The Rural Health West Annual Conference Breaking down the barriers in the bush – mental healthcare for our rural communities
provided an opportunity for rural medical and health practitioners to hear from mental health leaders and advocates about the latest services and treatments, share their personal insights, and enhance their skills and abilities to successfully care for patients with mental health issues.
Keynote speaker Dr Ahmed Kazmi opened the conference with a thought-provoking and entertaining presentation with tips for staying well as a GP. Former tennis champion Jelena Dokic shared her inspiring story of dealing with heavy depression and the physical and emotional abuse she received from her father. Olympic Gold Medallist Steven Bradbury delivered the closing address to a packed room, his motivating and entertaining presentation was a tale of triumph over adversity and never giving up!
In addition to the engaging keynotes, delegates were also able to attend clinical updates as well as case studies, small group discussions and workshops.
WA Country Doctors' Awards Gala Dinner
Presented by Rural Health West and the WA Country Health Service
This night of nights for rural doctors, presented by Rural Health West and the WA Country Health Service, recognised the achievements in medical care from doctors and specialists in rural and remote parts of the State, and doctors who have provided 20, 30, 40 years of service to country communities. We also celebrated the accomplishment of our special award winners in seven categories.
A full list of Award winners is available here.
Guests enjoyed a wonderful evening with colleagues and enjoyed a humorous and motivational presentation by former speed skater and Olympic Gold Medallist Steven Bradbury.
If you drove to Perth for the conference, you are eligible for a reimbursement for your fuel expenses to and from Perth to your home town. A Reimbursement Form will need to be completed and posted to the Events Team at Rural Health West by Friday 13 April 2018 to ensure our Accounts team can process your fuel reimbursement promptly. Please ensure that original tax invoices are provided when submitting your claim. EFTPOS receipts will not be accepted.
Rural Health West is unable to reimburse the following 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 the Events Team
- Taxi charges
- Parking fees
- Hire cars
- Mileage allowance for private vehicles
- Meals other than specified in the conference program
- Conference registration fee
- Family program and babysitting fees
We would like to thank all of the Speakers that presented at the Annual Conference.
Speakers that have given consent for their presentation to be made available are listed below.