About the Conference

Every second year the rural and remote health sector comes together at Australia's premier rural health event - the National Rural Health Conference.

In March next year we're looking forward to welcoming delegates to Hobart for the 15th National Health Conference.

With 1,200 delegates attending  our last Conference, it's an unmissable opportunity to discover the latest developments in rural and remote health, network with rural health leaders, and help set the agenda for the next two years.

The 15th Conference is once again proudly hosted by the National Rural Health Alliance, Australia's peak national body for rural and remote health with 34 member organisations. 

The conference's great strength draws from the breadth of groups which attend - the health practitioners, consumers, academics, students, politicians and media.

Those delegates produce a set of recommendations to set the sector's reform agenda.

We encourage anyone engaged with the health and wellbeing of rural and remote Australia to get involved.  

Delegates will come together with an aim to:

  • inspire and inform;
  • celebrate success;
  • anticipate developments and issues and help set the sector's agenda;
  • showcase developments on the ground;
  • engage health consumers with others in the sector;
  • listen to research reports delivered by both experienced and early-career researchers;
  • produce a set of priority recommendations to governments; and
  • promote a stronger awareness of rural and remote health issues in the wider community and among policy makers.

The Conference will have a strong focus on the determinants of health, on the most successful health service delivery models, and on research that reveals solutions to improving the health of country people.

Rather than separate streams for nurses, managers or medical practitioners, sessions will focus on issues such as mental health, access and workforce, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and managing chronic disease.