About 45 per cent of those who attended the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin completed an evaluation form, either in hard copy before they left the Convention Centre or online when they got home. This is a good response by any standard and shows again the high level of engagement of those in the remote and rural health sector.
Analysis of the feedback will be reported soon. In the meantime, from delegates' registration information, some basic facts are already known. Of the 1,090 who declared the jurisdiction from which they came, 27% from the Northern Territory, 20% were from New South Wales, 16% from both Queensland and Victoria, and 5% from both South Australia and Western Australia.
Delegates were also asked to nominate their profession. The results are confounded by the fact that some people declared membership in more than one group. Some 17% described themselves as academics and researchers, 10% were health managers and 10% nurses and midwives, 9% were allied health professionals, and the same proportion were non-government organisation workers, and the same proportion were students, while 8% were general practitioners and 7% public servants.
There were 87 people who indicated they were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
610 delegates indicated that Darwin was their first National Rural Health Conference and 23 of the 258 concurrent speakers were presenting for the first time.
There were 286 speakers on the 13th Conference program comprising 30 keynote speakers, 258 concurrent speakers, 19 international speakers and 33 poster presenters.