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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rural Doctors’ Association of Queensland Conference – click here to visit the website
Run every year on the Queen’s birthday week-end, much to the consternation of 1st and 2nd year medical students, this conference seeks to provide a forum for (unsurprisingly) 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 student presence to the whole conference.
National Undergraduate Rural Health Conference (NURHC) – click here to visit the NRHSN’s website
Once every two years (on the ‘even’ years – 2010, 2012 etc.), all of the rural student health clubs from around Australia get together for a week of workshops, presentations and socializing. Student presentations are rich and varied and the Golden Windmills competition is always eye-opening. It might be best described as a jamboree, perhaps as a sort of Mecca, or as a clambake or a wingding. Whatever the label, get to one of them if you can, you won’t regret it.
Rural Medicine Australia – click here to visit the website
Sydney, NSW – 30 Oct-1 Nov
Co-hosted by the Australian College of Rural and Remote medicine and the Rural Doctors’ Association of Australia, this annual event is an excellent way to dip your toes into more advanced skills and to gain an insight into the workings of Australia’s peak rural medical bodies. Student tickets are open to anyone however, students attending in their 3rd or 4th years are likely to get the most out of it.
National Rural Health Conference – click here to visit the website
Darwin, NT – 24-27 May, 2015 (early bird registrations now open!)
This conference has the broadest scope of all the rural health conferences in terms of the background of the participants. Health professionals and students, representatives from all allied health disciplines, nursing, medicine and other stakeholders such as government. To get a global picture of where rural health is at in Australia, this is where you want to be.
The Joint Rural Health Club Weekend is held annually by the Rural Health Clubs in Queensland. These 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.
CRANAPLUS CONFERENCE, Melbourne, VIC – 15-18 October
A chance to network with health students and passionate health professionals to engage with issues related to remote health in Australia.
MEDICINE FOR THE RURAL CURIOUS, Dubbo, NSW – 24-26 October
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The Rural Medicine Conference – Medicine for the Rural Curious will provide an interactive and innovative approach to dealing with rural and remote medical issues. Leading experts from multiple specialties will provide updates on the latest advances in rural and remote health care.
For more information, visit the website of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians through the link above.