NT Chief Minister welcomes Flying Doctor & National Rural Health Alliance to Darwin for National Conference

21 April 2015

With the help of the Flying Doctor, Darwin will play host to 1000 rural health professionals attending the 13th National Rural Health Conference

The conference is being held from 24-27 May at the Darwin Convention Centre with a focus on improving rural health across Australia. 

“The National Rural Health Alliance considers it a privilege to host this Conference and we are especially privileged that the RFDS is Chief Partner for this important event" Gordon Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of the NRHA said.

“The RFDS has been servicing the top end for decades”, says Martin Laverty, CEO of the RFDS Federation, “so it is only fitting that we assist to bring Australia’s best health professionals to Darwin to discuss rural health issues.

“Though the RFDS is known for aeromedical retrieval, we are more than a Flying Doctor and provide GP and nurse clinics, telehealth, dental care, mental health programs, mobile patient care and healthy living & wellness programs.”

At Parliament House today, the Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles welcomed both the National Rural Health Alliance and Royal Flying Doctor Service to Darwin.

“It’s a great honour for Darwin to be hosting this prestigious conference. I wish the 1000 delegates attending a productive conference dealing with important health issues facing our community, especially in our regions.  I hope they’ll also find time to visit some of our fantastic Territory Tourism attractions while they’re here,” Mr Giles said.

Recent research commissioned by the RFDS, details that death rates in remote areas are thirty five percent higher than in cities, and life expectancy of country people is two years shorter than those in the city.

Country people see doctors half as often as city people, specialists a third as often, and mental health services a fifth as often.   

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.

The Conference is an opportunity for rural and remote health consumers, 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. 

The highlight of which is the presentation of a set of agreed policy recommendations to the Commonwealth Government on the final day of the Conference.

To view the broad range of speakers and topics on offer in Darwin you can download the Conference program at www.ruralhealth.org.au/13nrhc/program

Media Release Contact Info: 

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