Why Should You Become a Member of SARRAH

SARRAH is a national multidisciplinary member association, supporting allied health professionals to improve health outcomes in rural and remote communities throughout Australia. SARRAH has been operating for 20 years and is the only peak body fully focused on rural and remote allied health working across all disciplines.

Member support enables SARRAH to deliver landmark projects such as establishing an evidence base for the economic impact of allied health interventions. For example, Members supported a research project managed by SARRAH that identified $175m per annum of health budget savings if people with Diabetes, Stroke and Osteoarthritis receive one of the idenfied allied health interventions. Beyond landmark projects, SARRAH leads innovation in integrating allied health professions, systems and policies along with supporting workforce readiness and best practice in a rural context. This enhances community access to allied health services. 

Our diverse membership includes allied health professionals and students, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, community organisations, educational institutions and people with an interest in rural and remote allied health. As a member you enjoy a range of benefits which are detailed below. 

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Individual Member Benefits

Individuals who become a member of SARRAH receive the following benefits:

  • Full voting rights
  • Eligibility for election to the board of committees
  • Discounted access to professional activities
  • Access to SARRAH publications
  • Subscription to the Australian Journal of Rural Health through the SARRAH website
  • Access to state and professional networks
  • Opportunities to join working groups
  • Gain awareness of key issues in the sector
  • Receive support when working in rural and remote communities across Australia
  • Access to a strong peer support network
  • Opportunity to develop personally and professionally through leadership roles
  • 20% discount to advertise positions vacant on the SARRAH website and e-bulletins (Only applies to individual members who work in small practices of less than 20 employees in the private sector)

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Corporate Member Benefits

Corporate members strengthens SARRAH's voice and contributes to making a difference by giving a voice to allied health professionals to shape health policy and programs that address the needs of people in the bush. This includes running programs that enhance the accessibility and performance of the allied health sector. SARRAH has established a two tiered corporate membership category so organisations of different sizes can contribute to enhancing rural and remote allied health services. In addition to supporting rural and remote allied health, as a corporate member you will receive the following benefits and collaborative opportunities: 

  • Contribute your organisations perspective to SARRAH submissions, position and policy
  • Support SARRAH’s advocacy functions with a view to raising health matters and inequality in the delivery of allied health services to rural and remote communities with federal parliamentarians including Ministers
  • Attend SARRAH forums thatdesigned to bring industry, practitioners and researchers together to discuss key health topics
  • Participate in consultation processes involved in developing SARRAH’s research and evidence framework
  • Collaborate and work with other corporate partners and members to improve rural and remote allied health
  • Improve employee community engagement through participation in SARRAH initiatives
  • Engage and offer discounts on products and services to SARRAH members
  • Acknowledgement of contribution on the SARRAH website and in the Annual Report
  • Receive branding as a SARRAH corporate member across online and print communication
  • Discounted rates to attend events and advertise positions on the SARRAH website
  • Receive SARRAH communication and other information for distribution to staff
  • 20% discount on conference trade stands and online advertising

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State and Profession Based Committee Networks

When members join SARRAH they are automatically enrolled into a national or state based network and professional network which form the SARRAH advisory committee. The structure is as follows (Click image to enlarge):