Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health

The National Rural Health Alliance is delighted with the announcement of the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health.

The group, established in September 2017 with the support of the National Rural Health Alliance, is co-chaired by rural MPs and long-time friends of the Alliance, the Hon Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari and the Hon Warren Entsch, Member for Leichhardt.

This bipartisan group will provide a forum for Senators and Members to ensure the organisations that assist those in rural and remote areas, have a communication pathway to the Australian Government and able to share concerns and successes.

The Alliance Council plans to meet with the Parliamentary Friends at least twice a year to discuss ways to advance the vision of the Alliance’s 34 Member Bodies to improve the health and wellbeing of the 7 million people that live and work in rural and remote Australia.

The first meeting of the group was a breakfast in Parliament House on 12 September 2017, hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health and supported by the National Rural Health Alliance and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Speakers at the breakfast included: 
Tanya Lehmann, Chair, National Rural Health Alliance
Martin Laverty, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service
Katherine Burchfield, Health Director, Royal Far West
Chris Moorhouse, Chair, Friends of the Alliance

The Alliance values the support of the Members of the group and appreciates their interest in improving health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia.

 

Thank you to all the Members of the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health:

 

Senator Chris Ketter, Senator for Queensland

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald, Senator for Queensland

Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Rural Health

Senator Anne Urquhart, Senator for Tasmania

The Hon Damian Drum, Member for Murray

The Hon Warren Entsch, Member for Leichhardt

Dr Mike Freelander, Member for Macarthur

The Hon David Gillespie, Member for Lyne

Ms Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia

Mrs Nola Marino, Member for Forrest

Mr Brian Mitchell, Member for Lyons

Mr Llew O'Brien, Member for Wide Bay

Mr Ken O'Dowd, Member for Flynn

The Hon Jane Prentice, Member for Ryan

Ms Rebekha Sharkie, Member for Mayo

The Hon Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari

Mr Rick Wilson, Member for O'Connor

Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health Co-chairs

Warren Snowdon

Hon Warren Snowdon

Warren Entsch

Hon Warren Entsch

 

L-R. Tanya Lehmann, Chair, National Rural Health Alliance The Hon David Gillespie, Member for Lyne, NSW Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia, Qld John Dennehy, Board Member, National Rural Health Alliance

L-R: Tanya Lehmann, Chair, National Rural Health Alliance; The Hon David Gillespie, Member for Lyne, NSW; Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia, Qld; John Dennehy, Board Member, National Rural Health Alliance

 

L-R The Hon Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari, NT Heather Heighley, Member of NRHA Council representing the Australian College of Nursing (Rural Nursing and Midwifery Community of Interest) Senator Pat Dodson, Senator for Western Australia

L-R:  The Hon Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari, NT; Heather Heighley, Member of NRHA Council representing the Australian College of Nursing (Rural Nursing and Midwifery Community of Interest); Senator Pat Dodson, Senator for Western Australia