Inspire, Imagine & Innovate in Perth this September!

  • 17th National Rural Health Conference Early Bird registrations close 30 June
National Rural Health Alliance

The 17th National Rural Health Conference will be the place to be this September!

Registration is now open for this year’s largest rural health event in Australia. This is the only conference that brings together people from across the country and across all disciplines face-to-face – everyone with an interest in rural health will be there!

Inspiring Keynotes

As a conference delegate you will be welcomed by the Hon Emma McBride, Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Health before Yemi Penn, global thought leader, will ignite your Rebellious Curiosity at an individual, team and organisational level. An engineer by profession, entrepreneur by passion, Yemi fuses analytical thinking with creativity to produce superior outcomes. She is an advocate for challenging status quo, being a disruptor in all industries to bring about innovative and sometimes radical change. Yemi will inspire you to use your imagination in ways you hadn’t dreamed and set the tone for the three days of the conference.

With more than 200 concurrent sessions and workshops across ten streams, you will be spoiled for choice to hear from experts showcasing the latest innovations in rural workforce, education, aged care, mental health, disaster planning, infections and allergies, primary care, digital and telehealth and much more. Our concurrent streams highlight the diversity of rural health care across Australia.

Monday afternoon plenary session will be rounded out with two incredible keynote speakers – each with different perspectives on rural health.

Timmy Duggan OAM, is the founder and director of Hoops 4 Health, an Indigenous owned and operated community enterprise that provides early intervention to young people in the Northern Territory. Timmy will inspire you with his story of how he has combined his passion for basketball with leading-edge trauma informed neuroscience to work with young people on Larrakia Country in the Northern Territory for the past 23 years. 

Timmy will be followed by GP and best-selling author, Dr Sonia Henry, who is passionate about the welfare of rural doctors. Her second book, Put Your Feet in the Dirt, Girl, is a memoir of working as a GP in remote Australia. She is a champion for remote medicine, health equity for people who live outside of metropolitan Australia and First Nations health and will round out the keynote speakers on Monday, 16 September.

Both Timmy and Sonia will be available to chat with at the Welcome Reception on Monday evening. This reception will also give you a chance to catch up with old friends, as well as make some new ones.

International Indigenous Health Care Keynote

Tuesday morning will kick off with our international keynote speaker, April Kyle, President and CEO of the Southcentral Foundation (SCF) in Alaska. April, who is of Athabascan descent, will engage audiences with the story of Southcentral Foundation’s two-time Malcolm Baldrige Award-winning Nuka System of Care, a customer-owned system that provides health care and related services for approximately 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people. Nuka has earned national and international recognition for the quality of care it provides. April speaks nationally and internationally about whole system transformation, behavioural health, leadership and innovation in healthcare. This is a session you will want to get up early for!

Make sure you take some time on Tuesday between concurrent sessions to grab a coffee from the Royal Flying Doctors Service coffee cart or relax in the chat and charge lounge in the exhibition hall. The exhibition hall will host more than 80 exhibitors as well as the poster display which should not be missed.

Tuesday afternoon’s plenary session will give you plenty to think about and talk about over the conference dinner, sponsored by HESTA, that follows. Grant Dusting, social researcher and the Director of Strategy at McCrindle will highlight the latest rural workforce research, talk about how to respond strategically to current and future trends and what organisations should be thinking about when it comes to Generations Z and Alpha in the workforce. Grant will be followed by a conversation with two Victorian health care professionals who have developed an innovative program to ‘Grow their own’ at Wangaratta Hospital.

Arts & Health

Our popular Arts & Health stream will be back, bigger than ever this year. Showcasing incredible Western Australian artists and providing hands-on entertainment for those who want to be involved.

Closing with a bang

And you will want to stay until the closing session of this conference – don’t book your flight home early! In this Olympic year, hear from our mystery keynote speaker who has worn green and gold to represent their country. Their story is one of imagination, innovation and resilience and will have you leaving the conference and returning home invigorated and inspired to approach your work with new energy.

Register now and join us in Perth!

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