Scientific Symposium in Alice Springs shaping the future of rural and remote health

  • 7th Rural and Remote Sientific Symposium

Building on the success of past Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposiums, rural and remote health researchers are preparing to shape the future of the delivery of health services in rural and remote Australia.

The 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium will be held in Alice Springs on 25 and 26 May 2020, and will provide an opportunity for rural health experts to share insights and learn from current research that will transform health service delivery in years to come.

The Symposium program will include updates on research in critical areas such as: the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; innovations that have impacted in the field of rural, regional and remote health; translating research into practice; digital health and technology; reducing rural health inequalities (including adoption of ideas from other sectors); data systems to inform development; successful models and service designs and the future workforce; strategies for addressing ecological and social challenges; evaluation and implementation science; and the contribution of University Departments of Rural Health and Rural Clinical Schools to the changing face of research and education.

It is not too late to submit an abstract for a potential spot on the program. The abstract portal is currently open and will remain open until 30 September 2019. All we need is 500 words about your presentation and how your research will help shape the future delivery of health care in rural and remote Australia.

The purpose of the Symposium is to bring together the rural and remote health research sector, including policy makers and others in the government and non-government sectors to discuss current research and future needs.

The program will include general presentations, high quality keynote speakers, a series of short lightning talks, and poster presentations from emerging and active researchers. The program will also see the return of the popular Rogano session which facilitated critical conversations and scholarly debate on current research issues or dilemmas (the Rogano call for abstracts will open on 13 January 2020 - the Symposium website gives details of the Rogano timeline).

As part of the National Rural Health Alliance’s continuing commitment to build capacity in the rural and remote health research sector, emerging and early-career researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts and attend the event.

Successful presenters will receive notification by the end of October and registration will open in November 2019.

Abstract guidelines can be found at  

The Symposium Advisory Committee is currently finalising the plenary sessions. The following keynote speakers have been confirmed, but there are still more to come:

  • Dr Jaqui Hughes, nephrologist and National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Professor Louise Maple-Brown, Senior Principal Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research
  • Dr Danny Tsai, Aboriginal Medical Service pharmacist, Pharmacy Department, Alice Springs Hospital
  • Ms Donna Ah Chee, Chief Executive Officer, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation
  • Professor Anthony Capon, Professor of Planetary Health, University of Sydney
  • Professor Pierre Horwitz, Professor of Environmental Science, Edith Cowan University

The National Rural Health Alliance will host the Symposium in partnership with the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN), the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME), and the Lowitja Institute.

Sponsors currently include: The University of Melbourne; Three Rivers UDRH; CQ University Australia; and Flinders University. If you would like to join them in supporting the Symposium, contact the Alliance on 02 6285 4660 or [email protected]




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