Australia’s pre-eminent event for everyone committed to better health and wellbeing in rural and remote communities.

Official Proceedings of the 14th National Rural Health Conference

Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors, delegates and all who supported this important bienniel event.

These Proceedings contain links to keynote speaker presentations, abstracts, bios, full papers, poster presentations and Priority Recommendations.  There is also a photo gallery with a selection of photographs showing the highlights in Cairns.

Keynote Presentations  Concurrent Presenters  Poster Presentations

14th  National Rural Health Conference Proceedings
National Rural Health Alliance
Editor: Leanne Coleman
Place of Publication: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Year of Publication: 2017
ISSN: 1445 3363

This Conference may be cited as follows:
Proceedings of the 14th National Rural Health Conference, editor Leanne Coleman, Cairns, Queensland, 26-29 March 2017.  Canberra: National Rural Health Alliance, 2017.



The 15th National Rural Health Conference will be held in Hobart, 24-27 March 2019 and we hope to see you there.

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The Conference has a unique reputation as a meeting place for people involved with the health care of people who live in the diverse communities of rural and remote Australia - see welcome letter from the Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull.

The Conference provided a unique opportunity for consumers, clinicians, academics and students from rural and remote areas to exchange views with the many who work with and for country people but are based in major cities and regional centres.  Almost 1,200 delegates attended the event.

Conference MC

Catherine McGrath

The Conference Advisory Committee was very pleased to have Catherine McGrath perform the important role of Conference MC.  Catherine is one of the country’s leading TV political and international reporters who is now a full time strategic media consultant, public speaker, MC and media trainer.