Students interested in rural health have numerous opportunities throughout the year to attend conferences all around Australia.  Each has their own unique flavor but all give students the occasion to mingle with like minded students, discuss the broader issues and have a great time doing it.

Outlined below are the more popular conferences.  For further information on any of them or to inquire about other conferences that might be of interest, please visit the attendant websites, the NRHSN’s website or e-mail

Red Ant Round-up Medical Conference

13th-14th March

Kingaroy, Queensland 

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‘The Big C – Detection, management and recovery’ – this is sure to be an unforgettable weekend of interactive learning, workshops and networking for medical and allied health students and professionals. Topics include prostate cancer detection, medicinal cannabis, skin cancer management in a rural setting, breakthroughs in breast cancer management.

For more information of the conference, please visit the website phn Darling Downs and West Moreton

Rural Doctors Association of Queensland

24th-26th June

Gold Coast, Queensland 

RDAQ Conference

‘Bold Dreams Bright Futures’ – RDAQ 2021 will be focussing on equity, access and care in the rural healthcare setting. The exciting program features pre-conference procedural workshops (including mental health disorder training), inspiring keynote and plenary presentations, engaging medico-political forum, interactive concurrent sessions (with a focus on the environment and climate change, and how this affects rural practice), and exciting social events (including a friday night carnival party)!

For more information of the conference, please visit the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland website

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association 

30th June – 2nd July

Gold Coast, Queensland 

AIDA2021 Conference‘Powerful Voice’ – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors have the privilege and fortune of having a voice in improving the health of our people. There is an enormous challenge ahead, and we must all raise our voices to effect change. In order to have a Powerful Voice, AIDA works with our Aboriginal community-controlled health sector, with our people and communities across Australia, and with Non-Indigenous people and organisations who will lend their voice to the task.

For more information of the conference, please visit the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association website

Laura Dance Festival

2nd-4th July

Laura, Queensland 

Laura Quinkan Dance Festival Conference

‘Celebrating culture and recognising history’ – a celebration of culture as 25 dance troupes from across Cape York gather in the small, central community of Laura to showcase stories through dance routines, sharing history and uniting as one. The dance festival grounds at Laura occupy the site of a very old, traditional Bora ground. It’s a respected and sacred site. It’s a place and event where families meet new and old family members and exchange, rejuvenate and pass on knowledge and history.

For more information of the conference, please visit the Laura Quinkan Festival website

National Allied Health Conference

9th-12th August


National Allied Health Conference

The 14th National Allied Health Conference, to be held ONLINE for the first time, will give us the opportunity to explore and discuss the many factors that contribute to the overall success of Allied Health in Australia. There will be an exciting program of speakers, workshops, virtual exhibitors and lots of networking opportunities. The organising committee is working tirelessly to produce an engaging and memorable program which will showcase current concerns and developments in Allied Health. We are amidst challenging yet exciting times as the move to an online format will present us with the opportunity to engage with an unlimited audience and expand the overall reach of the conference. The Organising Committee look forward to presenting the 2021 Conference which will explore the current and emerging issues that will shape the future for Allied Health.

For more information of the conference, please visit the National Allied Health Conference  website

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

20th-23rd October 

Perth, Western Australia 

RMA2021‘Connection, Collaboration, Unity’ – Hosted by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), the Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) conference attracts a diverse and collaborative community of junior doctors, students, educators, academics, and medical practitioners who are passionate about generalist medicine in rural and remote communities.

For more information of the conference, please visit the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine conference  website

Quandamooka Festival

26th-29th August

Redlands, Queensland

‘Celebrating Culture, Country & People’

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