Gordon Gregory OAM: An appreciation

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April 2016 marks the retirement of Gordon Gregory as Executive Director of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA). The NHRA is the peak body representing the interests of rural residents at national level in Australia and it is also the owner and sponsor of the Australian Journal of Rural Health. Gordon is the chair of the Journal Advisory Committee and his contribution can be seen throughout the warp and the weft of the Alliance.

He was appointed Executive Director of the Alliance in August 1993 and was uniquely qualified by experience and personality for this role. The NRHA comprises 36 national organisations of health professionals, health providers, consumers and community organisations pursuing one shared interest namely the health and wellbeing of rural and remote Australian residents. Not surprisingly these organisations have many sectional interests and Gordon's achievement has been to build and maintain a strong coalition which is able to represent the interests of those who face particular health and social challenges and experience poorer health outcomes than their metropolitan peers. The Alliance is a skilled and effective lobbyist which negotiates priorities among its members and plans its campaigns including the annual visit to government as part of its ‘Councilfest’ each year. It responds to calls for evidence from parliamentary enquiries and promotes research and evaluation in rural health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-155
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


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