Conference Topics

Main Theme

Breaking down barriers: Bringing People together

Sub-themes and suggested topics

Barriers between rural and urban practice
  1. Rural Heroes who made a difference in rural health care
  2. The impact and management of tourism in rural areas
  3. Ethical issues in rural practice
  4. Illness prevention and health promotion in rural practice
  5. Policy development and rural proofing in rural practice
  6. Injury and violence prevention
  7. Poisoning prevention
Barriers of access to quality care
  1. The role of the nurse and other professionals in rural practice
  2. Integrated care in rural practice
  3. Palliative care
  4. Use of modern technology in rural health
  5. Point of care testing
  6. Emergency medicine
  7. Oral health care
  8. The management of communicable & non-communicable diseases
Barriers due to gender
  1. Women’s health
  2. Men’s health
  3. Domestic violence and child abuse
Barriers to training and education
  1. Medical students and rural exposure
  2. Training and education for a career in rural practice
  3. CPD and skills training
Barriers of recruitment and retention
  1. Young GP’s in rural health
Barriers to research
  1. Promoting research in rural health
Barriers due to culture and ethnicity
  1. Managing the health care needs of immigrants in rural practice
Barriers due to age and ageism
  1. Child health
  2. Elderly care
  3. Dementia in rural practice
Barriers between primary and secondary care
  1. Relationships with secondary care and hospital physicians
Barriers due to environmental problems and climate change
  1. Climate changes, environment and occupational health in rural medicine
Barriers of wealth and resources
  1. The economy and rural health care
  2. Global rural health care
Barriers as a result of conflict and disasters
  1. Reconciliation in health care: Lessons learnt
  2. Managing disasters in the rural context