WONCA World of Rural health - Cairns conference latest

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Registration - Save up to $150 with early bird offer extended to 28 February

Now is the time to book your place at this global event. Registration is also open for social events and the World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine (Friday 28 April 2017). All costs are in Australian dollars and include GST.


This international event is made up of 300 presenters at up to 61 daily sessions, and sees delegates from around the world exchange information on the latest developments and challenges in rural family practice, and rural and remote health generally.

Over 35% of presenters are international. Recent keynote speakers announced include:

• Jim Campbell: Director of the Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Executive Director, of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA).
• Amanda Howe: President of the World Organization of Family Doctors, and from 2009 – 2015 was an Officer of the Royal College of General Practitioners, previously chairing their research committee and the U.K. Society for Academic Primary Care.
• Mayara Floss: Co-creator of project 'Health Education League' based on the Freirean principles and co-empowerment of communities and students.

5% discount on tours and attractions

We’ve teamed up with local travel company, Destination Cairns Marketing, to provide tours and attractions for delegates and travelling partners. And to celebrate this, we’re offering a special 5% discount for tours and attractions!

Book your trip now, and see some of Australia’s spectacular natural wonders.

Post conference study tour in New Zealand

Bursaries: make a donation

If you would like to contribute funds to support eligible applicants from developing countries to attend the conference, please consider donating to our bursary fund. Thank you for your donation.

Booked for the conference? Now it’s time to book a room

Accommodation options are available through our partner, Travel Makers, who have secured a variety of accommodation options for your stay in Cairns.

They can also help with travel arrangements, if required. The flexible rates offered will be exclusive to attendees at the conference.

Special keynote address announcement: Jim Campbell, WHO Director

We are pleased to announce that World Health Organisation Director, Jim Campbell, is providing the keynote address at the official opening of the WONCA 14th World Rural Health Conference.

Mr Campbell will be speaking on WHO’s priorities, and how social and environmental determinants of health impact upon improved outcomes for rural communities.

Mr Campbell is Director of WHO’s Health Workforce Department, and the Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance.