Media Release

Building on 20 years of rural and remote health research

09 August 2017

Research plays a leading role in improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia and the call for abstracts is now open for presentations to the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, to be held in Canberra, 11-12 April 2018.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from researchers whose work can contribute to better health and wellbeing for the 7 million people of rural and remote Australia.

The Symposium’s theme is Outback Infront, 20 years of rural and remote health research.  It is being designed to bring together emerging researchers with those who have led Australia's rural health research efforts over the past 20 years.  This will provide an opportunity to build on and challenge existing knowledge through new thinking and new research agendas, and help pass the baton to the new generation of rural and remote health researchers.

The critical challenge in the sector is to undertake research and knowledge transfer activities that have the potential to transform health outcomes and service delivery in rural and remote Australia.

The program will be relevant to established and emerging researchers in all settings: whether working as policy makers, as clinicians, with rural workforce agencies, as health service managers or in the university sector.  Quantitative and qualitative researchers from all such sectors will be able to share and contrast their approaches and plan their future collaboration.

A range of presentation styles will be used at the Symposium, including 5-minute Lightning Talks and Rogano sessions.  These are facilitated presentations that involve delegates in critical conversations and scholarly debate on current projects, with a view to outlining specific issues or dilemmas presenters are having with their research.

The 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium is being organised by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) in collaboration with the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN), the Federation of Rural Medical Educators (FRAME) and the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS).

For details on the call for abstracts, registration, the program and other information, visit the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium website.

The call for abstracts closes on 30 September 2017.

Media Release Contact Info: 

David Butt, CEO, NRHA:  02 6285 4660
Leanne Coleman, Conference Manager:  02 6285 4660