Minister Roxon to hear 11th Conference recommendations

08 March 2011

Minister Roxon to hear 11th Conference recommendations
Health Minister Nicola Roxon will give the closing address to the 11th National Rural Health Conference in Perth next Wednesday (March 16), at which time she will hear about the priority recommendations for action agreed by delegates.
“There are high expectations of the Gillard Government’s ‘action year’ on health reform, and the Conference will be another opportunity for the rural and remote health sector to indicate its priorities,” said Jenny May, Chair of the Alliance.
“There will be a lot of interest among delegates in Perth in recent decisions on hospital funding and Medicare Locals, as well as the wide range of other issues being dealt with. It’s traditional for the National Rural Health Conference to end with a set of agreed recommendations and we’re delighted that Nicola Roxon will again be there to hear something of them.”
This biennial event provides a valuable snapshot of issues running in the bush – both the successes and the outstanding challenges – and it brings together rural and remote health consumers, clinicians, researchers and managers from right around the nation.
All those at the conference are encouraged to submit recommendations for other delegates to consider, with an emphasis on feasible, affordable actions that will improve health and health service equity for people in rural and remote areas. From presentations foreshadowed it is apparent that the recommendations in Perth will include a focus on rural mental health, on preventing disease, innovation in workforce programs and ways in which technology can help support quality lifestyles in more remote areas.
Before the Minister’s address, the final plenary session will consider some of the personal, community and health sector lessons from the recent spate of natural disasters in Australia.
The Conference’s principal sponsor is the Western Australian Department of Health - with beyondblue among its other supporters. There will be a significant conference exhibition, arts and health activities managed through WA Country Arts, and a Night at the Theatre featuring a piece on depression by Alan Hopgood. There are over 1,000 people registered.