Australia’s pre-eminent event for everyone committed to better health and wellbeing in rural and remote communities.


View the Priority Recommendations from the the 14th National Rural Health Conference held on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 to Saturday, 29 April 2017.   To view all recommendations submitted to the Sharing Shed go to:

14th  National Rural Health Conference Proceedings

Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
Editor: Leanne Coleman
Place of Publication: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Year of Publication: 2017
ISBN:  xxx-x-xxxxxx-xx-x
ISSN: 1445 3363

This Conference may be cited as follows:
Proceedings of the 14th National Rural Health Conference, editor Leanne Coleman, Cairns, Queensland, 26-29 March 2017.  Canberra: National Rural Health Alliance, 2017.

Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors, delegates and all who supported the event.

These official Proceedings contain the Priority Recommendations as well as links to all the speaker presentations, abstracts, bios, full papers and poster presentations.  There is also a gallery with a selection of photographs showing the highlights in Cairns.

View Keynote Presentations  Concurrent Presenters  Poster Presentations

The 15th National Rural Health Conference will be held in Hobart in March  2019 and we hope to see you there.

Please stay in touch and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 02 6285 4660 or email

The Conference has a unique reputation as a meeting place for people involved with the health care of people who live in the diverse communities of rural and remote Australia - see welcome letter from the Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull.

The Conference provided a unique opportunity for consumers, clinicians, academics and students from rural and remote areas to exchange views with the many who work with and for country people but are based in major cities and regional centres.  Almost 1,200 delegates attended the event.

Conference MC

Catherine McGrath

The Conference Advisory Committee was very pleased to have Catherine McGrath perform the important role of Conference MC.  Catherine is one of the country’s leading TV political and international reporters who is now a full time strategic media consultant, public speaker, MC and media trainer.