The Caring for Country Kids program has now been published and contains full speaker details for all plenary and concurrent sessions from Sunday, 17 April 2016 to Tuesday, 19 April 2016.  Stay in touch with this page to keep up-to-date with program changes.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Pat Anderson, Chair, The Lowitja Institute;
  • Kerry Arabena, Director and Chair of Indigenous Health, Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit;
  • Lindsay Cane, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Far West
  • Dianne Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
  • Ewen McPhee, President Rural Doctors Association of Australia;
  • Frank Oberklaid, Director, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital;
  • June Oscar and Emily Carter,  Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre, Fitzroy Crossing, WA;
  • Nigel Stewart, Paediatrician, Port Augusta, SA;
  • Michael Williams, Director Child and Adolescent Health, Mackay Hospital and Health Service; and
  • Kylie Stothers, Indigenous Allied Health Australia, Katherine, NT.


Concurrent session topics include:

  • Closing the (ear health) gap;
  • Care for rural kids;
  • Kids with chronic/complex care needs;
  • Telehealth;
  • Closing the Gap: rheumatic heart disease;
  • Disability;
  • Early intervention;
  • Parenting in rural and remote areas;
  • Improving children’s oral health;
  • Improving care for vulnerable children;
  • Child and adolescent mental health;
  • Support for paediatric health care providers;
  • Closing the gap in oral health;
  • Paediatric palliative care; and
  • Children’s nutrition.


We hope to see you in Alice Springs in April.

For full details of all speakers and sessions View PDF program here

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