About the Symposium
Drawing upon a tradition which commenced with the first rural and remote health scientific conference ‘Infront Outback’ held in Toowoomba in 1992, the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium was held in Canberra, 11-12 April 2018.
The Symposium celebrated 20 years since the establishment of the first university department of rural health in 1997 and highlighted the research and knowledge that followed this innovation.
Outback Infront celebrated the leadership that emerged from the rural and remote health research community, and supported early career academics and the next generation of rural health researchers.
The Symposium focussed on rural and remote health research that informs strategic health policy and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia.
The Symposium program was designed to engage academics, policy makers, expert researchers in rural and remote health and clinician-researchers, as well as emerging and early career researchers.
It was attended by staff from university departments of rural health, rural clinical schools, research collaborations and bodies, rural workforce organisations, non-government policy advisers, and health services delivery networks and providers.
As well as key presentations from respected researchers in rural and remote health the Symposium featured a number of Rogano presentations (debate on a current research project that answer “how to” questions and encourage scholarly thinking and debate) and a return of the popular Lightning Talk presentations to support early career academics and the next generation of rural health researchers.
All Keynote presentations were live streamed and are now available for viewing on the Alliance's YouTube Channel.