Every second year many of the current and future leaders of the rural and remote health sector in Australia meet at the National Rural Health Conference. Their purpose is to exchange information on the latest developments in rural and remote health, to network with new and old friends, and to craft a set of recommendations for action.
Darwin in May 2015 was no exception.
Almost 1,200 delegates attended the 13th Conference and you can view the agreed interim recommendations, the revised priority recommendations and the Conferencecommuniqué: http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/13nrhc/recommendations
As usual, the Conference was strongly interdisciplinary and multisectoral. It attracted health professionals of all disciplines, consumers, students, researchers, academics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, government officials, parliamentarians and the media.
It had a strong focus on health in all its complexity and on the social determinants of health and wellbeing. Sessions were arranged around key issues, not around specific professions or locations.
The Conference had a strong Top End feel, particularly in its arts and health activities. They provided a great opportunity to showcase the rich multicultural diversity of the Top End.
The 13th National Rural Health Conference and its outcomes will help to ensure that the gap between city and country health will be narrowed. It has given new impetus to a number of proposals which, if actioned, will improve the health and the health services available to people who live in more remote areas of the nation.
This website is now the official Conference proceedings. You can view all the speakers’ presentations, bios, abstracts and full papers. Most of the keynote addresses and around 100 of the concurrent ones can be viewed on-demand here:http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/13nrhc/program/keynote-speakers
13th National Rural Health Conference Proceedings
Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
Editor: Gordon Gregory
Place of Publication: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Year of Publication: 2015
ISSN: 1445 3363