7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium may be a virtual experience

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National Rural Health Alliance

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, arrangements for the 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium have changed.

We will no longer be gathering in Alice Springs on 25-26 May 2020.

We are currently considering various options for acquitting the purposes of the Symposium and for using the asset provided by the presentations being prepared by some 60 rural health researchers.

One option is to make the presentations available on the Symposium website and possibly publishing them through virtual events on particular themes. Our first virtual session may be with the three speakers who were scheduled to give the opening keynote addresses:

The big picture – global and population health

Professor Anthony Capon, Director, Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University

Professor Pierre Horwitz, Prof of Environmental Sciences, Edith Cowan University
Ecological determinants and environmental alliances for regional health (and sustainability)

Dr Laura Weyrich, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Penn State Ancient Biomolecules Research Environment, Pennsylvania State University, USA
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander microbiome reflects long term connection to country

Facilitated by Professor John Wakerman, Professor of Remote and Rural Health Services Research, Menzies School of Health Research

Please let us know your views. It may be that you are focusing only on your personal response to the pandemic (like learning to work from home) or that you feel consideration of rural health research issues not related to the pandemic should be set aside for a while.

Whatever use we make of the Symposium's papers, it is already clear that COVID-19 will transform the online and social media landscape. It is an exciting time for further development of the Alliance’s virtual capabilities, with so many creative people in various sectors and professions making the internet a still more contested space.

If you use Twitter you can keep in touch with Symposium matters using #7rrhss.

Keep up-to-date with Symposium developments at www.ruralhealth.org.au/7rrhss

Thank you to our sponsors:

Three Rivers UDRH

The University of Melbourne

Flinders University

CQUniversity Australia

University of Tasmania

ACEM Australasian Colege For Emergency Medicine

Griffith University Queensland Australia

University of Southern Queensland

Rural Workforce Agencies

University Of Wollongong

Deakin University, School of Medicine

University of Queensland

Charles Sturt University

The Symposium is brought to you by the National Rural Health Alliance, the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN), the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME), and the Lowitja Institute.

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