Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2020


We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 'sell out' 2020 Tasmanian Rural Health Conference which was scheduled for the weekend 28-29 March in Burnie.

While the risk remains low in Tasmania, the impact of exposure to a single case of COVID-19 and the need for quarantining would have a significant impact on the rural medical workforce and their ability to serve their communities.

We investigated alternative electronic conferencing and live streaming but this was not possible from the venue.

We will look at the possibility of re-scheduling the conference to later in 2020 or early 2021.

We will arrange refund of registration fees to paying participants.

12 March 2020

The Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2020 will be focusing on 'The Future of Rural Practice', looking at changing clinical practice over the next 10-15 years, including workforce issues, public health, new primary care models as well as the impact of climate change.

This conference is aimed at current rural generalists, as well as students and trainees aspiring to become rural generalists.

Registration also includes a Conference Dinner on the Saturday evening at Bayview's Restaurant & Function Room located on the Burnie waterfront. Please select a dinner ticket when you register to book your place (partners are welcome).

Registration is now open, please click on the Register Now icon.Click to register

Full Registration RDAT Member $100
Full Registration Non-Member $150
Saturday 1 Day Registration $100
Sunday 1/2 Day Registration $75
Student Full Registration Free (Limit 50 ticket - sponsored by the RCS & Sportula)
Presenter Registration Free
Exhibitor Registration  $1000 (includes generous sponsor package, please contact Sharee for details)
Sponsors Registration As per sponsorship package
Conference Dinner Free (Sponsored by RDAT & ACRRM)

Pre-conference workshops:  Friday 27 March, 2020 at Cradle Coast Campus

Conference Program details

Plans are well advanced with the final program now available. There will be a mix of inspirational presenters, panel discussions, workshops and hands-on skills session for students and junior doctors.

Please refer to the Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2020 Program which is available as a PDF.

Presenters include:

  • Professor Paul Worley, National Rural Health Commissioner
  • Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria
  • Dr Lawrie McArthur, Associate Professor of General Practice and Rural Medicine at James Cook University
  • Professor James Vickers, Head of School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Wicking Dementia Research Centre
  • Dr Tim Leeuwenburg, Rural Generalist from Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • Dr Amy Neilson, Dr Kim Dobromilsky and Telena Kerkham – panel discussion on work/life balance
  • Coroner Andrew McKee – Role, recent and future changes to coronial reporting, investigations, case studies etc
  • Dr Scott Fyfe, Samantha Allender and Heather Wild – Healthcare Practitioners, future delivery of rural services
  • Dr Meg McKeown - 'Street Medicine' initiative in Hobart
  • Dr Nick Towle will lead a session on climate change in health
  • ACRRM/RACGP/GPTT Rural Generalist pathway session
  • RUSTICA Skills Sessions - Introductory ultrasound skills, Skin excisions and punch biopsies, Lumbar punctures and much more..

Thank you to our current generous sponsors, please contact Sharee for sponsorship opportunities.

Please email the Tas Rural Health Conference for all enquiries including program and sponsorship opportunities.