Strong commitment. Bright future.
Rather than hammer on about the negatives of rural and remote health, much about this conference illustrates the power of moving beyond the “deficit model”, whether talking about the health of individuals or communities.
Unlike so many other events, it manages to bring the various professional and interest groups together with service providers and community members. No doubt this requires the skills of a diplomat (or perhaps a saint).
As the conference recommendations show, this results in a broad and holistic view of what matters for health. As well as acknowledging the importance of the wider social determinants of health, the conference showcased the value of nurturing creativity, connections, and resilience.
A warm thanks to journalist Marge Overs and her citizen journalist collaborators Kay Coppa and Parri Gregory for reporting on the event for Croakey readers. Thanks also to the many energetic Tweeters who helped share the conference discussions much more widely, not to mention the photographs featured below.
This is Croakey’s last report on the conference (although of course we will continue to cover rural and remote health). The coverage is compiled here; we hope it’s been useful, and that you enjoy the bright conference snaps below, from the dinner and other proceedings.