The livelihood of many rural communities is driven by the boom or bust cycle of primary industry, which places rural populations at greater risk of poor mental health. Dedicated mental health services in rural locations are often sparse or pushed to capacity which can limit the ability for primary health practitioners to help patients access the care they need.
Breaking down the barriers in the bush – mental healthcare for our rural communities is 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. View the program overview here.
Who should attend?
Aimed at providing education and training to rural medical practitioners, the Annual Conference is open to:
- Medical practitioners
- Medical students
Conference Registration Fees
|| Early bird (by 10/03/2018)
|| Standard (later than 10/03/2018)
| General practitioners and specialists
All prices quoted include GST
Program & Speakers
The conference theme Breaking down the barriers in the bush – mental healthcare for our rural communities will address prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery across a broad spectrum of mental disorders.
With engaging keynotes and clinical updates as well as case studies, small group discussions and workshops, the conference offers a collaborative platform of discussion for rural medical practitioners.
Dr Ahmed Kazmi
Dr Ahmed Kazmi is a British GP and comedian who splits his time between the United Kingdom and Australia.
He has performed at several prestigious international Fringe and Comedy Festivals and regularly speaks to doctors about self care and mental health wellbeing.
Dr Ahmed is currently performing Cabaret Consultations at the 2018 Fringe Festival in Perth. After titillating and amusing us with his sell-out comedy show Doctor in the House at the 2017 Fringe Festival, he is back with a more visceral, more musical offering. Cabaret Consultations looks at how a doctor is made and the human dilemmas he faces.
Dr Ahmed performed at the 2017 Rural Health West Awards Gala Dinner and is very excited to speak on the important topic of maintaining good mental health in a high pressure and isolating profession to his rural colleagues.
Jelena Dokic started playing tennis when she was six years old and quickly became the national champion in multiple age groups; however, the war erupted in former Yugoslavia and the family was forced to flee. She and her family were refugees before settling in Australia when she was 11 years old.
At the age of 15, Jelena won the Hopman Cup for Australia partnering with Mark Philippoussis. Her rise continued as she reached the semi-final of Wimbledon the following year at the age of 17. Jelena’s latter part of her career was riddled with injury and illness which forced her to retire early.
She has penned the best-selling autobiography Unbreakable, a book which details her career and her life, the struggles of being a refugee, dealing with poverty, racism, bullying, and discrimination. She also talks about the physical and emotional abuse she suffered and about dealing with heavy depression.
It was 90 seconds that defined an athlete’s career, divided popular opinion, and went down in Australian sporting folklore, as speed skater Steven Bradbury, then aged 28, came from behind to scoop a surprise win in the men’s 1000m final at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics.
As the figure in green and gold glided over the finish line, the other four finalists disentangled themselves after tumbling in a nasty fall.
It was the culmination of years of hard work at a highly competitive level, including three prior Olympic Games, representing Australia at World Championships and recovering from two potentially career-ending injuries.
Steven tells an amazingly inspirational story of triumph over adversity, of how he underwent years of obsessive training, pain, setbacks, sacrifice and injury and of how he armed himself with the information and tools he needed to achieve this amazing success.
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, recognises 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.
The WA Country Doctors' Awards Gala Dinner promises to be a brilliant evening and is expected to be another sell-out event. Join us in celebrating with your rural colleagues.
Tickets can be purchased through the Annual Conference registration
process or by completing the booking form
and returning it to Rural Health West.
When: Saturday 24 March 2017, 7.00pm to 11.00pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Perth
Tickets: $120.00 per person (includes three-course dinner, beverages and entertainment)
Guest speaker: Olympian speed skater Steven Bradbury
Speed skater Steven Bradbury collected the most unlikely, unthinkable gold medal in the history of the Olympics.
Steven will tell an amazingly inspirational story of triumph over adversity, of how he underwent years of obsessive training, pain, setbacks, sacrifice and life-threatening injuries and of how he armed himself with the information and tools he needed to achieve this amazing success.
His story is combined with some Aussie larrikin, a little political incorrectness and some proper bell laughs.
Hyatt Regency Perth (5 star conference venue)
99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 6000
T: 08 9225 1234
Standard King Rooms are available from $167 per night. A full breakfast is available daily in the café for $25 per person. To make a booking please call Hyatt Reservations on 13 12 34 and quote the group code G-DFHL.
For those delegates not staying at the Hyatt Regency Perth, please note that it is your responsibility to pay for transport costs to and from the conference venue whilst you are in Perth. Rural Health West does not reimburse travel costs to and from the conference venue by private vehicle, taxi or other transport while in Perth.
ONE TIME ONLY OFFER- KIDS FLY FREE*
Rural Health West will provide the following travel support for currently practising medical practitioners who work and live in rural and remote Western Australia:
*Terms and conditions
- Fuel reimbursement; or
- Air travel for doctor, spouse/partner and children
- This offer is for one time only and valid for travel to the 2018 Annual Conference.
- 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.
- 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 no additional expense to the organisation is incurred.
- Accommodation is the responsibility of the delegate.
If you will be driving 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.
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 no additional expense to the organisation is incurred.
After registering for the forum, please contact Corporate Traveller as soon as possible to book your flights by emailing Cara Bradbury with the following information:
- Name of traveller/s as per personal ID
- City/town of departure
- Preferred dates and times of travel
- Contact numbers – ideally a mobile and a landline
- Any other requirements you have
Tickets will be booked as per your request and ticketing will take place after details have been confirmed with you. If you have further queries, Corporate Traveller can be contacted via telephone on 08 6466 5172.
Self-parking is available at the Hyatt Regency at a rate of $30.00* per night. Valet parking is also available at the hotel at a rate of $45* per night.
For all other parking options please visit the City of Perth Parking website www.cityofperthparking.com.au.
*Parking rates are subject to change.
The Hyatt Regency is a 25 minute walk from Perth Train Station.
Perth’s Central Area Transit (CAT) free bus services operate throughout the CBD and city fringes. Please see Central Area Transit (CAT) free bus service map here.
For more information about Perth’s public transport please visit Transperth.
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
If conference registration is cancelled by 23 February 2018, a full refund is given. If registration is cancelled after 23 February 2018, a refund of 50 per cent is given. Refunds will not be issued for any registrations cancelled after 16 March 2018.