6th RRHS Symposium will explore current research in rural and remote health

  • Rural & Remote Health Scientific Symposium

The 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, Outback Infront, is being held in Canberra on 11-12 April 2018 and registration is now open. With its sights fixed on the future, the Symposium program will reflect the breadth and depth of current research in the rural and remote health sector today.

The Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, has been invited to open the Symposium.

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner, and Melbourne Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor, Head of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne, will set the scene for the Symposium and the future of rural health research in Australia.

Emeritus Professor Lesley Barclay will lead a panel of experienced researchers including Lucie Walters, Judi Walker, Dennis McDermott, David Lyle and Ross Bailie on the history of rural and remote health research.

Professors John Humphreys and John Wakerman will present a session on The rural and remote health policy impasse: why hasn’t research evidence generated policies to improve rural and remote health services?

Day Two will start with a plenary session on Closing the Gap with presentations from Professor Alan Cass, Menzies School of Health Research; Dr Judith Katzenellenbogen, University of Western Australia; and Professor Tom Calma, Chairman Ninti One and Chancellor, University of Canberra.

The closing session will focus on how we resource access and equity in rural health. It will include a presentation from Professor Leonie Segal, University of South Australia, on the role for economics in studies of rural and remote health, followed by Claire Sparke from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, who will discuss progress in small area reporting of disease, and health service provision and coordination. There will also be a panel discussion on research and the development of the rural health workforce led by Professor Jenny May, Director, Department of Rural Health, University of Newcastle.

The program will feature two Rogano sessions to generate scholarly debate on current research projects. The popular five-minute Lightning Talk presentations, which highlight the work of early career rural health researchers, will return. There will also be a range of general and poster presentations.

Registration is now open at www.ruralhealth.org.au/6rrhss and a detailed program will be available in early December.

The Symposium will be hosted by the National Rural Health Alliance and sponsors include: CQ University, Charles Sturt University, Deakin University, Flinders University, Griffith University, Southern Queensland University, University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong and the Rural Workforce Agency Network. 

There are still sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available. For further information visit the Symposium website or phone the Alliance Conference team on 02 6285 4660. 

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