In Canberra this week the Minister for Rural Health, Fiona Nash, formally launched what will be the most important public event of 2017 for rural, regional and remote health.
A World of Rural Health will bring together rural and remote health consumers, clinicians, managers and researchers from across the world's developed nations. Combining Australia's National Rural Health Conference and the international conference on rural family medicine, this unique event will be held in Cairns from 26 April to 3 May 2017.
It will confirm Australia's place as one of the leaders of the international rural and remote health community, while enabling international learning and exchanges. Rural health systems in countries like Canada, South Africa, the United States, New Zealand and parts of Europe face many of the same challenges, including workforce mal-distribution, mental health, and improving the health and wellbeing of their Indigenous peoples.
A World of Rural Health will focus on the multi-disciplinary rural health care team, and include information updates on rural family medicine and rural generalism. The event's proceedings over eight days will result in change proposals for the governments and health system managers of the countries involved.
The launch was addressed by Shadow Assistant Minister for Health Stephen Jones, ACRRM CEO Marita Cowie and NRHA CEO Gordon Gregory.
Read more: www.aworldofruralhealth.org.au