Conference presentations (published elsewhere)

10th National Rural Health Conference – Rural health, the place to be

Posted on: 20 July, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 3, July 2009 - September 2009
Related to Health Remote Rural

The tenth National Rural Health Conference: rural health, the place to be, was held in Cairns, 17-20 May 2009. For nineteen years the biennial national rural health conferences have provided up-to-date audits of the state of health in country Australia. This year the coherence and strength of the rural and remote health sector were again demonstrated, as over 900 delegates attended the event. Conference delegates agreed that genuine engagement with communities at the regional level was required to enable the sector to meet its objective of equal health for people in rural areas.

The conference had a strong focus on the social and economic determinants of health and the health impacts of climate change. Health workforce issues were also a high priority, the delegates agreed that greater equivalence of support across the professions and speedier adoption of new health professional roles are needed.

Conference delegates agreed to a set of nineteen priority recommendations. The full set of 300 recommendations provides a snapshot of people’s thinking on rural and remote health as at May 2009.

The keynote presentations of relevance to Indigenous health were:

  • Grant M. Building resilience in Indigenous health students and staff
    View presentation (PDF – 205KB)
  • Lawler L. Are we there yet? The lessons learned from nine conferences
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    View transcript (PDF – 109KB)
  • Adams M, Springer S, May J. Reports on developments and commitments in Indigenous health
    View transcript (PDF – 106KB)
  • Springer S. Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association
    View presentation (PDF – 220KB)
  • May J. Developments and commitments in Indigenous health
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  • Chaney F. The governance and service challenges of remote Australia
    View presentation (PDF – 271KB)
  • Cox J, Little J, Heffernan S, Bell A, Lines D.  The Katherine West Health Board
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  • Wakerman J. Incubating success in remote areas
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    View transcript (PDF – 107KB)
  • Knight S. The National Health and Hospital Reform Commissions agenda for change
    View transcript (PDF – 94KB)

Most of the conference presentations are available on the conference website, those related to Indigenous health included:

  • Ball P. Human rights: the way forward for health equity in rural and remote Australia?
  • Broad K. Ask what they want, listen to what they say and deliver what they need – it’s not rocket science
  • Conley D. Bringing health equity to ageing rural and remote Queenslanders: Blue Care Rural and Remote Aged Care Strategy
  • Einfield S. Innovations in accreditation of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
  • Gauld S. Improving community-based rehabilitation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders with acquired brain injury: identification of key dimensions to enhance service suitability
  • Kerr A. A comprehensive primary health care approach: improving health outcomes in a remote Indigenous community
  • Keys T. Providing eye care to remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory: a case study examining success factors and challenges from a collaborative approach between a NGO and AMS
  • Midford R. Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet: bridging the gap between research and practice and policy in Indigenous health
  • Murray O. Finding the fit: development of a mental health service for remote Indigenous communities 
  • Oke L. Networking Indigenous allied health throughout Australia
  • Passey M. Stop smoking in its tracks: understanding smoking by rural Aboriginal women
  • Robertson J. Can doing research be a catalyst for changing tobacco smoking? An example from remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory
  • Sergeant P. Men’s Sheds – a catalyst for Indigenous men’s health
  • Simpson A. Improving the health of rural and remote Aboriginal communities through state-wide education and employment initiatives
  • Smith J. Consulting in remote Indigenous health – how effective is it?
  • Thomas S. Kids Pitstop: one stop community health shop for Indigenous families in the West Pilbara

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet staff members Richard Midford and Ineke Krom ran a HealthInfoNet cafe at the conference, and provided support for the conference Internet cafe.

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