With all of the focus in health policy currently stuck on one single issue relating to Medicare, it is timely to have a detailed 'spot check' of how things are going for health and health services in remote and rural Australia.
The 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin begins in 12 weeks' time and will be a wonderful opportunity for such an update. It will bring together around a thousand people with an interest in rural and remote health and will include keynote addresses and concurrent papers on a wide range of issues.
The full program for the Conference is now published on the NRHA website: http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/13nrhc/program
Four days of activity kick off with a number of pre-conference events in the Convention Centre on Sunday 24 May. The opening session of the main conference (4.00pm) has been organised jointly by Larrakia Nation and the NRHA. They will then hand over the reins to conference MC Charlie King, ABC sports broadcaster and recent recipient of an Order of Australia Medal for his Indigenous community work.
“A range of keynote speakers across many fields will be sharing their knowledge and expertise for the betterment of rural and remote health and wellbeing”, said Gordon Gregory, CEO of the National Rural Health Conference.
“We have a National Mental Health Commissioner, Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency, Chair of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Director of the Menzies School of Health, and a host of others – all contributing to discussion of the People, Places and Possibilities in rural and remote Australia”.
With the Conference being held in Darwin, the opportunity has been taken to include a dedicated international session that will focus on how to provide appropriate health services in resource-constrained environments. Overseas keynote speakers will include Stevenson Kuartei, former Palau Health Minister and Head of Palau Health Foundation, and Clement Malau from Divine World University in Madang.
Some 250 presenters will be sharing their experiences and insights in five concurrent sessions over three days. There are also arts-and-health events and delegates can join a bus tour to Nauiyu community or sit and yarn with singer/songwriter and 2014 NT Australian of the Year, Shellie Morris.
You can register at http://ruralhealth.org.au/13nrhc/register.
Gordon Gregory – Chief Executive Officer: 02 6285 4660
Leanne Coleman – Conference Manager: 02 6285 4660