SARRAH National Conference
for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals


“It takes a village to raise a child” is a traditional African proverb and the theme for the 2016 SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals.

What if our “child” is rural and remote health outcomes and thriving communities?

In rural and remote life and work, our “village” has never been more important than it is today. We live in a rapidly evolving environment and we are faced with a myriad of both challenges and opportunities each day. Navigating these changes can be daunting – collaboration, innovation, partnerships and supports are necessary to prepare our communities for a vibrant, sustainable future.

A village approach implies that there is shared responsibility and that people work together and contribute in ways that are consistent with their strengths, skills and abilities.

It takes a village to have necessary tough conversations, to disagree and to problem solve in ways that are inclusive.

At the 2016 SARRAH National Conference, delegates will have the opportunity to explore how this village approach can be applied to rural and remote health outcomes.  

SARRAH 2016 Organising Committee

The SARRAH 2016 Organising Committee acknowledges and respects the Aboriginal sovereign owners as the traditional custodians of the ancestral land we live, work and travel upon. We respect their spiritual relationship with Country and the deep feelings of attachment to the land. We acknowledge the continuing importance of their cultural and heritage beliefs today. We pay our respect to the Elders past and present. We would like to also acknowledge those who no longer know where home is due to the assimilation policies of the past.


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The conference is hosted by the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH).

SARRAH is nationally recognised as the peak body representing rural and remote allied health professionals (AHPs) working in the public and private sector. SARRAH develops and provides services for AHPs to confidently and competently carry out their professional duties in providing a range of clinical and health education services to people who reside in these settings.
SARRAH’s representation comes from a range of allied health professions including but not limited to: Audiology, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Oral Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Speech Pathology.  AHPs are critical for the management of their clients’ health needs, particularly in relation to chronic disease and complex care needs.
SARRAH recognise AHP’s as tertiary qualified health professionals who apply their clinical skills to diagnose, assess, treat, manage and prevent illness and injury.
SARRAH maintains that every Australian should have access to equitable health services wherever they live and that allied health professional services are basic and fundamental to the well-being of all Australians.

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