About the theme

The 15th National Rural Health Conference theme is:  

Better together!


As Alliance Chair Tanya Lehmann made clear to a gathering of Federal Parliamentarians last year, Australia needs to commit to closer collaboration and greater innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of country people.

"We know that poorer access to services contributes to poorer health outcomes for rural and remote Australians. As country people we are, are on average, older, sicker and poorer than our city cousins. In a land as wealthy as ours, that is just not good enough. We have to do better."

NRHA Media Release, 12 September 2017

Rural Australia is comprised of a wide range of wonderful places in which to live and work.  It is home to one third of Australia’s population.  The rural and remote health sector has a proud record of practical, multidisciplinary responses to the challenges of providing care to a population scattered across vast geographical distances.

But together we can do even better

  • We can do Better together to address unacceptable health inequities experienced in rural Australia, particularly by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; 
  • We can do Better together to improve access to health services through workforce initatives, and the development of health access standards;
  • We can do Better together in how we share our knowledge of what proven solutions to achieve better health outcomes for our communities; and
  • We can do Better together to ensure that all Governments recognise and commit to overcome the unique challenges facing people in rural and remote Australia.

We are confident in the future of rural Australia. We re-commit to play our part to improve health outcomes. We can do Better together!

Become involved

If you are passionate about the health of people in rural and remote Australia please submit an abstract by August 20, 2018.  You can find more information on the Call for Abstracts page.

If you are interested in discussing Sponsorship and Exhibition Options, call Leanne Coleman, Conference Manager at the National Rural Health Alliance.

02 6285 4660 or email [email protected]