About the theme

The theme of the 15th National Rural Health Conference is:

Better together!

The 15th Conference, in Hobart, 24-27 March 2019, will focus on the achievements of the past and ways of working together for a better future for rural and remote health in Australia.

Speaking at the inaugural breakfast of the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health, the newly elected Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance, Tanya Lehmann, called on political leaders to do better.

"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

It will be a clarion call for everyone involved to recognise the great things about rural Australia and to commit to even more collaboration, innovation and determination.

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 exports.  In the health sector, it has a proud record of practical, multidisciplinary responses to the challenges of distance, absence of scale and scarce resources.

But together we can do even better

  • We can do Better together in addressing the unacceptabe social and health inequities that exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; 
  • We can do Better together on improving access to services, including through agreed health access standards for places of different size and other characteristics, workforce distribution and health technology;
  • We can do Better together in how we share our knowledge and information of what works to help us all achieve better health outcomes for our communities; and
  • We can do Better together to make sure that Governments, at all levels, recognise and make a commitment to the special needs of people in rural and remote Australia.

We are proud of rural and remote Australia. We are confident in its future. We will commit and re-commit to playing our parts. We can do this Better together!

If you would like to be on the program submitting an abstract is the first step.

The call for abstracts will be open between 1 June 2018 and 20 August 2018.

You can find more information on the Call for Abstracts page of this website.

Contact us

Everything you need to know about the 15th National Rural Health Conference is at www.ruralhealth.org.au/15nrhc.

If you are interested in discussing Sponsorship and Exhibition Options, please call Leanne Coleman, Conference Manager at the National Rural Health Alliance on 02 6285 4660 or email conference@ruralhealth.org.au

We look forward to welcoming you to Hobart.