One of the most important products of the Conference in Cairns will be a set of recommendations for action to improve health services in rural and remote areas and to overcome some of the barriers to good health, such as workforce shortages.
Following its successful implementation at the 12th Conference in Adelaide, the recommendations process in Cairns will again be based on the Sharing Shed. The Sharing Shed is an online portal through which Conference delegates can propose recommendations to the full body of delegates, with every individual delegate being able to express a view on all ideas proposed by providing comments and by ranking or weighting separate recommendations.
The system has been further improved on the basis of feedback received at the 13th Rural Health Conference held in Darwin in 2015, with its key advantages retained: inclusiveness, transparency and user-friendliness.
The process will be moderated by a Conference Recommendations Group, whose members have already scrutinised the recommendations in the concurrent papers and will scrutinise those submitted during the Conference by delegates in attendance.
The Sharing Shed is accessible through hand-held electronic devices and through on-site computers for those without them. A set of priority recommendations will be presented to a Conference plenary session to enable delegates to indicate their broad support.
Note: if you can't make it to Cairns you can follow developments with the recommendations by going to www.ruralhealth.org.au/sharingshed