About the theme

The Theme of the 13th National Rural Health Conference is People, Places, Possibilities….

Around 1,000 People concerned with the health of communities in rural and remote areas will be in Darwin for the Conference. They will come from many of the disparate and widespread Places of rural and remote Australia, and will in effect be representatives of the more than 6.7 million who live and work there overall. They will have a strong shared interest in the endless Possibilities for rural and remote Australia, in terms of its social, economic, cultural and ecological future.

The Conference provides a welcome to people from all sectors engaged with health and wellbeing: education, transport and housing, economic development, the environment, and community services. It reminds us that the rural health community includes many people who live and work in the major cities and who care about the health of people from country areas.

For the rural and remote health sector itself the Conference aims to:

  • inspire and inform those who attend;
  • showcase developments on the ground;
  • help build interdisciplinary health teamwork;
  • engage health consumers with others in the sector;
  • provide an opportunity for research reports to be delivered by experienced and beginning researchers;
  • anticipate developments and issues and help set the sector’s agenda;
  • produce a set of priority recommendations to governments; and
  • promote a stronger awareness of rural and remote health issues in the wider community and among policy makers.

The possibilities are endless…..