The call for Abstracts for the 13th National Rural Health Conference is now open.
To be held in Darwin, the Conference will be a major opportunity for an update on rural and remote health in Australia.
All of those who have an interest in improved health and better health services for the people of rural, regional and remote areas are asked to consider putting in an abstract. The Conference Committee wants to hear from members of the community as well as researchers, policymakers, health service managers and clinicians.
Nor should it be forgotten that many people who may not see themselves as part of the remote health sector have key roles to play and the Conference should hear from them as well. These include people who live in the major cities and who work on rural and remote health, as well as those whose work impacts on the social determinants of health (education, housing, transport).
The NRHA wants the 13th Conference to make a real contribution to reform of the health system which will improve health equity for country people.
"Not only do we need to remind the public, the media and those in government about the special circumstances of people who live in rural and remote areas. We need to go the next step and deliver to them practicable solutions - and no one knows more about these than people actually living and working in non-metropolitan areas," said Gordon Gregory, Executive Director of the NRHA.
"The fact that the Conference is in Darwin will add some special focus to the consideration of quite remote areas where the challenges are greatest."
"Having said that, some of the most significant health service innovations are being successfully developed in the Northern Territory and similarly remote areas."
A list of potential topics is included on the website, where you can also find full details about submitting your abstract.
“The call for abstracts is the basis on which the program for Darwin will be built," said Gordon Gregory, NRHA Executive Director.
The 13th National Rural Health Conference is in Darwin, 24-27 May 2015.
Gordon Gregory – Executive Director: 02 6285 4660
Tim Kelly – Chairperson: 02 6285 4660
Leanne Coleman – Conference Manager: 02 6285 4660