Susi Tegen

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Salzburg, Austria
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide
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Susanne 'Susi' Tegen is an Austrian-born Australian educator, speaker and advocate for rural and remote health. She is currently the CEO of the Australian National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).[1]

Early life

Tegen was born in Salzburg, Austria, and attended school in Vienna before migrating to South Australia as a teenager, where she lived and worked on a sheep, cattle, and cropping property in the Limestone Coast region.[2][1][3][4] Tegen has lived and worked in various regions across Australia, including South Australia (SA), Victoria, New South Wales (NSW), and remote Northern Territory (NT), as well as in Vienna, Austria grounding her advocacy for rural and remote health.[5]


Susi's education was directed by her personal experience on the land, and laid the foundation for her career. After attending Scotch College, in Adelaide, she completed a BA at the University of Adelaide, and Postgraduate Diploma of Education from the University of New England in 1986. She advanced her leadership capabilities with a MBA at the University of Melbourne in 2006, along with qualifications in organizational leadership, change management and rural leadership from James Cook University, Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW , and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.[6]


Personally Susi grew up, living and working in remote and rural areas, and was a partner in a sheep meat and wool, cattle trading and grain property in the Limestone Coast for 30 years.

Tegen has ascribed her knowledge and expertise across partnerships, leadership, and public relations in health, diplomacy, education, agribusiness, primary industry, and economic development[7] to bridge the gap between rural and urban services access.

Health organizations that have benefited from her advisory and leadership include The Medical Technology Association of Australia[8], the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology, The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, and the University of Adelaide Rural Clinical School.[9]

Beyond the health sector, she fosters regional alliances between her home country of Austria and SA and NT communities in her role as the Austrian Consul for South Australia and the Northern Territory.[5]

Her work and advocacy has been recognized through awards including the South Australia Great Award in Medicine and Health (2009)[10], the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award[11] and the Nokia Business Innovation Award at the Telstra SA Business Women's Awards.[12][13]

Boards, committees and advisory roles

Tegen is a member of the Health Workforce Scope of Practice Review Committee and the National Rural Health Strategy Advisory with the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.[2] Her advisory contributions extend to a non-executive director role with the Australian Orthopedic Association, and membership of the Autism CRC (Australia)[14]. In medical education, she had roles with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.[3]

Public speaking and media

As the CEO and primary spokesperson of the National Rural Health Alliance, Tegen gives her voice to rural and remote health, mental health[15], and the digital health divide.[16] In 2023, she addressed the Australian Local Government Association's National General Assembly, the Rural & Remote Health Scientific Symposium, and the RAI Regions Rising National Summit.[17][18][19][20][21][22]

Her ongoing contributions to publications and interviews include education around the disparity between country and city living[23], rural health funding[24], and the challenges faced by rural healthcare systems.[25][15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Alliance Staff". NRHA - National Rural Health Alliance. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "National Rural Health Alliance appoints new CEO". NRHA - National Rural Health Alliance. 2022-09-28. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Susanne (Susi) Tegen - College Council Member". 25 March 2024. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "About". Austrian Consulate SA & NT. Retrieved 2024-03-13.
  6. jorunn (2019-11-12). "Alumni Connecting". Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Retrieved 2024-04-23.
  7. RACE Grand Round: Susi Tegen presents NRHA and NOUS Report on the Status of Health Expenditure, retrieved 2024-03-25
  8. "New CEO for Medical Technology Association of Australia". Retrieved 2024-03-13.
  10. "2009 Winners". AgriFutures Australia. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  11. "PDF View" (PDF).
  12. Telstra - 2009 SA Business Women's Awards - Nokia Business Innovation Award, retrieved 2024-03-25
  13. "Susi Tegen". bottomline. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  14. chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Rural mental health conference highlights unique stressors". NRHA - National Rural Health Alliance. 2023-11-10. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  16. "Digital Health for the Bush Forum 2023 | Charles Darwin University". 2023-11-14. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  17. "Rural Health Pro". Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  18. "9th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium". NRHA - National Rural Health Alliance. 2023-01-11. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  19. University, La Trobe. "Violet Vines Marshman Annual Oration". Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  22. "'Shifting Our Gaze': Looking back at the Regions Rising National Summit". Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  23. Dorrigan, Alisha (2023-12-15). "'The tyranny of distance': rural health inequities persist". NewsGP. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  25. "Why these regional Australians believe their private health cover is 'an absolute waste of money'". ABC News. 2023-02-21. Retrieved 2024-03-25.

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