NDIS, current policy and evidence to support the delivery of PBS via telepractice, adaptations of a comprehensive model of PBS for telepractice, and lessons learnt from our research on Tele-PBS so far.

Transform your approach to service planning (an introduction) - Dr Anna Moran
Have you got an idea for your allied health service but don't know where to start? Have you got a new service or model of care that you think could work better but are struggling to conceptualise it? Or perhaps you are planning to re-design parts of your rural allied health service or business but need some help to get started? Over the 4 weeks you will have live presentations and work through online content with Anna, she will share with you what she has learned over her years of research and practice. Anna understands the pressure rural practitioners are under and how they are committed to their community but sometimes just need the right place to start.

Allied Health Utilisation Findings from the Crossroads-II Study - Dr Kristen Glenister
Tuesday 29 June 2020
Data from studies like Crossroads-II can be used to advocate for additional allied health services to meet the needs of rural communities. Findings from Crossroads-I were used to advocate for increased numbers of allied health professionals from one at a particular rural hospital to 11 at the time of Crossroads-II. Allied health utilisation results from the Crossroads-II study capture allied health services subsidised by Medicare or private health insurance, as well as services paid for 'out of pocket', and thus provides a unique insight. For example; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures for 2017-2018 report that 3% of Australians received Medicare subsidised physiotherapy services in that financial year, whereas 18% of Crossroads-II respondents had received physiotherapy services in the past 12 months, likely via Medicare subsidy, private health insurance or paid 'out of pocket'.

Allied health student supervision for telehealth placements
Tuesday 23 June 2020
COVID-19 has required us all to be agile and flexible in service delivery and also to enable Allied Health (AH) student placements to proceed. We all want the rural ‘pipeline’ to continue to flow to support our AH rural workforce. In this current time, placement experiences may differ from traditional placements but they can still be valuable learning opportunities for students. A telehealth (TH) based student placement is one method to enable placements to continue during COVID-19. And in fact we might discover that TH is such a good option for service delivery for our rural and regional clients, and also provides excellent learning opportunities for our AH students, that we continue using post COVID! Many of the aspects of student supervision for a TH based placement, are no different to supervision of a traditional, pre-COVID, face to face placement. This webinar will explore considerations for best practice in supervising Allied Health students using telehealth as a mode of service delivery during placements (both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond).

The Social Determinants of Attracting, Building and Retaining a Rural/Remote Health Workforce: Findings From My 2019 Churchill Fellowship Trip Dr Cath Cosgrave
Thursday 14 May
Dr Cosgrave is a social scientist with internationally recognised expertise in rural health workforce (recruitment and retention). Her research specialisation is rural health workforce recruitment and retention of nursing and allied health professionals; sub-specialisations include early-career and health professionals from non-rural backgrounds. In 2018, Dr Cosgrave was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, to visit rural and remote communities in Canada to investigate community-led and engaged health workforce development approaches for the psychosocial needs of newcomer health workers. Since completing her PhD in 2016, she has been working as a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health and as an independent management consultant in rural health services and workforce planning. Dr Cosgrave has developed a ‘Whole-of-Person Retention Improvement Framework’ outlining supports for improving job and life satisfaction. Dr Cosgrave has recently completed a two-year partnership project with two rural Victorian public-health services working to support improved retention of their allied health workforce; she is currently writing up the study.

The Fragile Forgotten - The Experience of Providing and Receiving Services Under the NDIS in Rural Australia Dr Luke Wakely
Tuesday 7 April
Dr Luke Wakely is a senior lecturer in physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. As an APA titled paediatric physiotherapist with 20 years of clinical experience in rural Australia, he is passionate about addressing health inequity for rural communities in particular children and their families. His research focuses on the parenting of children with health issues or disability and the particular needs of rural families.

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Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness: What’s my role and responsibility? Presented by Dr Michelle Villeneuve

30 October 2019 - Presented By Dr Michelle Villeneuve
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Dr Michelle Villeneuve leads the Disability-Inclusive Community Development
work stream at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of

Michelle has over 20 years of experience working in regions of conflict and natural hazard disaster to develop community-led programs and services and re-build opportunities for people with disability (including those with disability acquired by human conflict and natural disaster). She leads research in Australia on Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR).


Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme

This FREE webinar held on the 3 October 2019 provided an overview of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme (AHRGWES).

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Strategies for increasing allied health recruitment and retention in rural Australia

23 July 2019 - Presented by Dr Kristine Battye
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Dr Kristine Battye is the Managing Director of KBC Australia a public policy consulting firm with specific expertise in needs assessment, program and service planning and evaluations in rural, remote and regional areas. Kristine is an applied researcher, tailoring methodology to the real world requirements for program evaluation, needs assessments, service modelling at national, state and regional levels. Kristine has a consulting portfolio of over 120 projects and had the opportunity to work across much of rural and remote Australia.