ANU’s APHCRI to partner with 12th Rural Health Conference

06 February 2013

The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) at the Australian National University is partnering with the NRHA in the 12th National Rural Health Conference.

APHCRI is a Silver Sponsor for this important biennial event.

Bob Wells, APHCRI Director, said that while all eight of the Institute’s Centres of Research Excellence (CREs) are engaged in work that is relevant to rural and remote areas, two of them are dealing specifically with rural issues and a third with Indigenous primary care and chronic disease. APHCRI has also undertaken and commissioned many research projects of relevance to rural communities, including in relation to health workforce and sustainable health services.

“Our presence at the Conference in Adelaide will be a great opportunity to report on some of our work to leaders of the rural and remote health sector and to engage with those who have a direct interest in translation of findings into improvements in the field,” Mr Wells said.

The Australian Primary Health Care research Institute is funded through a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

A thousand people are expected at the Conference in the Adelaide Convention Centre, 7-10 April. Over 250 of the delegates will be presenting papers in concurrent sessions on a wide range of topics of current importance to rural health and wellbeing.

Keynote speakers will include Louise Sylvan, CEO of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, and Mick Reid, reporting on a collaborative inter-state approach to the provision of health services in remote areas.

Robyn Brogan, from north-west Tasmania, will talk about choices for older people in rural and regional areas, and Sue Middleton, COAG Reform Councillor and 2010 RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year, will describe some of the progress in rural areas under the National Healthcare Agreement.

The full conference program is available at

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