Three Friends of the Alliance Awards up for grabs

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Friends of the Alliance will give three people living in a rural or remote area the opportunity to take part in the 15th National Rural Health Conference in Hobart on 24-17 March 2019.
Friends is seeking nominations in three categories: the Friends Unsung Hero Award; the Des Murray Youth Award; and the Friends Nursing/Midwifery Award.  

Applications will be open 1 - 30 September 2018, and nominations can be submitted through the Friends Rural Health Awards form available at

The successful nominees will be announced on 1 December 2018. The winner in each category will receive registration, travel and accommodation costs to attend the Conference.

To nominate someone for an award you must be a current member of Friends of the Alliance, but nominees do not have to be Friends members.
Unsung Hero Award
The Unsung Hero Award recognises a very special person who has made a lifelong contribution to the health and wellbeing of their rural, remote, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Des Murray Youth Award
The Des Murray Youth Award enables a young person from a more remote area to attend the National Rural Health Conference.  It was first presented in 2000 to honour the memory of a man who made a major contribution to Australia's rural and remote health community.

Nursing/Midwifery Award
The successful applicant will be a nurse or midwife working in a remote or rural area who, without the Award, would be unable to attend the Conference.

This Award has been made possible by contributions from James Cook University, the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and CRANAplus.

Membership of Friends of the Alliance is available to organisations and individuals.

Individuals can join Friends online at Membership of Friends for 2018/19 will open on 1 July 2018.

Individual members have access to discounted registration for the 15th National Rural Health Conference and are eligible for a complimentary subscription to the Australian journal of rural health.     

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