Speakers announced for 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Leading rural health researchers from around Australia are preparing to participate in the 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in Canberra, on 6 and 7 September 2016.  The Symposium is an opportunity for a dynamic line-up of leading researchers and policy makers to meet to discuss ways to improve our knowledge and understanding of rural and remote health.

The Symposium will explore innovative research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health including researchers’ efforts to promote translation of research into policy and practice.  Another key theme covered during the Symposium is how health systems and services can be informed by research in a dynamic reform environment.

Leading researchers presenting include:  Professor Dennis McDermott, Poche Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellbeing, Flinders University; Emeritus Professor Lesley Barclay from the University Centre for Rural Health, Sydney; and Professor Jane Farmer, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor, Research College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University. 

There will be a range of 'Lightning Talks' sessions which are short and sharp five minute presentations with only one slide allowed!  Such talks are a fantastic way of generating energy and engaging delegates around a challenging range of ideas.

In addition, representatives from the national data agencies like the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Department of Health will update delegates on the latest data and information developments, including a discussion of recent progress in data linkage.

The Symposium will again provide an excellent opportunity for Australia’s rural health researchers to come together to share the latest research findings, learn from each other and discuss the future role of rural health research in Australia. 

Registration is now open via www.ruralhealth.org.au/symposium2016