Meet the new Chair of Friends

Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates (ACT representative)

Following the recent election of a new Advisory Committee for Friends of the Alliance, the Committee has elected one of its ACT members, Rachel Yates, as its Chair.  Rachel will become a Member of Council of the National Rural Health Alliance, in which capacity she will represent the views of Friends nationally.

Rachel has been directly involved in rural health for many years and has a wealth of experience and passion for improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia.  Rachel is pleased to invite anyone who is not already a member of Friends of the Alliance to join her in supporting the work of the National Rural Health Alliance.

A word from Rachel:

Dear Friends

I am honoured and humbled to take on the role of Chair for the new Friends Advisory Committee (FAC). In my years of working alongside the Alliance, I have seen how integral Friends is to its work.  Friends - both on and off the committee - bring together great capability and insight into rural life. They are invaluable in conveying the grass roots rural community voice to the Alliance’s policy and advocacy work in Canberra, complementing and rounding out the work of Council.

Although many Friends and FAC members work in health roles in rural communities, their involvement with Friends is over and above their professional roles and goes to the heart of what Friends is all about: people who understand, care about and are willing to contribute to enhancing the wellbeing of rural communities.

I look forward to building on these qualities in my new role, to promoting the work of Friends and, through the FAC, to reflecting the broader rural community voice at Council meetings and in the ongoing work of the Alliance.

About Rachel: Rachel has personal and professional interests and experience in health, higher education, rural communities and policy. Rachel currently resides in Canberra however has previously lived and worked in rural Australia – on a dairy farm near Casino, NSW, in a Women’s Health Service in Lismore and in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in Mt Isa, Queensland. Rachel is currently Policy Director, Health and Workforce at Universities Australia.

If you would like to support the work of the Alliance and you are not already a member, join here.  Membership is open to individuals and organisations and carers and health consumer advocates encouraged.