Tim Kelly, South Australian GP, has this week been elected Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance.
Tim represents the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) on Council of the Alliance and is Treasurer on the ACRRM Board. He has been a procedural rural GP in South Australia's Mid North and is now CEO of the Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program.
He grew up on a mixed farming property on Kangaroo Island and is committed to improving health and wellbeing in rural and remote areas, including through the development and application of effective models of primary care and innovative delivery of training for rural and remote health professionals.
Dr Kelly paid special tribute to the work over two years of the outgoing Chair, Professor Lesley Barclay, Director of the University Centre of Rural Health, North Coast, for Sydney University. "Professor Barclay has led the Alliance effectively through an important period for both the rural and remote health sector and for the Alliance itself," Dr Kelly said.
"I'm delighted I will have Lesley's support from her new position as Deputy Chair, and the continuity this will help provide for the Alliance," Tim said.
Continuity is also provided by re-election of Nicole O'Reilly as Treasurer. Nicole is a senior officer with NT Department of Health, where she has been Acting Director of Community Health and Senior Project Manager Territory Wide Services. Nicole is President of Occupational Therapy Australia and is on Council of the Alliance as the representative for Allied Health Professions Australia Rural and Remote.
A good balance between new ideas and continuity should be assured through the other new and continuing members of the Alliance Board: Lisa McInerney (NRHA Secretary), Phil Anderton, Geri Malone, Greg Mundy, Lyndon Seys, Gordon Stacey and Lynne Strathie.
Tim Kelly gave special thanks from Council to two who have stepped down from the Board: Kathy Kirkpatrick, previously Deputy Chairperson, and Rob Curry. Both Kathy and Rob will continue to contribute experience and passion to the cause of better rural and remote health through their ongoing membership of Council.
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