Calling rural and remote health researchers

  • 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

The 5th National Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, to be held in Canberra on 6-7 September, will be an opportunity for rural and remote health researchers from all over the country to learn, network and exchange ideas.

Seasoned researchers John Wakerman, Lesley Barclay, Jane Farmer, Dennis McDermott, Ross Bailie and Carol Davy, among others, will talk about their work and provide an opportunity for discussion around issues raised.

The Symposium will also provide opportunities for early career researchers to present in a series of Lightning talks, allowing five minutes to describe their research.

The Symposium will include presentations from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Department of Health describing what is new, useful and exciting in their worlds of data and data infrastructure. Both the ABS and the AIHW will discuss the latest in data linkage.

One key aim of the Symposium is to provide an opportunity for researchers from geographically separated locations to network with each other and to share their research.

Key themes include doing better Indigenous and remote health research, and doing better health services research. We are particularly looking forward to discussions around remote health research, including from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

The program also includes a focus on data and data infrastructure, Primary Health Networks and their research and data needs, the Department of Health’s views on rural health research, and a discussion of the future of rural health research.
The Symposium will be preceded on 5 September by a Knowledge Exchange Insights Workshop run by the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS).
To see the event program and to register, visit

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