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


Gundy Medical Muster

The Gundy Medical Muster is a biannual event that allows Medical Health Professionals to come together for a weekend of education & networking in a family friendly environment. This is a biannual event that will be held next in 2020.

See the facebook event for more information


Rural Doctors’ Association of Queensland Conference Cairns 6th-8th of Juneclick here to visit the website

RDAQ 2019 is an annual conference that seeks to provide a forum (unsurprisingly) for rural doctors to discuss the issues facing the practice of medicine in their state. As well, workshops are run in the preceding few days and there is always a strong student presence throughout the conference. The 2019 conference will be held in Cairns, providing a good excuse to shake the chilly Brisbane weather!

Applications to attend this conference will open soon. Keep an eye out here or on our facebook page for more details!


AMSA Rural Health Summit 2019

The Rural Health Summit (RHS) is AMSA Rural Health’s premier event. Last year’s RHS was be held in Albury, New South Wales and dates and locations for this year are to be announced. This is always a not-to miss event, showcasing inspiring speakers, skills workshops and discussions about all things rural health. This is a fantastic event for medical students passionate about rural health!

For more information as it becomes available, keep an eye on the AMSA Rural Health facebook page.


The Joint Rural Health Club Weekend 2019

The Joint Rural Health Club Weekend is held annually by Health Workforce Queensland in conjunction with the RDAQ foundation. Last year it was be held in Stanthorpe from 5th-7th of October. This year’s dates and location are to be announced.

Rural health clubs in attendance include BUSHFIRE, HOPE4HEALTH, RHINO and TROHPIQ. The conference provides an opportunity for health students to gain exposure to the academic and social aspects of practising health in a rural setting. The weekend incorporates social and academic skills sessions. It is always one of the highlights of the year for rural health students.


Cost: TBA – TROHPIQ usually substantially subsidises the cost of this event for successful applicants. Price will include accommodation, all activities, catering and transport to and from the event.

For more information, please visit Health Workforce Queensland’s website.


Rural Medicine Australia RMA19 conference

The annual RMA conference will be held this year on the Gold Coast. Hosted by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), the event brings together clinicians, junior doctors, researchers and students for a weekend program packed presentations, workshops and social events. This is a great opportunity to attend the annual RMA conference when it is close to home.

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Keep an eye out for opportunities to attend this event with TROHPIQ! For more information, visit the RMA19 website.


The World Rural Health Conference 2019 – click here to visit the website

The 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference (WRHC 2019) will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from the 12-15th of October 2019. This is an international event that will see delegates from around the world inspiring and exchanging ideas on the latest developments and challenges in rural family practice and rural and remote health generally. Medical students are encouraged to attend.

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