SARRAH National Conference
for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals
The modern healthcare landscape is undergoing massive and rapid changes that impact on both health professionals and the people who use the health system. Changes are driven by people’s needs, technological development, research outcomes, workforce availability, political stances, policy frameworks and fiscal priorities. At the same time, health services in rural and remote areas are situated in ancient geographical landscapes that are ever changing as a result of human influence and natural events. The delivery of services by allied health professionals is underpinned by the drive to improve quality of life and quality of services.
The SARRAH conference theme ‘Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives‘ will explore change in the following areas:
- Training and professional development
- Needs of Specific consumers or consumer groups
- Service delivery models
- Policy development, implementation and impact
- Clinical practices and service delivery
- Health economics and financing
- Community engagement
- Rural generalism
- Interprofessional practice, training, education
- Cross cultural service provision
- Aboriginal health
- Technology and digital health systems
The SARRAH 2018 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.
Pocket Program Sponsor
Name Badge Sponsor
People for six places come together for ceremonies in the middle
Patricia Ansell Dodds
Aunty Pat is a Central Arrernte and Anmatjere Elder, painter, lecturer and traditional healer from Undoolya in Alice Springs. Pat’s work depicts women, wild bush foods, ceremonies and the use of symbols. She is a member of the Stolen Generation who has managed to retain strong links to her family and community. Pat currently leads walking tours in and around Alice Springs, sharing stories of each location, as well as working for Flinders University as a lecturer in Indigenous History, winning a Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 for her role in cultural orientation. Pat’s work is currently on 12 months display on the sails of the Sydney Opera House as part of the Badu Gillli experience.
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.
SARRAH Conference Venue
Darwin Convention Centre
Stokes Hill Rd
Darwin City NT 0800
Set in a stunning tropical waterfront location, the spectacular Darwin Convention Centre is a world class venue for business events. With close access to Asia, year round tropical weather and unique Top End experiences, Darwin Convention Centre offers an event experience like no other.