Hundreds of rural health advocates have been urged to tweet loudly from the 15th National Rural Health Conference to federal political party leaders and Health Ministers and Shadows to put their issues on the agenda for the coming federal election.
At the first plenary session on Sunday, Royal Flying Doctors Service CEO Professor Martin Laverty encouraged delegates to “break their tweet machines” on priority issues emerging at the conference, a call that helped get the conference trending nationally on Twitter.
The four-day biennial event, which journalist Melissa Sweet is covering for the Croakey Conference News Service, opened with a moving Welcome to Country from the palawa people of lutruwita/Tasmania and a number of workshops, including one on the determinants of health.
Below are some takeaway tweets and pix from the opening day sessions. Thanks to all tweeps there for sharing some of the highlights and insights. Also see this summary issued by the National Rural Health Alliance: Racism, access, climate change and workforce issues dominate rural health conference.
Welcome to Country