Are you in the frontline of rural health services research and evaluation?

22 August 2014

Do you want some support in clarifying your research question?

  • Engaging with your research users to inform your research direction?
  • Finding out whether your research topic is fundable?
  • Writing the proposal and navigating ethics?
  • Accessing national data sets to inform your research?
  • Linking big and small data sets for geo-spatial mapping and analysis?
  • Sharing your findings?

The 4th Rural and Remote Scientific Symposium is your source of information and advice. Make the time to join with colleagues in working with leading policy makers and researchers at Old Parliament House in Canberra, 2-3 September.

The Symposium will bring together experienced and early career rural and remote health researchers to strengthen the value of their work by building stronger relationships with national data agencies and policy makers. This is your opportunity to talk about the contemporary data needs of rural and remote health researchers and service providers.

A combination of informative plenary sessions and interactive workshops will give you the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your research interests in depth. Sessions will include consideration of the new health biomarkers available from the National Health Survey; the role of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the role of data linkage projects. Networking sessions, including a dinner at Old Parliament House, will give you the time to engage informally with speakers and colleagues to explore potential linkages and collaborations.

Key speakers include:

  • David Hansen, CEO of the Australian e-Health Research Centre
  • Robyn Aitken, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer with NT Health
  • David Butt, CEO, National Mental Health Commission
  • Chris Carlisle, Assistant Secretary, Medical Benefits Division, Department of Health
  • Louise Gates, Director of the Health Section of the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • David Perkins, Editor, Australian Journal of Rural Health

The 4th biennial Rural and Remote Scientific Symposium is being organised by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI); the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHCRIS); the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN); and the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

The 4RRHSS program is available at

To register, visit

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