About the Conference


Every two years the rural and remote health sector comes together at Australia's premier rural health event - the National Rural Health Conference.

In March 2019 we're looking forward to welcoming delegates to Hobart for the 15th National Health Conference.

With 1,200 delegates attending our last Conference, it's an unmissable opportunity to discover the latest developments in rural and remote health, network with rural health leaders and help set the agenda for the next two years.

The 15th Conference is once again proudly hosted by the National Rural Health Alliance, Australia's peak body for rural and remote health with 35 member organisations. 

The conference's great strength draws from the diversity of groups which attend - the health practitioners, consumers, academics, students, politicians and media.

Another feature is that delegates produce a set of recommendations to guide the sector's reform agenda.

We encourage anyone engaged with the health and wellbeing of rural and remote Australia to get involved.  

Delegates will be able to:

  • inspire and inform;
  • listen to the latest research from both experienced and early-career academics;
  • anticipate trends and issues;
  • showcase developments on the ground;
  • celebrate success;
  • engage with health practitioners, consumers, academics and students;
  • produce a set of priority recommendations for governments; and
  • promote a stronger awareness of rural and remote health issues in the wider community and among policy makers.

The Conference will have a strong focus on the determinants of health, on the most successful health service delivery models, and on research that reveals solutions to improve the health of country people.  

Conference Advisory Committee

Chris Bourke, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
Ashley Brown, National Rural Health Students' Network - RUSTICA
Peter Brown, National Rural Health Alliance
Julianne Bryce, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Leanne Coleman, National Rural Health Alliance
Helen Conlin, Council of Ambulance Authorities
Mark Diamond, National Rural Health Alliance
Kelly Drummond Cawthon, Arts and Health Co-ordinator
Phil Edmondson, Primary Health Tasmania
Nicole Henty, Royal Flying Doctor Service
John Kirwan, Royal Flying Doctor Service
Chris Moorhouse, Friends of the Alliance
Joe O'Malley, Rural Pharmacists Australia
Dennis Pashen, Rural Doctors Association of Australia
Vicki Sheedy, Zacangel Pty Ltd
Janine Turnbull, National Rural Health Alliance
Allison Turnock, Department of Health
Jo Walker, National Rural Health Alliance
Chris Walpole, Queenstown Medical Union
Lesley Young, Country Women's Association, Tasmania