Friendly Activities

Friends activities in Hobart, March 2019

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 next Rural Health Conference is the 15th and it is being held in Hobart, 24-27 March 2019.  As a Friend of the Alliance you are eligible to receive a discounted registration to the 15th National Rural Health Conference and join in the various Friends activities on offer.  We hope to see you in Hobart!


Friends of the Alliance - Photo and Poetry Competition

Photo and Poetry Competitions

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

Through photos and poems we ask you to capture the magic of life in remote and rural areas. 

Finalists from each category (photographs and poems) are exhibited at the biennial Conference and judged by the delegates attending the event.


FriendsFriends of the Alliance Rural Health Awards:  NOMINATIONS CLOSE 12 OCTOBER 2018

The Friends of the Alliance organisation is seeking nominations for individual awards in three categories.

They are the Friends Unsung Hero, the Des Murray Youth Award, and the Friends Nursing/Midwifery Award.  

Applications will be open between 1 September and 12 October 2018 using the application form below..


Friends Rural Health Awards Guidelines


Friends  Rural Health Awards Application Form


The successful nominees will be announced on 1 December 2018.  The winner in each category will receive registration, travel and accommodation costs for the 15th National Rural Health Conference in Hobart (24-27 March 2019).

Applications must be submitted by a current Member of Friends but nominees do not have to be Friends members.


Unsung Hero1.    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 local remote, Indigenous, or rural community.

2.    Des Murray Youth Award
The Des Murray Youth Award 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.   It is awarded every second year to enable a young person from a more remote area to attend the National Rural Health Conference.

3.    Nursing/Midwifery  Award
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.    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.

Value of the Award:
The winner of each category will receive:
•    Full conference registration with access to all sessions, social functions and the Conference Dinner
•    Transport from home town to Hobart and return (up to $1,000)
•    Accommodation in Hobart (up to $800)
•    Complimentary membership of Friends of the Alliance for 2018/19 if they are not already a member.

Applications open:
     1 September 2018
Applications close:     12 October 2018
Successful candidates announced:  1 December 2018


Previous Winners of the Unsung Hero Award