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15th National Rural Health Conference Proceedings

This website is now the official Proceedings of the 15th National Rural Health Conference held in  Hobart 24-27 March 2019.  Over 1,100 delegates came together in Hobart to celebrate the 15th Conference in order to help achieve equitable health for the 7 million Australians living in rural and remote areas.

These Proceedings contain links to all presentations, including abstracts, bios, presentations and full papers (where available).  Go to the 'Program' tab above and click on the type of presentation - you will then find the list of presenters in alphabetical order by last name.

This website also contains links to photographs, the priority recommendations, the program and other highlights.

15th  National Rural Health Conference Proceedings
Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
Editor: Leanne Coleman
Place of Publication: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Year of Publication: 2019
ISSN: 1445 3363

This Conference may be cited as follows:
Proceedings of the 15th National Rural Health Conference, editor Leanne Coleman, Hobart, Tasmania, 24-27 March 2019.  Canberra: National Rural Health Alliance, 2019.


The National Rural Health Conference pays its respects to the traditional and original owners of this land their elders both past and present. We acknowledge that the Tasmanian Aboriginal people are the traditional and original custodians of the skies, water and land of lutruwita (Tasmania), country of which their mothers & grandmothers have given birth. 

We acknowledge their continued connection to this country that still provides the Tasmanian Aboriginal people with food, medicine and crafts that is celebrated in ceremony - knowledge that is over 2000 generations old. We appreciate the deep connection that the Tasmanian Aboriginal people have with lutruwita (Tasmania), and recognise that we also feel connected because of the support and friendship that we have enjoyed for many years with the many Friends and colleagues in the rural health sector who have come from lutruwita (Tasmania).


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