Registration open and speakers announced for 8th Rural & Remote Health Scientific Symposium

12 August 2021

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) says the most important focus for rural health is strengthening the connection between research, practice and communities to improve the health outcomes of people living in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.

This is the theme of the 8th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium on 6 and 7 October, bringing together rural health researchers, research clinicians, research students, policymakers and community leaders.

“Regardless of the current COVID-19 environment we need to ensure that the significant rural health research activity in Australia involves rural and remote communities, not only to achieve genuine impact, but to ensure this research translates to more equitable rural health services,” said Alliance CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane. 

The Symposium is a key platform for leveraging the latest science that supports better health outcomes for the seven-million people who live and work in rural and remote areas.

“Australia has a strong network of rural health researchers, universities, professional bodies and practices, which is why we are excited to announce CRANAplus, the Australian Rural Health Education Network and the University of Southern Queensland as sponsors for the Symposium,” Dr O’Kane said.

The Symposium features prominent and engaging keynote speakers, and highlights research on important topics such as digital health and technologies; promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing; cultural safety; mental health; health systems, policies and access; workforce and career pathways; maternal and child health; and research in the COVID era.

Registration is now open for the Symposium program, which includes keynote speakers:

  • Professor Tom Calma AO
  • Professor Mary-Louise McLaws
  • Associate Professor Adrienne O’Neil
  • Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer.

The National Rural Health Alliance runs the 8th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in conjunction with the Australian Rural Health Education Network, the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators and the Lowitja Institute.