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Film screening: By my hand

By My Hand

Directed by Luke Campbell, Second Echo

Premiered at DARK MOFO 2018, toured to Finland November 2018, highlighted at 15th National Rural Health Conference.

Jenny May presenting the Priority Recommendations

Chair of the Conference Recommendations Committee, Jenny May, reporting on the final Priority Recommendations.


Performance by Mature Artists Dance Experience

The Frock, by Graeme Murphy, performed by Mature Artists Dance Experience.


Welcome to Country

Welcome to Country by the palawa people of lutruwita (Tasmania)

Welcome from Lord Mayor, Councillor Anna Reynolds

Lord Mayor, Councillor Anna Reynolds

RED, by Liz Lea

Liz Lea's performance of RED, is a poignant, riotous and ultimately triumphant exploration of one women’s story through illness and recovery.

RED explores Liz Lea’s journey and experiences with Endometriosis. She had the disease for 20 years as she created and toured her work internationally. Returning to Australia she needed a bowel reconstruction – all of which could have been avoided had she paid attention to her body and her body’s needs.

RED challenges laughter, relief and tenacity. Let Liz Lea get you in touch with your mischievous self in this new and captivating work about the temporal workings of the body.


‘Better together!’ by Josh Arnold and the Conference Choir!

Josh Arnold and Conference choir
Josh Arnold and primary school choir


Cooee!  One of the highlights of the Conference was the performance of the Conference choir performing ‘Better Together’ with The Outback Fella, Josh Arnold and the children from Risdon Vale Primary School and Dunalley Primary Schools in Tasmania!

Travelling to Tasmania - take the Spirit of Tasmania!

Access to Tasmania is by plane or ferry.

Four airlines fly to Hobart and the airport is just 15 minutes’ drive (15 km) from the city centre. If you need assistance with  your travel and/or accommodation contact TravelMakers who have a range of discounted accommodation rates available for delegates.

Delegates may also wish to sail to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania.  Daily trips from Melbourne to Devonport are available and you can even take your car!

The Spirit of Tasmania is offerning discounted fares for Conference delegates - for information visit their website.

Meet the Conference MCs - #bettertogether

Janine Mohamed
Janine is a proud Narrunga Kaurna woman from South Australia and the former CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Nurses and Midwives. Janine has over 20 years experience in nursing, management, workforce and health policy, and project management in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.


Joe O’Malley
Joe is a rural pharmacist from Ulverstone, Tasmania. He has a long association with the National Rural Health Alliance representing Rural Pharmacists Australia on the Alliance Council.  Joe is looking forward to welcoming delegates to his home State of Tasmania.

Keynote speakers: Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi

Don't miss this inspirng presentation by co-founders of Orange Sky - Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi.

'Better together – positively connecting communities'

Visit their website


While in Hobart....

Under Down Under Tours is pleased to offer 15th National Rural Health Conference delegates a discount on a range of their tours, including a delegate-only tour on the Sunday (24 March 2019).

Visit the 'What to do in Tasmania' page for details.

Recommendations via the Sharing Shed

One of the highlights of the Conference is the development of a set of policy recommendations to help guide the rural health policy agenda in Australia for the following two years.

Delegates will be able to make recommendations through the Sharing Shed, an online portal where delegates can submit a recommendation, suggest new ideas, comment on the proposals and vote for their favourite options. The Recommendations Committee, led by Jenny May, Tamworth GP and former National Rural Health Alliance Chair, will review recommendations in the Sharing Shed and present the final priority recommendations to the Health Minister on the Conference's final day.