Almost 200 rural general practitioners, junior doctors and medical students attended the Annual Conference 2017 on 8 and 9 April 2017, making it one of the most successful conferences Rural Health West has hosted in Perth.
This year’s annual conference theme Embracing the unexpected – the unpredictable world of rural health, gave delegates the rare opportunity to hear from Air-Vice Marshal Dr Tracy Smart AM, and foreign correspondent Peter Greste, on how they have dealt with uncertainty and overcome physical and mental challenges throughout their career.
Rural Heath West Chief Executive Officer Tim Shackleton said he hopes hearing stories and advice from the keynote speakers inspired delegates.
“Leading such a diverse and unpredictable career can be both a blessing and a challenge,” said Tim.
“Rural doctors often do it tougher than their metropolitan counterparts. Professional isolation is one of their greatest challenges, with resilience, adaptability and good support systems acting as important protective and supportive factors.
“We hope the opportunity to hear from our keynote speakers provided our delegates with some different perspectives on how others have dealt with unpredictable situations,” he said.
The Annual Conference included presentations and clinical workshops on topics such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, managing methamphetamine use, Ear, Nose and Throat emergencies, and guided ultrasounds, to support doctors to provide this care to their patients closer to home.
To express interest in attending the 2018 event please contact the Events Team
or telephone 08 6389 4500 for more information.
Program & Speakers
"This conference was one of the best that you have done. The range and depth of education was great in my opinion. Well done."
- 2017 delegate
73% of delegates said that their learning needs were entirely met.
Night of nights for rural doctors
The 2017 Doctors' Service Awards Night and Gala Dinner was a sell out event and saw 29 rural doctors recognised for their outstanding and long-term commitment to rural communities, and for the first time, acknowledged doctors with 40 and 50 years' rural service.
Guests enjoyed hearing of Peter Greste's experience 'Embracing the Unexpected' in an Egyptian prison and being entertained by General Practitioner and stand up comedian Dr Ahmed 'Doctor in the House' whilst celebrating the dedicated service and accomplishment of medical practitioners in rural Western Australia.
Additional details on the Award Recipients is available here.
For more information, please contact the Events team via email or phone (08) 6389 4500.
Rural Health West would like to thank all the presenters that gave their time over the weekend to present to our delegates.
We have been given permission for the following presentations to be placed on our website. This listing will be updated as permissions are received.
Please contact the Events Team or telephone 08 6389 4500 for more information or with any queries.