National Rural and Remote Support Service

On 26 June 2013, the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth announced the introduction of the National Rural and Remote Support Services (NRRSS) program. The NRRSS program is part of the Labor Government’s Better Start for Children with Disability and Helping Children with Autism initiatives.

Under the NRRSS program, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) has been funded to work with allied health professionals to increase service coverage in rural and remote areas of Australia.

SARRAH will assist allied health providers to manage the challenges facing them in delivering services in rural and remote settings such as professional and social isolation, lack of continuing professional development opportunities and sustainable service delivery models.

SARRAH will:

  • provide mentoring and supervision to providers in rural and remote areas;
  • conduct research on models of service delivery that are effective in rural and remote locations;
  • work collaboratively with Carers Australia and Autism Associations to map service coverage and identify service coverage gaps;
  • develop and promote strategies to address service coverage gaps such as improved recruitment methodologies and exploring the use of technology; and
  • support rural and remote early intervention professionals to apply to the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel.

SARRAH looks forward to working collaboratively with key stakeholders to increase the access to early intervention services for children with a disability residing in rural and remote Australia.

It is important that all children get the best start in life before they get to school and the best chance of reaching their full potential. This can be achieved through the NRRSS program.

NRRSS Registration

Early Intervention Service Providers registered either as Individuals or through a Consortium are strongly encouraged to complete the registration form for the NRRSS. This will enable the collection of important information about access to the Better Start and HCWA programs for children in the bush.

Transition to Remote and Rural Practice

This training toolkit provides education resources and interactive training modules for Allied Health Professionals moving to, working in or contemplating taking up, practice in remote and rural Australia.

The resources and programs to support early intervention allied health professionals working with Children with Disability is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

The Tranisition Toolkit to support allied health professionals on entry to remote and rural practice is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

The views expressed on this website do no necessarily represent the position of the Australian Government.

Contact Details
40 Thesiger Court
Deakin ACT 2600
Phone: (02) 6285 4960
Fax: (02) 6162 4094