University of Wollongong supports community engaged research

04 August 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance is pleased to welcome The University of Wollongong's School of Medicine as a sponsor of the 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium.

The Symposium is a biennial opportunity for researchers, health service managers and policy makers to discuss the current status of rural and remote health research and is being held in Canberra on 6/7 September 2016.  This year's Symposium comes at a time when there is strong tension between budget constraint and growing understanding of the deficiencies currently facing Australia's rural and remote health sector.

One of the four streams through which the University of Wollongong's School of Medicine encourages community engagement and public participation is 'community engaged research' and this reflects the focus of the 5th Symposium.  To be effective and to feed into new policies and programs, rural and remote health research has to be locally-relevant, locally-managed and include engagement with communities at all stages.

The University of Wollongong's School of Medicine is multidisciplinary and includes the Graduate School of Medicine, Indigenous Health, Medical and Exercise Science, and Nutrition and Dietetics. Based in Wollongong, the Graduate School of Medicine has hubs in ten rural centres around NSW, and has been developed specifically to produce medical graduates with the skills and the desire to contribute to the health care of people in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Speakers at the Symposium include Jane Farmer, John Wakerman and Lesley Barclay. Symposium participants will also hear from Louise Gates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Lynelle Moon from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and Paul Cutting from the Workforce Division of the Department of Health.

A special session on research and evidence relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health will be led by Dennis McDermott from the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Adelaide, Alasdair Vance from the University of Melbourne, and Carol Davy and Elaine Kite from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute’s Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit.

Details about the Symposium, including the program, speakers and how to register are available on the Symposium website at:

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