Opening the door to a world of rural health

Friday, February 3, 2017

The 14th National Rural Health Conference, to be held in Cairns from April 26 to 29, is shaping up to be one of the most outstanding yet with a stellar line-up of keynote speakers and considerable diversity in addressing how best to improve the health of people living in rural and remote areas.

The official program, released this week, sees the inclusion of topics as broad-ranging as the economics of delivering care to remote areas and how to best prepare the next generation of rural parents. Presentations will also cover the state of general health in more isolated locations as well as the identification of on-going challenges, and innovative approaches and methods for dealing with them.

Some of those to address the Conference include Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy; Dorothy Coombe, National President of the Country Women's Association of Australia; Kelly McJannett, Food Ladder; and Chair of the North Queensland Primary Health Network, Trent Twomey.

“As in previous years, our range of presenters and the number of sessions to be run concurrently is impressive,” said David Butt, CEO of the organising body, the National Rural Health Alliance.

“There will also be a strong focus on arts and health, including performances and installations; as well as 65 exhibitors presenting their rural-targeted health and wellbeing services, along with many opportunities for engagement and social interaction.

“We're excited to welcome all our presenters and keynote speakers and we're confident that there will be something to appeal to everyone, whatever your area of interest or geographic location.”

The full program is now available at and there is still the chance to register to be a part of this unique national event.

Contact Details: 

David Butt, Chief Executive Officer, 0411 474 912
Jenny Freeman, Communications Manager, 02 6285 4660