Northern Territory Government to be Principal Sponsor of 13th National Rural Health Conference

19 December 2014

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is pleased to confirm the Northern Territory Government as Principal Sponsor of the 13th National Rural Health Conference to be held in Darwin, 24-27 May 2015. The preliminary program for the Conference is now available and early-bird registration is open until the end of January 2015.  Visit 

"The National Rural Health Conference is the nation’s largest event for people who want to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live in rural, regional and remote Australia. Around one thousand delegates are expected to share their experiences andcontribute to the development of priority policy recommendations for better health," said Gordon Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of the NRHA.

The Conference is an opportunity for rural and remote health consumers and students, clinicians, researchers, policy makers and health service managers to come together to discuss the ways forward for better health and wellbeing in rural and remote areas. A number of the papers to be presented will focus on the Northern Territory itself, which can be proud of its achievements in remote health.

“The Northern Territory is a world leader in terms of overcoming some of the challenges of delivering health services to remote and very remote communities in a resource-constrained environment," said Gordon Gregory.

It has been the leader in the provision and use of eHealth and has for a long time had funding formulae which go some way to allowing for the extra costs of delivering services to people in more remote areas. The NT has also a record of excellence in establishing systems for improved chronic disease management, and advancement in Closing the Gap in relation to adult Indigenous mortality.

The Flinders NT Medical Program, which will graduate doctors fully trained in the NT for the first time this year, is jointly funded by the NT administration and the Australian Government.

 “Given the geographic proximity of Darwin to our regional neighbours, the Conference is having a dedicated plenary session on ‘Places in our Region’", Mr Gregory said. This will be the first time this biennial event has focused on exchanging learning and support with countries to our immediate north.

If you have any questions about the 13thConference or would like to discuss specific arrangements to meet the needs of your organisation, please contact us.

Media Enquiries: 

Gordon Gregory – Chief Executive Officer:     02 6285 4660
Leanne Coleman – Conference Manager:       02 6285 4660