SARRAH 2020 National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference

The Organising Committee is delighted to present the SARRAH 2020 National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference.

Hosted by SARRAH since 1995, this biennial conference is for all involved in regional, rural and remote allied health.

The Organising Committee invites you to Townsville

  • to hear a range of eminent speakers,
  • to join us as we share stories to shape the future success for remote, rural and regional allied health, and
  • to celebrate 25 years of SARRAH networking, advocacy and events.

When the rest of Australia is getting chilly, Townsville weather is fabulous with clear evening skies and warm days. We look forward to sharing our beautiful city with you in 2020.

2020 Organising Committee 

Organising Committee

  • Robyn Adams
    Conference co-chair
  • Danielle Hornsby
    Executive Director Allied Health, Queensland Health, Conference co-chair
  • Associate Professor Trish Wielandt
    Academic Head Occupational Therapy & Speech Pathology,James Cook University,College of Healthcare Sciences,Division of Tropical Health & Medicine
  • Dr Anne Jones
    Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Head of Physiotherapy discipline, College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University
  • Dr Kerry McBain
    Head of Psychology, James Cook University
  • Kerrie-Anne Frakes
    Executive Director Strategy, Transformation and Allied Health, Queensland Health
  • Melinda Duncan
  • Ilsa Nielsen
    Principal Workforce Office, Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland, Department of Health
  • Megan Harbourne
    State-wide Clinical Education Program Manager, Townsville Hospital & Health Service
  • Marayah Taylor
    Indigenous Rehab Assistant, Community Rehab
  • Gail Kingston
    Occupational Therapist, Townsville Hospital
  • Deslie Rosevear
    Deputy CEO, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health
  • Catherine Maloney
    A/Chief Executive Officer, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health

22 -24 NOVEMBER 2020


Call for abstracts & registration

3 June 2020

Call for abstracts closes

23 September 2020

Early Bird Registration Closes

22 - 24 November 2020

SARRAH 2020 National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference

SARRAH Conference Venue

The Ville, Townsville
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive
Townsville QLD

A world away.

Discover a world class destination on the edge of paradise, and make it your own. A place to come together or a place to escape?
A peaceful oasis, or a supercharged playground? A place to lose yourself, or to find your bliss? A fleeting drink with friends, or a week of memories to last a lifetime? You decide. Find your paradise at The Ville.

Organising Committee

Cath Maloney

Robyn Adams

Danielle Hornsby

Trish Wielandt

Gail Kingston

Megan Harbourne


Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Satchel Sponsor


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.