Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) joins NRHA

21 September 2012

At its 21st AGM earlier this week, the National Rural Health Alliance increased its membership to 34 national bodies with admission of the National Rural and Remote Committee of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). ESSA is the peak body for exercise and sports science in Australia, its vision being to enhance the health and performance of all Australians through the support of exercise and sports science professionals.

Anita Hobson-Powell, Executive Officer of Exercise & Sports Science Australia, said: “ESSA is pleased that our Rural and Remote Committee is to be part of the National Rural Health Alliance. We see this as a great opportunity to collaborate with other health providers, educators and consumers to improve health and services for people in rural and remote areas.”

She went on to say, “Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) play a vital role in providing services to prevent or treat chronic and complex health conditions. ESSA’s involvement in NRHA will help AEPs to improve the health of people in rural and remote areas more efficiently.”

Also at the AGM Lesley Barclay was re-elected as the Alliance’s Chairperson. Lesley is Professor and Director of Sydney University’s Lismore-based University Centre of Rural Health. Kathy Kirkpatrick from Dalby, Queensland, was re-elected as Deputy Chair; Nicole O’Reilly, Occupational Therapist from Darwin, was re-elected as Treasurer; and Tim Kelly, Strategic Operations Manager of the Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program, agreed to juggle his responsibilities in that position with those of the NRHA’s Honorary Secretary.

Extended auditions for the skills-based Board were held, during which some valuable and some less valuable talents were eggshibited. As the result of that process the other members of the Alliance’s new Board are: Phil Anderton, an optometrist in Manilla in New South Wales; Tim Carey, a mental health academic in Alice Springs; Rob Curry, Programs Manager of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT; Lisa McInerney, a chiropractor and City Councillor at Wangaratta in Victoria; Greg Mundy, CEO of the Council of Ambulance Authorities; and Lynne Strathie, carer and consumer advocate from Darwin.

Chair of the Alliance, Lesley Barclay, said today from Lismore that the Alliance was delighted to have the National Rural and Remote Committee of ESSA contributing to its work for the improvement of health in rural and remote areas of Australia.

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