If you are concerned about the health and wellbeing of people who live and work in rural or remote areas of Australia this is the Conference for you.

The National Rural Health Conference is the pre-eminent event in Australia for information and inspiration about rural and remote health and wellbeing.

The Conference is being held in Hobart, Tasmania, 24-27 March 2019 and its theme is 'We can do even better!'.

Hobart and its surrounds was home to the Muwinina people who we acknowledge as the traditional and original owners and we pay respect to those that have passed before us and we acknowledge today’s Tasmanian Aboriginal community who are the custodians of this land.

Whatever your concerns about healthy, sustainable and resilient rural communities, this Conference will be of interest to you.

Whether you are a consumer, a health professional, student, researcher, or health service manager, you will be able to engage with people and topics of relevance to you.

As a rural health conference it's a must for health professionals from all disciplines, but its content and focus recognise the critical role played in rural wellbeing by education, industry and business, communications, aged care and disability services, transport and a wide range of other sectors and professions.  So as well as health professionals, it will have plenty of interest to people working in rural education, regional development, housing, local government, community services, transport and infrastructure.

One of the highlights of the National Rural Health Conference is the production by delegates of a set of recommendations for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people in rural and remote Australia.  The recommendations process is managed via the Sharing Shed.


The Sharing Shed is an online portal through which Conference delegates can propose recommendations for the consideration of others at the event. All delegates will have access to go online and propose a recommendation of their own, and to see and comment on those already submitted by others.

The process will be moderated by a Conference Recommendations Committee, whose members will scrutinise recommendations submitted by delegates, as well as those that come out of the concurrent sessions.  A set of collated and refined priority recommendations will be available online at various stages of the event and will be handed to the Minister for Health on the final day.

The National Rural Health Conference has a well-earned reputation as one of the best health conferences in Australia.  At the 15th in Hobart we aim to Do Even Better!



Key Dates

March 2018

Sponsorship and exhibition sales open

1 June 2018

Call for abstracts opens

20 August 2018

Call for abstracts closes

September 2018

Early Bird registration opens.  Closes 31 December 2018

October 2018

Authors receive notification of outcome of abstract submitted

December 2018

Draft program published

24-27 March 2019   


Principal sponsor

90 Years Royal Flying Doctor Service