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The main focus of the conference is on those who are involved in rural, regional and remote health every day: the consumers, clinicians, managers and researchers in non-metropolitan areas. Participants will also come from other sectors that contribute to the health of people in country Australia, such as education, the environment, transport, housing, economic development and community services.
The conference aims to recognise the roles played by people involved in these sectors, to widen the view of the rural and remote health community and to give depth and greater effectiveness to the endeavours to improve rural health.
The conference aims to:
The theme of this conference was Strong commitment, bright future. The program included Indigenous content on all days of the conference. Avinna Trzesinski and Jane Burns conducted a HealthInfoNet café for the four days of the conference. There were over 1000 delegates, many were from government and non-government agencies such as Country Health SA, Department of Health and Ageing, Medicare Locals and AMSs and health services. There were also Aboriginal Health Workers, nurses and nurse practitioners, doctors and allied health professionals.
Although many delegates said they used the HealthInfoNet website, they were interested in new developments. There were some people who had not heard of the website and said they would spend time looking at it when they returned to their offices.
Leanne Coleman - Conference Manager
Kellie Sydlarczuk - Conference Co-ordinator
National Rural Health Alliance
PO Box 280
Deakin West ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6285 4660
Fax: (02) 6285 4670