National Rural Health Conference in full swing in Cairns

Thursday, April 27, 2017

After an action-packed opening day, the second for the 14th National Rural Health Conference, underway now at the Cairns Conference Centre, offered an equally engaging host of speakers and presentations.

Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, spoke on the economic and productivity gains to be made by reducing mental illness in rural and remote Australia; Deputy Chair of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Mick Reid, presented evidence that the sector needs to 'speak with one voice' in order to better determine what works in the bush; and

The afternoon session saw the CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council, Anne Kelso, speak on the improvements to be made in rural health through research; the Chair of North Queensland Public Health Network Trent Twomey looked at the social determinants of health within local governance frameworks; and the Director-General of Queensland Health, Michael Walsh, looked at the transformation occurring in the world of digital health.

Tomorrow's program offers insights into preconception health and care with visiting Scottish consultant Jonathon Sher; Kelly McJannett, CEO of Food Ladder discussing food security in remote Australia; and Mark Wenitong, Senior Medical Advisor on the Apunipima Cape York Health Council, on how understanding our own cultural bias will help improve health outcomes.

For the first time, the morning and afternoon Plenary Sessions are being streamed live on YouTube for those unable to attend the Conference, while highlights from various concurrent sessions feature as Facebook live streams, also later available on the National Rural Health Alliance page:

There's also the chance for attending delegates to submit recommendations for consideration to the Sharing Shed, and Day Two will end in the always popular Conference Dinner, which will be a 'Celebration of Cultures'.

To access live streaming of plenary sessions go to:

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