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12.  National Rural Health Alliance
  • It is beneficial for FRAME to be a member of the NRHA, even though its core business is wider than education, training and research.
  • The NRHA is an advocacy group and can be a powerful advocate for FRAME.
  • FRAME has the opportunity to feed into submissions to ensure the rural health education voice is heard.
  • FRAME has a seat on Council, and the Chair will be representing FRAME at CouncilFest.
  • FRAME members are invited to attend the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin, 24 – 27 May 2015.
  • The Call for Abstracts is open and closes 28 November. Early Bird registration closes 31 January.

13.  ARHEN

  • ARHEN is the peak body representing the 11 UDRHs in Australia.
  • Nicky Hudson has just been elected as Deputy Chair of ARHEN Board with
Sabina Knight (Director Mt Isa) as Chair.
  • ARHEN supports networks including Executive Officers, Indigenous Health Officers, Pharmacy Officers, Simulation educators. The network groups with meet virtually or f2f at one of the ARHEN meetings.
  • Like FRAME, ARHEN Board meets twice annually - one in Canberra and one at a UDRH site.
  • Nicky is keen to encourage inclusiveness and partnerships.
  • ARHEN actively lobby on priorities.
  • ARHEN is looking at how to produce longitudinal tracking data for rural allied health and nursing graduates.
  • ARHEN can fund hold as an incorporated body and is able to do some big projects in rural health.

14.  May 2015 meeting – university of Melbourne, Shepparton, 13-14 May

  • Facilities have been booked for the week to allow for the 2 day FRAME meeting, the Leadership Program and a one day research meeting.
  • Content for the Research Meeting is to be considered. The Research Intensive in Port Lincoln was inspirational and made a huge difference to those who were lacking confidence.
Action: Those interested in planning the Research meeting are asked to contact Julian Wright

15.  Venue for 2016 meeting

  • University of Wollongong.
  • The UoW program is unique. All students are in longitudinal placement. UoW are happy to showcase what they do.
  • It was suggested that the FRAME meeting be held in Nowra.
  • University of Qld, Harvey Bay offered to host the FRAME meeting in May 2017.
Thanks to the Outgoing Chair
  • Judi Walker was thanked for the enormous amount of work she has done for FRAME, drafting papers and responses, moving FRAME into a powerful advocacy position.