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Annual Conference 2017

Event Details

    
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Rural Health West will be hosting the Annual Conference 2017 on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Perth.
View the Program Overview!

One of the most common themes in rural practice is that every day can be different. Rural health practitioners treat such a spectrum of conditions in their consulting rooms and in hospitals; their knowledge and skills must be incredibly extensive in order to successfully treat their wide array of patients. Rural health practitioners must be resilient, adaptable and prepared to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

This year’s conference theme Embracing the unexpected – the unpredictable world of rural health care aims to help practitioners to extend and enhance their skills and knowledge, not just in clinical delivery, but in mindset, attitude and how to deal with the uncertainty of rural practice. We are pleased to present a number of speakers who have experienced very challenging situations and how they survived and thrived through these experiences. Learn more about our Keynote Speakers under the 'Program & Speakers' tab or view the Program Overview.

Registration-Fees


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For all conference registration fees, please view the Registration Form in the Program Overview.
(Early Bird Registrations valid until 10 March 2017)

Please contact the Events Team or telephone 08 6389 4500 for more information.

REGISTER NOW

This year’s conference theme Embracing the unexpected – the unpredictable world of rural health care aims to help practitioners to extend and enhance their skills and knowledge, not just in clinical delivery, but in mindset, attitude and how to deal with the uncertainty of rural practice. We are pleased to present a number of speakers who have experienced very challenging situations and how they survived and thrived through these experiences. 

Delegates will be able to update their knowledge and skills through clinical updates, practical workshops, topical concurrent sessions and case study learning opportunities. VIEW THE PROGRAM OVERVIEW. 

Keynote Speakers

Peter-Greste-webPeter Greste
Foreign correspondent
Peter Greste is an Australian journalist and Al Jazeera correspondent who spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison.
In December 2013, Greste and his two colleagues, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were arrested by Egyptian authorities, accused of news reporting which was damaging to national security. In 2014, Greste was found guilty by the court, and sentenced to seven years' jail. In February 2015, a month after his retrial, Greste was deported and returned to Australia. Read more about Peter Greste in the Program Overview >>



AVM Smart-webAir Vice-Marshal (AVM), Dr Tracy Smart AM
Commander Joint Health (CJHLTH) and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force (SGADF)
Since joining the Royal Australian Air Force as a medical undergraduate in 1985, AVM Dr Smart has served as a Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer at bases around Australia and overseas. She was promoted to AVM in 2015 and assumed the positions of CJHLTH and SGADF. She is now responsible for the provision of health care to members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the health preparedness of the ADF for operations, and for providing strategic health advice to the ADF. Read more about AVM Dr Tracy Smart in the Program Overview >>


We want YOUR advice...come talk to our CEO

We are keen to find out what is important to you and how Rural Health West can help. Come talk with our Chief Executive Officer Tim Shackleton and members of our Board to discuss how we can support you to care for your communities. As places are limited for these 45 minute sessions, please register your interest as soon as possible. Session times are available on Page 11 of the Program Overview.

REGISTER NOW

Pre-conference workshop

Rural Health West REOT Perth

Please contact the Events Team or telephone 08 6389 4500 for more information.

Annual Conference Family Program

Family Program

We are delighted to be hosting an engaging Family Program for the Annual Conference on the 8 and 9 April 2017. Download the Family Program and Registration form to register.

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Children 0 to 4 years

Rural Health West will be providing in-house care for children 0 to 4 years of age at the Annual Conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency, Perth.
 
Registered babies and children can be cared for by our qualified child carers and will remain at the Hyatt Regency in a specifically allocated room. Parents are to provide children's nappies, snacks and drinks etc to carers.

Activities workshops for children between 5 and 12 years of age

In our morning session, professional artists from Milktooth Art Project will be providing stimulating, educational, and fun activities for the morning session including felt needling, polymer clay work, creating their own terrarium and a personalised comic book. 

Afternoon activities - get ready to run, jump, climb and bounce!

For the afternoon program, we will travel by bus to Kidz Paradise where it will be time for light refreshments and burning off some energy at the Kidz Paradise indoor play area.  A fabulous four level play structure with rope bridges, maze climbs and huge fun slides - don't forget socks!!!

Partners/spouses will have the opportunity to join a two hour walking tour of Perth.  Taking in the central area of Perth this light historical tour will explore the heritage precinct of Perth, the old theatre district as well as former educational precincts. Enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea at popular local café with your guide, while you immerse yourself in the wonderfully re-purposed heritage building in a forgotten area of the city. Visit secret gardens, discover hidden art and visit a fine art gallery while learning some of the more interesting anecdotes about the city.

Some areas of interest to visit independently after this tour could be:

The new Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth
The Art Gallery of Western Australia at the Cultural Centre in Northbridge
Elizabeth Quay - Elizabeth Quay Local Directory and Amenities Map

Download the Family Program and Registration Form for more information on the Annual Conference Family Program activities and to register or you can register online.

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Long Service and Special Award recipients of the Doctors' Service Awards 2017 will be announced at the Awards Night and Gala Dinner.

To secure your booking for this event, please complete the booking form and return it to the Events team via email or fax (08) 6389 4501.

Download a print version of the Booking Form (PDF)
Download an electronic version of the Booking Form (Word)

When: Saturday 8 April 2017, 7.00pm to 11.00pm
Where: Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Perth
Dress: Cocktail 
Price: $120pp (includes meals, beverages and entertainment).
Full tables of 10 can be purchased for this event for $1,200.

This is a unique networking opportunity for you and your spouse/partner.
You do not have to be a delegate of the Annual Conference 2017 to attend this event.

Find out more information on the Doctors' Service Awards 2017
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Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities

"With budget constraints and less opportunity to travel around the State, this is the best conference to connect with rural health practitioners in WA" - 2016 sponsor and exhibitor.
 
VIEW THE SPONSORSHIP AND EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES BROCHURE
Limited opportunities available, don’t miss out!

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities for your organisation to participate in this leading conference. The conference offers a unique platform to reach your audience and participate in an event that brings together all those involved in rural health and Indigenous health care in Western Australia. The exhibition will be an important part of this event and will once again provide excellent networking and marketing opportunities.

With the Annual Conference being our largest conference, we envisage over 180 doctors and medical professionals will attend.

Rural Health West would like to thank Qantas for making it possible for rural doctors to hear Peter Greste speak at this year's Annual Conference and Awards Night and Gala Dinner. 

Qantas Logo

For more information on exhibiting or sponsoring the Annual Conference 2017 contact the Events team or telephone 08 6389 4500.

Conference Venue

Hyatt Regency Perth
••••• 
99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 
T: 08 9225 1234
W: perth.regency.hyatt.com 
Located by the beautiful Swan River, Hyatt Regency Perth is within close proximity to the East Perth shopping and business area, WACA Oval and walking and cycling tracks. The hotel’s convenient location on Adelaide Terrace allows you to take a moment to admire the city’s beauty in a short walk towards the main shopping precinct in Hay Street and Murray Street malls. Along the way, admire the historic St Georges Terrace and convention and entertainment centres.

This award winning 5 star hotel offers superior comfort in luxury accommodation and high convenience for guests through complimentary internet, fine cuisine with five restaurants and bars and leisure facilities.  

The hotel is approximately a 20 minute drive to Perth's international and domestic airports.

Rural Health West has secured a special rate of $195.00 per night for the conference weekend.


Travel Information

Rural Health West will provide travel support for currently practising doctors who work and live in rural and remote Western Australia and their spouses/partners.

Tickets booked prior to full registration payment being received by Rural Health West will not be authorised. 

Flights must be booked through Corporate Traveller. Fees for changes to tickets are not reimbursable by Rural Health West. Should you wish to travel to or from Perth outside of the specified conference dates, your fare can still be covered on condition that no additional expense to the organisation is incurred.
Please note: full attendance at the conference is a condition of payment of flights and travel reimbursement by Rural Health West. If you are not in attendance for the whole program, you will be invoiced for the cost of your travel.


Entitlements available to currently practising delegates
  • Air travel for doctor and spouse/partner
  • Fuel costs for transport from home town to conference venue and return when using private car*
  • Meals as specified during the conference program
  • Air travel for up to two children** will be considered in the following cases:
    - Doctor couples who both practise and register to attend the conference
    - Single parent doctors

* Please contact the Events team on 08 6389 4525 to discuss and obtain approval for fuel reimbursement.
** Please contact the Events team on 08 6389 4525 to discuss and obtain approval for air travel for children.

How to book flights:

After registering for the conference, please contact Corporate Traveller as soon as possible to book your flights by emailing Sue Dodd at sue.dodd@corporatetraveller.com.au with the following information:

  • Name of traveller as per personal ID
  • City/town departing from
  • Preferred dates of travel – am or pm preferred
  • Contact numbers – ideally a mobile and a landline
  • Any other requirements you have

Corporate Traveller will review the cheapest travel options available at your preferred time and date. 
Your tickets will be booked and ticketing will take place after details have been confirmed with you. If you have any further queries, Corporate Traveller can be contacted via telephone on 08 6466 5172.

Fuel reimbursement

For those delegates driving to Perth for the conference, a reimbursement form for fuel will be available for download in early 2017. Copies will be available on the day. Please ensure that original tax invoices are provided when submitting your claim to Rural Health West. EFTPOS receipts will not be accepted.

Non-reimbursable items

  • Flight arrangements not booked through Corporate Traveller
  • Flight changes
  • Accommodation and all related expenses (accommodation rates have been negotiated with the conference venue)
  • Children’s travel unless approved by Events Coordinator
  • Taxi charges
  • Parking fees
  • Hire cars
  • Mileage allowance for private vehicles
  • Meals other than specified in the conference program
  • Conference registration fee
  • Family Support Program and babysitting fees

It is important to note that if you wish to make a claim, the form MUST be completed and sent to Rural Health West NO LATER than Thursday 27 April 2017 otherwise your reimbursement will not be claimable or processed.

Please contact the Events Team or telephone 08 6389 4500 for more information.

About

2017-Annual-Conf-2017-registrationsnowopen

Rural Health West will be hosting the Annual Conference 2017 on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Perth.
View the Program Overview!

One of the most common themes in rural practice is that every day can be different. Rural health practitioners treat such a spectrum of conditions in their consulting rooms and in hospitals; their knowledge and skills must be incredibly extensive in order to successfully treat their wide array of patients. Rural health practitioners must be resilient, adaptable and prepared to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

This year’s conference theme Embracing the unexpected – the unpredictable world of rural health care aims to help practitioners to extend and enhance their skills and knowledge, not just in clinical delivery, but in mindset, attitude and how to deal with the uncertainty of rural practice. We are pleased to present a number of speakers who have experienced very challenging situations and how they survived and thrived through these experiences. Learn more about our Keynote Speakers under the 'Program & Speakers' tab or view the Program Overview.

Registration-Fees


Gp Early bird-AC17-web
For all conference registration fees, please view the Registration Form in the Program Overview.
(Early Bird Registrations valid until 10 March 2017)

Please contact the Events Team or telephone 08 6389 4500 for more information.

REGISTER NOW

Program & Speakers

This year’s conference theme Embracing the unexpected – the unpredictable world of rural health care aims to help practitioners to extend and enhance their skills and knowledge, not just in clinical delivery, but in mindset, attitude and how to deal with the uncertainty of rural practice. We are pleased to present a number of speakers who have experienced very challenging situations and how they survived and thrived through these experiences. 

Delegates will be able to update their knowledge and skills through clinical updates, practical workshops, topical concurrent sessions and case study learning opportunities. VIEW THE PROGRAM OVERVIEW. 

Keynote Speakers

Peter-Greste-webPeter Greste
Foreign correspondent
Peter Greste is an Australian journalist and Al Jazeera correspondent who spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison.
In December 2013, Greste and his two colleagues, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were arrested by Egyptian authorities, accused of news reporting which was damaging to national security. In 2014, Greste was found guilty by the court, and sentenced to seven years' jail. In February 2015, a month after his retrial, Greste was deported and returned to Australia. Read more about Peter Greste in the Program Overview >>



AVM Smart-webAir Vice-Marshal (AVM), Dr Tracy Smart AM
Commander Joint Health (CJHLTH) and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force (SGADF)
Since joining the Royal Australian Air Force as a medical undergraduate in 1985, AVM Dr Smart has served as a Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer at bases around Australia and overseas. She was promoted to AVM in 2015 and assumed the positions of CJHLTH and SGADF. She is now responsible for the provision of health care to members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the health preparedness of the ADF for operations, and for providing strategic health advice to the ADF. Read more about AVM Dr Tracy Smart in the Program Overview >>


We want YOUR advice...come talk to our CEO

We are keen to find out what is important to you and how Rural Health West can help. Come talk with our Chief Executive Officer Tim Shackleton and members of our Board to discuss how we can support you to care for your communities. As places are limited for these 45 minute sessions, please register your interest as soon as possible. Session times are available on Page 11 of the Program Overview.

REGISTER NOW

Pre-conference workshop

Rural Health West REOT Perth

Please contact the Events Team or telephone 08 6389 4500 for more information.

Awards Dinner

DSA-2017-Awards-night-conference-banner

Long Service and Special Award recipients of the Doctors' Service Awards 2017 will be announced at the Awards Night and Gala Dinner.

To secure your booking for this event, please complete the booking form and return it to the Events team via email or fax (08) 6389 4501.

Download a print version of the Booking Form (PDF)
Download an electronic version of the Booking Form (Word)

When: Saturday 8 April 2017, 7.00pm to 11.00pm
Where: Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Perth
Dress: Cocktail 
Price: $120pp (includes meals, beverages and entertainment).
Full tables of 10 can be purchased for this event for $1,200.

This is a unique networking opportunity for you and your spouse/partner.
You do not have to be a delegate of the Annual Conference 2017 to attend this event.

Find out more information on the Doctors' Service Awards 2017
Guest speakers_ACevent-DSA17 

Annual Conference Family Program

Family Program

We are delighted to be hosting an engaging Family Program for the Annual Conference on the 8 and 9 April 2017. Download the Family Program and Registration form to register.

2017-AC-FP-Updated-icon

Children 0 to 4 years

Rural Health West will be providing in-house care for children 0 to 4 years of age at the Annual Conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency, Perth.
 
Registered babies and children can be cared for by our qualified child carers and will remain at the Hyatt Regency in a specifically allocated room. Parents are to provide children's nappies, snacks and drinks etc to carers.

Activities workshops for children between 5 and 12 years of age

In our morning session, professional artists from Milktooth Art Project will be providing stimulating, educational, and fun activities for the morning session including felt needling, polymer clay work, creating their own terrarium and a personalised comic book. 

Afternoon activities - get ready to run, jump, climb and bounce!

For the afternoon program, we will travel by bus to Kidz Paradise where it will be time for light refreshments and burning off some energy at the Kidz Paradise indoor play area.  A fabulous four level play structure with rope bridges, maze climbs and huge fun slides - don't forget socks!!!

Partners/spouses will have the opportunity to join a two hour walking tour of Perth.  Taking in the central area of Perth this light historical tour will explore the heritage precinct of Perth, the old theatre district as well as former educational precincts. Enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea at popular local café with your guide, while you immerse yourself in the wonderfully re-purposed heritage building in a forgotten area of the city. Visit secret gardens, discover hidden art and visit a fine art gallery while learning some of the more interesting anecdotes about the city.

Some areas of interest to visit independently after this tour could be:

The new Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth
The Art Gallery of Western Australia at the Cultural Centre in Northbridge
Elizabeth Quay - Elizabeth Quay Local Directory and Amenities Map

Download the Family Program and Registration Form for more information on the Annual Conference Family Program activities and to register or you can register online.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities

"With budget constraints and less opportunity to travel around the State, this is the best conference to connect with rural health practitioners in WA" - 2016 sponsor and exhibitor.
 
VIEW THE SPONSORSHIP AND EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES BROCHURE
Limited opportunities available, don’t miss out!

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities for your organisation to participate in this leading conference. The conference offers a unique platform to reach your audience and participate in an event that brings together all those involved in rural health and Indigenous health care in Western Australia. The exhibition will be an important part of this event and will once again provide excellent networking and marketing opportunities.

With the Annual Conference being our largest conference, we envisage over 180 doctors and medical professionals will attend.

Rural Health West would like to thank Qantas for making it possible for rural doctors to hear Peter Greste speak at this year's Annual Conference and Awards Night and Gala Dinner. 

Qantas Logo

For more information on exhibiting or sponsoring the Annual Conference 2017 contact the Events team or telephone 08 6389 4500.

General

Conference Venue

Hyatt Regency Perth
••••• 
99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 
T: 08 9225 1234
W: perth.regency.hyatt.com 
Located by the beautiful Swan River, Hyatt Regency Perth is within close proximity to the East Perth shopping and business area, WACA Oval and walking and cycling tracks. The hotel’s convenient location on Adelaide Terrace allows you to take a moment to admire the city’s beauty in a short walk towards the main shopping precinct in Hay Street and Murray Street malls. Along the way, admire the historic St Georges Terrace and convention and entertainment centres.

This award winning 5 star hotel offers superior comfort in luxury accommodation and high convenience for guests through complimentary internet, fine cuisine with five restaurants and bars and leisure facilities.  

The hotel is approximately a 20 minute drive to Perth's international and domestic airports.

Rural Health West has secured a special rate of $195.00 per night for the conference weekend.


Travel Information

Rural Health West will provide travel support for currently practising doctors who work and live in rural and remote Western Australia and their spouses/partners.

Tickets booked prior to full registration payment being received by Rural Health West will not be authorised. 

Flights must be booked through Corporate Traveller. Fees for changes to tickets are not reimbursable by Rural Health West. Should you wish to travel to or from Perth outside of the specified conference dates, your fare can still be covered on condition that no additional expense to the organisation is incurred.
Please note: full attendance at the conference is a condition of payment of flights and travel reimbursement by Rural Health West. If you are not in attendance for the whole program, you will be invoiced for the cost of your travel.


Entitlements available to currently practising delegates
  • Air travel for doctor and spouse/partner
  • Fuel costs for transport from home town to conference venue and return when using private car*
  • Meals as specified during the conference program
  • Air travel for up to two children** will be considered in the following cases:
    - Doctor couples who both practise and register to attend the conference
    - Single parent doctors

* Please contact the Events team on 08 6389 4525 to discuss and obtain approval for fuel reimbursement.
** Please contact the Events team on 08 6389 4525 to discuss and obtain approval for air travel for children.

How to book flights:

After registering for the conference, please contact Corporate Traveller as soon as possible to book your flights by emailing Sue Dodd at sue.dodd@corporatetraveller.com.au with the following information:

  • Name of traveller as per personal ID
  • City/town departing from
  • Preferred dates of travel – am or pm preferred
  • Contact numbers – ideally a mobile and a landline
  • Any other requirements you have

Corporate Traveller will review the cheapest travel options available at your preferred time and date. 
Your tickets will be booked and ticketing will take place after details have been confirmed with you. If you have any further queries, Corporate Traveller can be contacted via telephone on 08 6466 5172.

Fuel reimbursement

For those delegates driving to Perth for the conference, a reimbursement form for fuel will be available for download in early 2017. Copies will be available on the day. Please ensure that original tax invoices are provided when submitting your claim to Rural Health West. EFTPOS receipts will not be accepted.

Non-reimbursable items

  • Flight arrangements not booked through Corporate Traveller
  • Flight changes
  • Accommodation and all related expenses (accommodation rates have been negotiated with the conference venue)
  • Children’s travel unless approved by Events Coordinator
  • Taxi charges
  • Parking fees
  • Hire cars
  • Mileage allowance for private vehicles
  • Meals other than specified in the conference program
  • Conference registration fee
  • Family Support Program and babysitting fees

It is important to note that if you wish to make a claim, the form MUST be completed and sent to Rural Health West NO LATER than Thursday 27 April 2017 otherwise your reimbursement will not be claimable or processed.

Please contact the Events Team or telephone 08 6389 4500 for more information.