Today marks one month before the 13th National Rural Health Conference starts in Darwin on Sunday 24 May. The Darwin Convention Centre will host more than 1,000 delegates from across the rural and remote health community who will hear from a range of prominent speakers and over 200 papers delivered in 10 concurrent streams over three days.
The theme of the 13th National Rural Health Conference is People, Places, Possibilities. The aim of the Conference is to highlight how, through the People spread across the widespread Places of rural and remote Australia, the Possibilities of a strong and positive future can be maximised.
“Although the health and socio-economic challenges for people living in rural and remote communities are well-known, there is also a strength of spirit, innovation and community that is to be celebrated”, said Gordon Gregory, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).
“People in the rural and remote health community are renowned for their dedication and hard work but they also like to have a good time and to foster strong and lasting friendships. The 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin will be three days of solid work for delegates as they exchange information on the latest developments across all areas of rural and remote health. But it is also a place for some good times, with Conference delegates catching up with friends and enjoying the extensive social program”.
The opening plenary session on Sunday 24 May (4pm) will begin with a Welcome to Country from Larrakia Nation and delegates will hear presentations from Senator Fiona Nash, Assistant Federal Minister for Health, and John Elfernick, Northern Territory Minister for Health. Shellie Morris, NT Australian of the Year 2014, will give an opening performance and Dr Carol Reeve (Centre for Remote Health) will share insights from her national and international health career on the challenge of providing fair care.
The opening session is typical of the rich experience the keynote speakers are bringing to the Conference across seven plenary sessions. Other keynote speakers include Rob Knowles, Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission, Amanda Vanstone, Chair of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Bruce Bonyhady, Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency. Coupled with the paper, poster and arts presentations, a broad multidisciplinary program is on offer for all delegates.
If you are interested in attending the Conference you can register at http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/13nrhc/register or call NRHA on (02) 6285 4660.
Gordon Gregory – Chief Executive: 02 6285 4660
Tim Kelly – Chairperson: 0438 011 383
Leanne Coleman – Conference Manager: 02 6285 4660