Bridging social distance; Rural health innovating and collaborating.

Researchers from the Department of Rural Health recently attended the 16th National Rural Health Conference in Brisbane presenting papers related to the conference theme of  “Bridging social distance; rural health innovating and collaborating.”

Dr Claire Quilliam, research fellow in the University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health, based in Shepparton, presenting at the recent National Rural Health Conference.

Bridging social distance; Rural health innovating and collaborating.

Researchers from the Department of Rural Health recently attended the 16th National Rural Health Conference in Brisbane presenting papers related to the conference theme of  “Bridging social distance; rural health innovating and collaborating.”

The National Rural Health Conference is the pre-eminent event in Australia for information and inspiration about rural and remote health and wellbeing. The biennial Conference is a key initiative of the National Rural Health Alliance and has become a key part of the agenda-forming process for the rural and remote health sector as a whole. “If we are going to make significant inroads into improving access to affordable, high-quality health care, we need to bring together the whole rural health sector to learn from others about effective, innovative and tailored, place-based solutions for our rural communities,” said Dr Gabrielle O’Kane, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance).

This year’s event focused on bridging the divides created by our challenging public health environment and provided opportunities to build our collaboration and to share innovations that could strengthen our rural health system.

Bringing together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and advocates across all sectors engaged with health and wellbeing: education, transport and housing, economic development, the environment, and community services, the event is a fantastic opportunity for staff to meet and network with colleagues from across the country, to explore current issues and practices and to exchange information on the latest developments in rural and remote health.

Our team of researchers attending the conference gave the following presentations on recent research projects, while Gwenda Freeman chaired a number of sessions on Indigenous Health.

Kristen Glenister: A place-based, community-driven, nurse-led skin cancer care model in rural Victoria

Claire Quilliam: Rural, mature-aged nursing and allied health student supports: a novel workforce approach

Zubaidah Mohamed Shaburdin: What inclusions and exclusions look and feel like for rural health consumers

To learn more about these presentations or the conference  👉https://ruralhealth.org.au/16nrhc/

For further information contact:

Kathy Lynch

lynchk@unimelb.edu.au

5321 4160

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Kathy Lynch

lynchk@unimelb.edu.au