The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), Northern NSW Local Health District and our Congress partners* are proud to announce the 8th Rural Health and Research Congress will be held in Lismore on 16 – 18 October 2019.

The Congress theme for 2019 is "Connecting Communities" and will explore initiatives which address the health and wellbeing of our rural people and communities.

Submission of Abstracts

The 2019 Congress Organising Committee invites authors to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral concurrent session, poster presentation, interactive workshop or guided discussion group. Abstracts are to align with the overarching theme "Connecting Communities" with a focus on one of the six streams below and must contain a predominantly rural focus.

Abstracts focusing on research related to rural health are welcomed and may be submitted for consideration in the most appropriate of the six streams described below. Research abstracts should describe how the results have translated, or could translate, into policy, practice or service delivery.

Abstract Submissions Extended, Now Closing Thursday 30th May 2019.

The Health Education and Training Institute invites health professionals and researchers and others with an interest in rural health to submit an abstract for the 8th Rural Health and Research Congress for inclusion as:

  • Option One: Oral Presentation, 15 minutes (+ 5-minute Q & A)
  • Option Two: Workshop, 60 minutes (must be interactive)
  • Option Three: Discussion group / Brainstorming session, 45 minutes

High-quality submissions which are not chosen in one of the above categories will be invited to present their abstract as a Poster Presentation. Some poster presenters may also be offered a short oral presentation within the program.

Firstly, please choose the stream best suiting the topic area of your abstract.

In addition, please select one or two keywords from the list below describing the area of health care in which your project/research is based. This will allow us to cluster similar presentations together in the program. You will be asked for this keyword when submitting your abstract electronically.


I) Determinants of health – deeper insights
(Health impacts of factors such as income and social status, gender, physical environment, access to services, education, social networks, employment, housing etc)

II) The Rural Experience

(Experiences of rural consumers, patients, clinicians, managers, researchers, students etc)

III) Productive Partnerships
(Working with others to improve outcomes, experiences, knowledge and wellbeing)

IV) Our Rural Workforce – now and future
(Models of care, education, rural generalism, workplace wellbeing, etc)

V) Creativity – out of the box
(Surprise us….)

VI) Futureproofing Rural Health
(Health service planning and design, capacity, workforce education, managing system stressors, technology, safety etc.)


  • Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing
  • Technology
  • Consumers / Patients
  • Health Promotion / Community Development
  • Communities of Practice / Integrating Care
  • Mental Health / Drug and Alcohol
  • Aged Health / Residential Aged Care / End of Life Care
  • Disability / NDIS
  • Chronic Care
  • Research Methodology / Data Collection, Management and Reporting
  • Acute and Emergency Care
  • Arts in Health
  • Speciality services eg Justice Health/ Refugee Health / LGBTI Health / Women's Health / Men's Health / Children's Health
  • Oral Health / Eye Health
  • Health Service Planning / Leadership and Management
  • National Health Priority Areas (cancer control, cardiovascular health, injury prevention and control, mental health, diabetes mellitus, asthma, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, obesity, dementia)