Health is in your hands
"The biggest thing that I took away from the 2017 conference is that it is about empowering Aboriginal communities to manage their own healthcare, and how we as health practitioners can assist them in the implementation and facilitation to do that." – 2017 delegate
Empowering individuals and strengthening community capacity are powerful tools for improving Aboriginal health.
Inspired by feedback from the 2017 Aboriginal Health Conference, this year’s conference will share ways medical and health practitioners can educate and empower their Aboriginal patients to take the reins of their own health. GPs provide counselling and education on health matters such as smoking and alcohol use to their Aboriginal patients at twice the rate of non-Aboriginal patients. Involving patients in the design of community health initiatives, ensuring practitioners use culturally-safe practices and motivational interviewing are just some of the ways we can give patients greater control over their own health.
The impact of digital health and the role health technology can play in patient empowerment will also be explored by conference presenters. The right digital tools and knowledge have the power to connect and engage patients and put their health in their hands.
As always, the Aboriginal Health Conference will feature a strong program relevant to those working in rural and Aboriginal health. Be engaged and inspired to tackle the challenges and rewards of working in this sector through:
• Leading keynote speakers and panel sessions
• Clinical updates on relevant up-to-date topics
• Hands-on workshops to ensure you gain and improve vital skills
• Small problem based discussions
• Abstract presentations
Call for Abstracts is now open! Please visit the Program & Speakers Tab for further information.
A copy of the Preliminary Program will be available soon.
This conference will also provide the opportunity to share ideas, socialise with colleagues and create new connections whilst experiencing all that Perth has to offer. Join us in July for one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal health conferences.
Registrations opening soon.
Who should attend?
Aimed at providing education and training to rural medical and health practitioners, the Aboriginal Health Conference is open to:
- GP/medical practitioners
- Aboriginal health practitioners
- Allied health workers
Program & Speakers
Call for Abstracts
We are now accepting abstract submissions for the Aboriginal Health Conference 2018.
Prior to submitting an abstract, please review the Abstract Submission Guidelines
Abstracts can be submitted by downloading the form here
. The abstract submission deadline is Monday 23 April 2018.
The Education Steering Committee will allocate successful abstracts to sessions including oral presentations and poster presentations. Abstract authors will be notified of the status of their abstract by 30 May 2018.
If you have any questions regarding abstract submissions, please contact the Events team via email
or telephone 08 6389 4500.
Parmelia Hilton Perth (5 star conference venue)
14 Mill Street, Perth WA 6000
Telephone: 08 9215 2000
Queen guest rooms are available from $165 per night (including breakfast for two people and complimentary Wi-Fi).
Reservations can be made online
or telephone the hotel reservations team on 08 9215 2000 and quote the group code ‘GRURG
’ to make a booking via telephone.
For those delegates not staying at the Parmelia Hilton Perth, 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.
Rural Health West will provide the following travel support for currently practising general practitioners who work and live in rural and remote Western Australia.
- Fuel reimbursement; or
- Air travel for doctor and spouse/partner; and
- 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
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.
If you will be driving to Perth for the conference, you are eligible for a reimbursement for your petrol expenses to and from Perth to your home town. A Reimbursement Form will need to be completed and posted to the Events team by Friday 27 July 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 conference, 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.
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 forum program
- Conference registration fee
- Family Program and babysitting fees
The closest carpark to the Parmelia Hilton Perth is the Convention Centre at 21 Mounts Bay Road with a weekend day rate of $16.80*. Limited valet parking is also available at the hotel at a rate of $55* per 24 hour period.
*Parking rates are subject to change.
For all other parking options please visit the City of Perth Parking website.
The Parmelia Hilton Perth is a 13 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 the Transperth website.
If conference registration is cancelled by 8 June 2018, a full refund is given. If registration is cancelled after 8 June 2018, a refund of 50 per cent is given. Refunds will not be issued for any registrations cancelled after 2 July 2018.