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01 Feb 2019

The 15th National Rural Health Conference is a biennial event being held in Hobart from 24 to 27 March 2019. With a theme of ‘Better Together!’ the conference program highlights how we can work better together to improve the health and wellbeing for everyone living in country areas.

The four-day event provides learning and networking opportunities to public and private healthcare professionals, health consumer advocates and carers, students and researchers, and interested people from sectors such as education, transport and housing 

The conference will feature a number of prominent Keynote speakers presenting on a range of topics, including:

  • Isabelle Skinner, CEO of the International Council of Nurses, on how addressing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Gals will lead to healthy people in a healthy world;
  • James Buchan, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, will provide a global view of the rural health workforce;
  • Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, on early childhood trauma, social determinants of health and an anticipatory care approach;
  • Bo Remenyi, Paediatric Cardiologist and NT 2018 Australian of the Year talking about her work tackling Rheumatic Hear Disease in the NT;
  • Kelvin Kong, an otolaryngology head and neck surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons on hearing loss and poor educational outcomes for rural children;
  • Saul Eslake, economist and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Tasmania, on a Tasmania case study for education, employment participation and health outcomes;
  • Sandro Demaio from ABC’s Ask the Doctor, Chief Executive Officer of EAT; and founder of the Sandro Demaio Foundation;
  • Cassandra Goldie, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Social Services will join Richard Di Natalie, Leader of the Australian Greens, and Kalinda Griffiths from the Centre for Big Data Research, University of NSW to discuss managing health into the future; and
  • James Ward, Head Aboriginal and Aboriginal Health Infectious Disease, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute will be addressing sexually transmitted infections in remote Australia.

The full list of keynote presenters and the conference program can be found on the Rural Health Alliances conference website at where online registration is also available.






Published: 01 Feb 2019