Rural and remote health advocates from all corners of Australia will be gathering in Canberra from 10 – 12 September for the annual get-together of Council members of the National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health.
The event, known as CouncilFest, provides the opportunity for representatives of the 36 member organisations of the Alliance to meet with each other and with elected political representatives, to touch base on the state of rural and remote health in Australia and share success stories and solutions.
Around seven million Australians live in regional, rural and remote areas. On average, these individuals do not enjoy the same high standard of health and wellbeing as those who live in metropolitan areas, nor do they have the same access to health services and health-related infrastructure.
Mr Mark Diamond, Interim CEO of the Alliance, explains that the root causes of the health deficit in rural and remote Australia is complex and nuanced:
“A range of factors and issues contribute to lower levels of health and wellbeing in non-metropolitan areas. It is rural and remote people themselves – and the organisations who work to service their needs – that are best placed to understand the issues and to generate and manage solutions.”
A highlight of this year’s CouncilFest will be an inaugural breakfast at Parliament House, hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health. The event will feature presentations from Martin Laverty (Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service), Katherine Burchfield (Royal Far West) and Chris Moorhouse, Chair of Friends of the Alliance.
To keep up-to-date with progress over the three days follow the #CouncilFest2017 hashtag.