Symposium set to discuss the rural and remote health policy impasse

13 March 2018

From 11-12 April 2018, Australia’s leading rural and remote health researchers will congregate in Canberra for the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium: Outback Infront.  

The Symposium will take stock of the many milestones that have taken place in the two decades that have passed since the establishment of the first University Department of Rural Health. Leading researchers and practitioners will also seek to explore how research and evidence can be translated into the generation of policy to improve health services and outcomes for the seven million people living in rural and remote Australia.

The day one plenary session entitled ‘The rural and remote health policy impasse: why hasn’t research evidence generated policies to improve rural and remote health services?’ will be Chaired by Emeritus Professor John Humphreys (Monash University), Professor John Wakerman (Flinders NT), Adjunct Professor Bob Wells (University of Technology, Sydney), Associate Professor Sue Lenthall (Flinders NT) and Professor Paul Worley, Australia's National Rural Health Commissioner.

Mark Diamond, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, believes that such discussions are crucial to the formulation of a new National Rural and Remote Health Strategy:

“There is a substantial body of research which provides an evidence base for knowing what service models work best in country areas. The Alliance is working towards the establishment of a cohesive framework – with research at its foundation – to enable this evidence to be systematically and coherently brought into practice, focusing on proven pathways and models of care to improve health outcomes for people living in rural and remote Australia.”

The Symposium is being convened by the National Rural Health Alliance in partnership with the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN), the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME), and the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS). 

A full program, along with speaker biographies and summaries, is available at

Media Enquiries: 

Interested media representatives are invited to attend the Symposium. 

For further information and to arrange interviews with our speakers, please contact Conference Manager, Leanne Coleman on 02 6285 4660.