Making a Difference

SARRAH exists so that Rural and Remote Australian communities have Allied Health services that support equitable and sustainable health and well-being.




Member support enables SARRAH to deliver landmark projects such as establishing an evidence base for the economic impact of allied health interventions.

Standard Membership


Corporate members strengthens SARRAH's voice and contributes to making a difference by giving a voice to allied health professionals to shape health policy.

Corporate Membership

Latest News

  • “Providing NDIS participants with the allied health services they need has been an ongoing challenge for the scheme,” said Cath Maloney, CEO of Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health. “Children with developmental disorders are waiting up to two years to access therapeutic services. The consequences of this delay can mean lifelong challenges for those children. Many thousands of families are being affected, across Australia, but especially in rural and remote areas. It is completely at odds with what the NDIS is meant to deliver.” Read more 

  • Gemma Tuxworth writes: Six days ago, on 12 May, we saw a rare acknowledgement of the difficulties Australians face accessing essential allied health services. An ABC report shone a light on the need for more occupational therapists and speech pathologists.

    At SARRAH we know this is a mere snapshot of endemic shortages in allied health professionals and service access across Australia. And, if you live in a regional, rural or remote community that access is harder and, too often, non-existent.


  • Gemma Tuxworth, SARRAH’s acting CEO, explains: “Skilled allied health professionals - the second largest group of health professionals nationally – lead jobs demand yet they are all but ignored by policy makers. This is unfathomable given existing shortages and the findings of the Aged Care and Disability Royal Commissions that identified this workforce is critical to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable Australians.”

    Read the full media release here 

SARRAH National Conference 2022

SARRAH NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2022 This year’s theme – People, Purpose Passion: Pathways to Success with the sub-themes of Growing and Sustaining the Rural Allied Health Workforce, Strengthening Partnerships, and Leading Change will provide collaborative opportunities for people live in rural and remote areas and work in allied health sector offering the chance to share knowledge, perspectives, and best practices.

SARRAH National Conference 2022