Provisional Program

This program is provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds. Times may change in the final program. Please check this page regularly.

  Wednesday 17th September 2014
1530 Trade set up
1600 Registration open
  Network meeting times - contact SARRAH Secretariat to be allocated a meeting slot.
1800-1930 Welcome Function | Welcome to the Conference!
Conference Organising Committee & Conference Convenor
Mantra Pool Deck | Entertainment: Samba Blisstas - high impact noise to start the 2014 conference with a bang!
  Thursday 18th September 2014
0730 Registration & Trade
0830 Welcome to the Conference | Conference MC Gerry Gannon
0845 Opening Ceremony
Acknowledgment of Traditional Owners & Welcome, Aunty Jackie MacDonald
Welcome from SARRAH | SARRAH President - Tanya Lehmann
Message from Prime Minister Tony Abbott
0915-0945 Keynote Speaker 1 | Senator Deborah O'Neill, New South Wales
Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Health
0945-1030 Keynote Speaker 2 | The Bishop Address | Mr Luke Escombe
Chronic Symphonic - a musical patient journey
1030 Morning Tea
1100-1130 Keynote Speaker 3 | Ms Fiona Armstrong
Climate change, energy choices and health: implications for rural and remote communities
1130-1200 Keynote Speaker 4 | Mr Daniel Mahony
Riding the Tsunami- How will the Next Generation Cope?
1200-1245 Keynote Speaker 5 | Associate Professor John Stevens & Ms Mandy Nolan
Stand up for dementia
1245 Lunch
  Concurrent Session A
  Plantation 1
Rock Pools
Plantation 2
Tidal Zone
Plantation 3
Slip, Slop, Slap
Hang Ten
  Chair: Rob Curry Chair: Luke Wakely Chair: Ruth Chalk Chair: Gerry Gannon
1340 Recommendation Process Introduction

Oceans apart, yet connected: Findings from a qualitative study on professional supervision in rural and remote allied health services
Dr Wendy Ducat*, Priya Martin*, Dr Saravana Kumar, Vanessa Richardson, LuJuana Abernathy


Social work: adding value in rural hospitals
David Gould

Bright eyes and sun smiles: Giving country kids a brighter future at school
Cathryn Carboon*, Dr John Brabant, Kelly Gibbons

SPEED Project - Scope of physiotherapy extended in ED
Tania Cavanagh*, Donna Goodman, Desley Harvey, Rebecca Nieman



Clinical supervision of allied health professionals in Country South Australia: What works, what doesn't and what's promising
Kate Osborne*, Saravana Kumar, Tanya Lehmann, Brett Webster, Kim Clarke, Heather Franklin, Adrian Leet, Andrew Livingstone, Fiona Murray, Lydia Rofe, Michele Banks


Changing the tide for podiatry on Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Fiona Murray*, Bronwyn Venning*

Getting older does not mean you have to fall apart, you can PREVENT it: Tools that empower our community to keep healthy and prevent functional decline
Kathy Relihan

Implementing a transdisciplinary care model - health professionals' experiences of barriers and solutions
Marguerite Bennetts*, Doug Murtagh*


Ripples in the rock pool: Developing new resources to support the transition to rural and remote Allied Health practice
Annie Farthing*, Lois MacCullagh, Renae Moore, Nicole Beattie, Shelagh Lowe

Changing Tides: Clinicians' experience of implementing a shared competency, delegated practice framework in an allied health cancer care team
Lindsey Johnson*, Lenelle Cibau, Ilsa Nielsen, Cara Johnstone

Eating on the right track: Challenges of engaging young males in healthy eating
Gillian Woodward*, Loren Fullagar, Alarna McGovern, Thomas Paavola

Riding past the waves to discover new frontiers: An innovative interprofessional program in a regional health service
Matthew Newby*, Priya Martin*

1515 Afternoon Tea
  Concurrent Session B
  Plantation 1
Rock Pools
Plantation 2
Rock Pools
Plantation 3
Caught in the Rip
Hang Ten
  Chair: Kerstin McPherson Chair: Tracy Raymond Chair: Heather Jensen  
1545 Recommendation Process Introduction

Pharmacy students' rural career intentions
Amy Page, Dr Hanan Khalil, Mark Kirschbaum*


Creating student learning and social opportunities: Welcome to the student meeting space
A/Prof Kathryn Fitzgerald*, A/Prof Maeva Hall

Does the dietetic educator workforce have enough meat on its bones? A professional profile of the dietetic educators preparing Australia's future dietitians
Kate Morgan

Are you appy? An opportunity for health professionals to try out Aboriginal-specific e-social and emotional wellbeing apps
Darlene Rotumah*, A/Prof James Bennett-Levy*, Dr Judy Singer,Wendy Douglas, Michelle Sweet, Kylie Dingwall


Limited numbers - Book via registration.


Let's stop apologising: Rural clinical placements offer exceptional experiences; so how do we make them a placement of choice? Kelly Schulze

Turning burden into benefit: Using the student workforce to achieve quality improvement
Lindsey Johnson*, Amanda Mannes

Clinical supervision for allied health professionals: A state-wide training program
John Merrick*, Craig Slater, Jacquie Dominish


Looking into the rock pool: The construing of allied health professionals in relation to personality, work location and career success
Narelle Campbell*, A/Prof Diann Eley, Prof Linday McAllister

Innovation and adventurous students: Developing an interprofessional long placement for allied health students
A/Prof Kathryn Fitzgerald*, A/Prof Maeva Hall*

Connecting Practice: A dynamic framework for providing supervision and support for rural health practitioners
Prof Susan Nancarrow*, Prof Julia Coyle, Dr Diane Boxall, Dr Anna Moran, Dr Rod Pope, Jennifer Young, Catherine Maloney*


1725 SARRAH Annual General Meeting | Members welcome
SARRAH Board and Advisory Committee to meet after.
1900 Student Network Event
Saltbar Beachbar and Bistro
  Friday 19th September 2014
0800 Registration desk opens
0815 Conference Day Opening | Conference MC Gerry Gannon
0830-0900 Presentation of Kate Scanlon Award
SARRAH overview of scholarships and programs | Rod Wellington
0900-0930 Keynote Speaker 6 | Associate Professor John Stevens
Shared medical appointments: Is it the next big thing in health care?
0930-1000 Keynote Speaker 7 | Professor Pat Dudgeon
National empowerment project
1000-1030 Keynote Speaker 8 | Professor Susan Nancarrow
How can workforce flexibility be enhanced to improve access to rural health services?
1030-1100 Morning Tea
  Concurrent Session C
  Plantation 1
Hang Ten
Plantation 2
Caught in the Rip
Plantation 3
Rock Pools
Slip, Slop, Slap
  Chair: Catherine Maloney Chair: Cassie Bonython Chair: Kate Osborne Chair: Claire Salter
1100 Recommendation Process Introduction

'Like drawing into sand": Acceptability, feasibility and appropriateness of a new e-mental health resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Dr Michelle Sweet*, A/Prof Tricia Nagel, Dr Kylie Dingwall, Stefanie Puszka

Delivering the health care vision
Stella Ward*, Amber Salanoa Harr*

Diving deeper - outcomes of a rural immersive experience for allied health students
Rebecca Wolfgang*, Dr Leanne Brown, Dr Tony Smith, Luke Wakely, Hazel Harries-Jones, Alex Little, Julie Burrows

The changing tide of clinical practice
Brianna Nguyen*, Belinda Clohessy*, Rosemary Box


Enhancing service delivery for adults with Acquired Brain Injury in rural and remote locations of Queensland: Is teleheath the answer?
Dr Ben Turner*, Areti Kennedy, A/Prof Melissa Kendall

Sharing a wave or dropping in? Mapping current and potential multi-professional practice and skill sharing in northern Australian allied health teams
Ilsa Nielsen, Neroli Stayt, Dr Scott Davis*

Back to school: Allied health student involvement in rural high school visits
Heidi Beames

Evaluating a rural and remote person-centred approach to improve transition to school outcomes for children with disability
Dr Angela Dew, Prof Michelle Lincoln, Prof Anita Bundy, Dr Gisselle Gallego, Julie Cullenward*, Catherine Arndell, Dr Rachel Mayes, Kim Bulkeley*


Let's give it a go! Introducing Telehealth into central Queensland regional allied health cancer care services
Tanya Trevena*, Timothy Stewart

Integrated continuing professional development: Towards a sustainable model for workforce and health service enhancement
Prof Adrian Schoo*, Dr Sheila Keane

Attracting the future rural health workforce: Year 10 and 11 student health academies as a step up from career expos
A/Prof Kathryn Fitzgerald*, Maeva Hall

Minority stress and community connectedness amongst Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Australians: A comparison of rural vs. metropolitan localities
James Morandini*, Prof Alex Blaszczynski, Dr Ilan Dar-Nimrod, Prof Michael Ross


1235-1330 Lunch
  Concurrent Session D
  Plantation 1
Hang Ten
Plantation 2
Sand Dunes
Plantation 3
Rock Pools
Rock Pools
  Chair: Ruth Chalk Chair: Dan Mahony Chair: Maeva Hall Chair: Gerry Gannon
1330 Recommendation Process Introduction

Information and communication technology for regional and rural allied health service delivery - Is the potential being realised?
Kellie Stagg*, Prof Teresa Iacono, Natalie Crothers

Swimming outside the flags: Working with rural and remote communities
Greg Mundy*, Anthony Wall

Learning in the Outback: A student occupational therapist clinical experience
Heidi van der Velde

Evaluation of a transdisciplinary care model - results of a randomised control trial
Doug Murtagh*, Marguerite Bennetts


Swimming between the flags - lessons learned about change of practice, research and funding when it comes to technology ("Home Quick")
Jacqueline Nix

Allied health structure, 13 years on: A rural and regional focus
Dr Leah Wiseman*, Dr Rosalie Boyce

Partnering with occupational therapy to reach children in primary school
Beth Mozolic-Staunton*, Suzanne Longly

Allied health education and training: A framework to advocate for improvements
John Merrick, Craig Slate, Jacquie Dominish, Sue Steele-Smith*




Changing the landscape of Disability: Riding the wave of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Wendy Thiele*, Kim Nguyen*

Sharing the waves: Establishing the community health in schools student clinics
Leonie Hamilton*, Kim Kendall*, Maggie Scorey

Professional development: Access, types of activities and satisfaction within the allied health workforce in Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Tanya Trevena*, Matthew Newby, Rachel Villiers, Zephanie Tyack

1500-1525 Afternoon Tea
  Concurrent Session E
  Plantation 1
Rock Pools
Plantation 2
Hang Ten
Plantation 3
Tidal Zone
Hang Ten
  Chair: Lindy Swain Chair: Petra Bovery-Spencer Chair: Cath Carboon Chair: Wendy Ducat
1525 Recommendation Process Introduction

Hanging ten with the teachers - A model for collaborative learning in paediatrics between rural allied health clinicians and the education sector
Katrina Wakely*, Luke Wakley, Kelly Squires, Elesa Crowley, Alexandra Little

Is the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance associated with enhanced clinical roles for Allied Health Assistants in rural NSW?
Angela Firth

Re-designing an organisational approach to early career rural and remote generalist recruitment and development
Eliza Jane McBride*, Ilsa Nielsen, Catherine Stephens, Julie Hulcombe

Facilitating Allied Health service delivery through riding the tablet and iPad technology wave
Dr Wendy Ducat, Dr Melissa Kaltner, Lisa Dunn*, Margaret Smythe*, Christina Hayes, Michelle Forrest, Wendy Stevens*, Jacqueline Nix*, Darren Anderson*, Robert Lange*


Supporting practice with rural teaching clinics: Interprofessional paediatric assessment clinics
A/Prof Kathryn Fitzgerald*, A/Prof Maeva Hall

A 'key worker' model to improve service pathways for Aboriginal people with dementia in remote Central Australia
A/Prof Melissa Lindeman*, Heather Jensen, Di Bell, Annie Fathing


Expanding the comfort zone - A innovative model of interprofessional learning in paediatrics for rural allied health clinicians
Luke Wakely*, Alex Little, Elesa Crowley, Katrina Wakely


Gaining a "proper sense" of what happens out there: An "Academic Bush Camp" to promote rural placements for students
A/Prof Amy Theresa Page, A/Prof Sandy Hamilton, A/Prof Maeva Hall*, A/Prof Kathryn Fitzgerald*, Michele Halloway, A/Prof Wayne Warner, A/Prof Barbara Nattabi, W/Professor Sandra Thompson


Enhancing assessment, care planning and case management in rural, remote and Indigenous communities
Heather Jensen*, Fiona Bremner, Maree Daly, Dr Melissa Lindeman, Kylie Stothers, Annie Farthing

All paddling in the same direction: Developing a framework for understanding allied health eligibility and prioritisation in country South Australia
Brett Webster

Speech pathology and occupational therapy students participating in placements where their supervisor works in a dual role
Tennille Thomasz*, Denise Young


Understanding brain injury: Improving outcomes through implementation of a training programme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers
Susan Gauld*, Sharon Smith

The social media tsunami
Julie-Anne Ross*, Sarah Bailey*, Penny Geraghty, Aaron Cameron

1725 Close
1830 Pre-Dinner Drinks, Peppers Lagoon Poolside

Conference Dinner "Beach Party" (optional function, limited numbers)
Peppers Ballroom | Sponsor Address: Lynn Hart, HESTA

Entertainment: Comedian Mandy Nolan and local band Mossy Rocks



  Saturday 20th September 2014
0800 Registration desk opens
  Conference Day Opening | Conference MC Gerry Gannon
0900 Recommendation Process Reminder

Presentation of Conference Awards

  • Presenter
  • New Presenter
  • Poster
  • Photos
0930-1000 Conference Recommendations & Outcomes
SARRAH President Facilitated Discussion - What we have learnt and what do we want to recommend from the conference
1000-1030 Keynote Speaker 9 | Tanya Lehmann (President - SARRAH)
Future visions for allied health
1030-1050 Morning Tea | Trade bump out at conclusion
1050-1215 HOT SANDS | Panel debate & contentious issues
Put the hard questions to the panel and see them hop across the hot sand in reply
Panel Facilitator: Rob Curry
Panel Members: Scott Davis, Sue Nancarrow, Tanya Lehmann, Donna Murray
1215-1230 Conference close, 2016 conference announcement and farewell to delegates
1300- 1700 GNARTN Post-Conference Skill Sharing Workshop
GNARTN would like to invite SARRAH Conference delegates to a workshop to identify tasks that will provide greatest value if skill shared in a rural and remote context. The workshop will build on GNARTN's recent Rural Remote Generalist Allied Health Project and will identify health professional groups most appropriate to be involved in delivering fourteen clusters of tasks.

This workshop is now FULL


Important Dates

Abstract Notifications Early June 2014
Presenter Registration Due 27 June 2014
Refereed Papers 1st draft due 27 June 2014
Early-Bird Closes 15 Jul 2014
Final Abstracts due 11 Aug 2014
Final Refereed Papers due 30 Aug 2014
SARRAH 2014 Conference 17-20 Sept 2014


Organising Committee

Lindy Swain - Chair
Rod Wellington - SARRAH CEO
Ruth Hawkings
Cate Patrick
Helen McGregor
Annie Nicholls
Luke Schultz

Image credits

Destination NSW
Grenville Turner: Destination NSW
Hamilton Lund: Destination NSW