National Rural Health Alliance welcomes new Board

12 September 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance welcomes Tanya Lehmann as the new Chair of the Board.

Tanya is no stranger to the Alliance, having represented Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) on the Council since 2010 and on the Board as Deputy Chair for the past two years.

A country person by birth and choice, Tanya grew up on a farm in Wagin, Western Australia and now lives in the Riverland of South Australia. From career beginnings as a rural generalist Dietitian, Tanya progressed into community health management, project management, policy, allied health leadership and executive roles. She is currently Acting Regional Director in the Riverland, Mallee Coorong Region of rural South Australia.

On assuming her duties as Chair at yesterday's Annual General Meeting of the Alliance, Tanya paid tribute the hard work and commitment of the outgoing Board and previous Chair, Geri Malone:

"It's a great privilege to be entrusted to take over the reins from the previous Chair, who did an exemplary job during a time of significant transition. I'm looking forward to being able to continue my long-term involvement with the Alliance in the capacity of Chair."
Geri Malone, Director of Professional Services at CRANAplus, will remain on the Board in the capacity of Secretary. She and Tanya will be joined by Exercise Physiologist John Dennehy as Deputy Chair, Joe McGirr (Associate Dean Rural, The University of Notre Dame Australia) as Treasurer and Julianne Bryce (Registered Nurse and Senior Federal Professional Officer, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation), Stephen Gourley (Director Emergency Medicine, Alice Springs Hospital Emergency Department), General Practitioner Jenny May and Chris Moorhouse from Rural and Community Development Services in Deloraine, Tasmania as Ordinary Members.

Full details of the Alliance's Board and Council Members can be found at

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