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Rural medicine Australia conference

Regional, rural and remote health reform is one of the Coalition Government’s key health priorities.

Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, this morning attended the opening of the Rural Medicine Australia 2016 Conference in Canberra, and met with rural doctors to discuss the Coalition Government’s ambitious health reform agenda. The Government is a key sponsor of this very important event.

“The Rural Medicine Australia Conference is the preeminent conference on rural health in the country, bringing together many of the key players in this important medical field. Convened by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, the conference is an opportunity to share learnings, for professional development and to build relationships across the professions, involving practitioners, researchers and scientists,” said Dr Gillespie.

Rural and remote health reform is one of the Coalition Government’s key health priorities. Improving the health and wellbeing of people in Australia’s rural and remote communities is being achieved through the delivery of more integrated and tailored health services, and innovative, locally-driven approaches to health care.

“This morning I met with rural doctors to discuss the work we are doing to build capacity and strengthen the network of medical expertise across the country. The establishment of a National Rural Health Commissioner who will advocate for rural medicine and drive the roll-out of a national training program for rural generalist medical practitioners is very exciting.”

“Rural medicine has some unique challenges, but also brings some incredible rewards, and this means some of the most skilled and committed practitioners are involved in rural and remote health practice.”

The conference is covering a wide variety of key issues, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, mental health, maternal health and obstetrics, emergency medicine, the importance of small rural hospitals, and of course workforce, training and retention issues.

“Our Government has committed nearly $94 million to further develop the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for medicine – because we recognise that rural and remote health is built on the commitment, the skill, the resilience and the expertise of its medical workforce, and we want to support the sector to grow,” said Dr Gillespie.

The Rural Medicine Australia 2016 Conference is on from 20-22 October 2016 at the National Convention Centre.

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