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3rd Rural and remote health scientific symposium



The symposium will provide the opportunity for invited rural and remote health researchers to collaborate with community, industry and government leaders in the development of quality research proposals. This collaborative research will contribute to developing and implementing health policy responses to meet the current and emerging challenges for rural and remote health and wellbeing.

The purpose of the symposium is to contribute to excellence in rural and remote health research that will inform strategic health policy and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia.

Rural and remote health researchers and key collaborators will consider evidence on three strategic topics. Knowledge gaps and the priorities for future research will be identified and groups will develop collaborative research proposals that draw on the strengths and experiences of rural communities and health services. Progress will be made towards a better understanding of excellence in rural health research and the groundwork will be laid for the development of well-informed and effective policies.

The symposium outcomes will be three major research proposals that address critical challenges for rural health and wellbeing. The proposals will be nationally competitive and relevant to communities, healthcare providers and policy makers in the context of the national health reform program.

The theme is Building collaboration and excellence in rural and remote health research. Through a focus on three specific topic areas it is expected that progress will be made towards both a better understanding of excellence in rural health research, and the development of collaborative research proposals in the selected topic areas.

Topic 1:
The impact of changing rural demography on community and regional sustainability and on rural health and wellbeing

Topic 2:
The impact on community functioning and mental health of weather-related disasters and other adversity in rural and remote Australia.

Topic 3:
The impact of change in rural culture and society on the provision of rural health services and rural health.


Leanne Coleman
Conference Manager
National Rural Health Alliance
PO Box 280
Deakin West ACT 2600
Phe: (02) 6285 4660
Fax: (02) 6285 4670


Last updated: 24 May 2012
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