Who should attend?

The 13th National Rural Health Conference is for all who care about improving the health and wellbeing of the people of rural, regional and remote Australia. That includes the more than 6.7 million who live in those areas, as well as the many who work with and for country people but are based in the major cities.

Whatever your interest in healthy, sustainable and resilient rural communities, the NRHA would like to invite you to the Darwin Convention Centre from 24-27 May 2015. Whether you are a consumer, a health professional, a researcher or a manager, you will be able to engage at the Conference with subjects and people of interest to you.

It’s a health conference, but one that recognises the broad determinants of health and the critical role played in rural and remote health and wellbeing by education, rural industries and a wide range of other sectors and professions. So the Conference will have plenty for rural citizens and those working in rural education, regional development, housing, local government, community services, transport and infrastructure – as well as for health professionals from all disciplines.

The characteristics of smaller and more remote communities pose particular challenges for the delivery of publicly-funded services such as in health and education. And the economic markets on which the private sector depends are 'thin', with small numbers of producers and consumers, so that market mechanisms often fail to deliver.

Come and share your views with other People from other Places about the endless Possibilities in rural and remote areas. Hear up-to-date reports on rural health research and service models that are working well, from both experienced and up-and-coming researchers and policy makers.  Hear the latest views on meeting health workforce challenges.  Talk with people about Medicare Locals, Local Health and Hospital Networks and health promotion in more remote areas. And share the experiences you have about rural education, patients' transport and accommodation, and care for the elderly.

What contribution can you make to meeting the challenge of equal health for the people of rural Australia by 2020?