Who are we?
Friends of the Alliance is a membership body that supports the work of the National Rural Health Alliance. The group consists of a network of people and organisations working to improve health and well being in rural and remote Australia. The primary aim of Friends is to support the work of the National Rural Health Alliance and to facilitate communication among people and organisations interested in health issues in rural and remote Australia.
Be our Friend
On joining, Friends will receive the Rural and Remote Health papers DVD containing twenty-one years of policy, conference papers and research information on rural and remote health. They will also receive regular issues of the Alliance newsletter, Partyline, a membership certificate and Friends lanyard.
Friends are encouraged to submit articles, images and stories to Partyline, the Alliance newsletter, by contacting the editor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can join?
Membership of Friends is open to individuals and organisations interested in health issues in rural and remote Australia.
You can join now by completing the application form and returning it with your payment. If you would like any further information contact Kellie Sydlarczuk on 02 6285 4660.
Friends Advisory Committee
The Friends Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives elected from each State and Territory. Pauline Glover from SA is the Chairperson and represents the views of Friends
on Council of the National Rural Health Alliance.
The Chair of Friends of the Alliance is elected by the Friends Advisory Committee from within its membership, and is a member of Council of the Alliance.
Feedback from the Committee on rural and remote health issues is highly regarded and presented to the Council of the Alliance by the Chair.
We encourage you to contact your State or Territory representative regarding news, information or issues you would like raised at the regular committee teleconferences.
Click here to view a full list of committee members or click here to download the PDF version.
Friends activities at the 12th National Rural Health Conference - Adelaide, 7-10 April 2013.
Once again, the National Rural Health Conference brings with it the opportunity for you to highlight life in rural and remote Australia in pictures and verse. Entries are open to all members of the rural and remote community, (except professional photographers and poets) a judging panel will select the top entries to be displayed at the Conference. Conference delegates will vote for their favourite entry, with the winners announced at the 12th Conference.
Do you have an image or words you can contribute?
Perhaps you have an unsung hero in your community who deserves some recognition?
The poetry and photographic competitions are NOW OPEN so get snapping, writing and comprising!
Finally, don’t forget to join or ensure your Friends membership is up to date to receive discounted registration for the 12th Conference.
The 12th National Rural Health Conference being held in Adelaide 7-10 April 2013.
Friends of the Alliance facilitates various activities at the National Rural Health Conference including;
Unsung Hero Award - many people work tirelessly for their community and make enormous contributions on local issues. Communities in rural and remote areas are much the richer for their contribution, yet often we don’t know who these people are. For this reason we call them Unsung Heroes - local people who work hard and expect little reward.
||Poetry and Photographic Competition - Each National Rural Health Conference brings the opportunity to highlight life in rural and remote Australia. Entries are open to all members of the rural and remote health community (except professional photographers and poets). The winners of each category are announced in the final plenary session of the Conference.|
Knit and yarn with Friends at the 12th National Rural Health Conference – what a knit 1 pearler of an idea! - Friends of the Alliance will be hosting a knitter's space at the 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide in April 2013.
Delegates are encouraged to come along, relax and have a chat while knitting a small square or two or even a row or two? The squares will then be stitched into blankets of various sizes. The rug (s) will be donated to a worthy cause nominated by Conference delegates. A panel of Friends members will make the final decision.
Knitters of all abilities are encouraged, and even if you only have time to do one or two rows you can add to squares already started. If you don’t want to knit, come along and have a yarn anyway – Friends always want to hear your rural and remote story. You can bring the chocolate!
If you can’t make it to Adelaide, you can still contribute by knitting your square(s) at home and posting them into the Alliance (PO Box 280, Deakin West, ACT, 2600) by 1 April 2013. Let your creative juices flow and do some stripes of different colours or use some blended colour wool.
Size 8 needles, 8 ply wool in any bright colour.
Cast on 45 stitches.
Using a garter stitch (plain knitting) knit 84 rows to form a square
Visit the Conference website at http://nrha.org.au/12nrhc/ to see the bright conference colours for inspiration.
Friends Hamper – we have asked all members of Friends to contribute ‘a modest something’ from their local community to the Friends Hamper. What better way to remember your Friends at the Conference and your love for rural and remote Australia than to have a basket of goodies from all over Australia to take home! Visit the National Rural Health Alliance booth to enter! Good luck!