Friendly Activities

Every second year brings the opportunity for Friends to come together and engage in some great activities during the biennial National Rural Health Conference. People interested in rural health from all over Australia, including Friends, gather to exchange news and views on life in their local communities. The Friends Advisory Committee coordinates Friendly activities at Conference.


Photo and Poetry Competitions

In conjunction with each National Rural Health Conference, Friends of the Alliance hosts an amateur Photographic and Poetry competition to celebrate life in rural and remote Australia.

The theme for the 13th Conference was People Places Possibilities. Through photos and poems we wanted to capture the magic of life in remote and rural areas. Your photos and poems illustrate some of the creativity, resilience and common sense of the People of rural and remote areas.

Both competitions are open to all members of the rural and remote community (except professional photographers and poets). You do NOT have to be a Friend to enter!

Finalists from each category are exhibited at the biennal National Conference and judged by the delegates attending the event.

The winners are announced at the Conference. 1st prize = $500 / 2nd prize = $250 in each category. All entries will remain the property of the National Rural Health Alliance and may be used in future Alliance publications, including the website, Partyline and the annual calendar.

Thank you to everyone who participates in this special event - you can view the finalists for 2015 here

The Friends of the Alliance Unsung Hero Award
The Friends of the Alliance Unsung Hero is an award presented to a special person at each biennal National Rural Health Conference. Nominations open a few months prior to the event and the award is presented at the National Conference dinner.  You must be a financial member of Friends of the Alliance to nominate an Unsung Hero in your community.

Who is an Unsung Hero?
An Unsung Hero is an under recognised, exceptional person / people who make significant contributions to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous, remote, or small rural communities.
Remote and rural areas are much richer for the contribution of these quiet achievers, who often are not recognised for their hard work and receive little reward.
An Unsung Hero could be a volunteer or paid worker who goes above and beyond what is normally expected in their workplace or community.

Friends of the Alliance are proud to support the Unsung Hero Award as a way to recognise the work of these special individuals whom contribute so much to so many.

Previous Winners