All hands on deck in Canberra for CouncilFest 2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Members of Council representing the 37 member organisations of the National Rural Health Alliance will gather in Canberra on 10 –12 September 2017 for the organisation’s annual CouncilFest.

A highlight of this year’s event will include an inaugural breakfast, hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health.  

The event will feature keynote presentations from Dorothy Coombe (National President, Country Women’s Association of Australia) and Martin Laverty (Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service).  The breakfast will be an opportunity for Parliamentarians to meet with Council and hear first-hand of the challenges and solutions for improving the health of the 7 million people in rural, regional and remote Australia.

CouncilFest also provides the opportunity for representatives of the 37 member organisations of the Alliance to meet with each other as well as with our elected political representatives , to share ideas  and identify the key priorities for the coming year. CouncilFest will also include the 26th Annual General Meeting of the Alliance and the election of a new Board.

Mr Mark Diamond, Interim CEO of the Alliance, explains that the nature of CouncilFest is particularly significant considering the organisation’s geographic reach.

“Our membership is dispersed across all corners of Australia, and in some of the most remote locations around the country.  While Council members meet regularly by teleconference throughout the year, this annual event provides the opportunity for us to engage face-to-face, share our experiences and identify the things we think are important to improve health outcomes for country people.”

To keep up-to-date with progress over the three days follow the #CouncilFest2017 hashtag.