Western Alliance Annual Symposium

We are pleased to be hosting the Fourth Annual Symposium of Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre and Network. This year’s theme is Building Research Capacity in Regional and Rural Health Care – victories and valedictories, values and virtues.

The Symposium encourages health professionals, researchers, educators, policy makers and community representatives to share and discuss recent successes and advances in improving regional health outcomes, particularly in western Victoria, as well as ideas and strategies for building our capacity as a regional community for excellence in health services research.

Abstract submissions must address the theme of the Symposium and any of the following topics:

  • Victories – pilots, programs and approaches showing promise for regional, rural and remote health outcomes. Showcase and celebrate recent successes.
  • Valedictories – changes and trends in health care and service delivery. Explore what is new and emerging in health services research.
  • Values – ethics and excellence in health services research. Share and learn about ideas, theories, skills and techniques in undertaking high-quality research.
  • Virtues – action to achieve our values in regional and rural health. Share and learn about what we are doing as a region to improve health outcomes in our communities.

The Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle regarded temperance, wisdom, justice and courage as the four most desirable character traits. Applying these traits to ourselves as a regional community, we might consider how we manage risk (temperance), translate evidence into practice (wisdom) and policy (justice), and develop innovation (courage) through our research activities.

We hope you will join us – block it into your diary today!

Rural Emergency Care satellite conference 2017

Innovations and Research –Think again: New models for rural emergency care

The Rural Emergency Care Innovations and Research Conference is convened by Deakin University’s Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine, a joint venture of Alcoa of Australia, the Victorian Department of Health, South West Healthcare and Portland District Health. It is a satellite conference of Western Alliance’s Fourth Annual Symposium.

Details (both conferences)

Abstracts: Abstract submissions are now closed.

Venue: Novotel Geelong
10-14 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong

Registration: Registrations are NOW CLOSED. Contact Emma Smitten (4215 2900 if you wish to be added to the waiting list.


Click here to download the PDF. (provisional program).

Wednesday, 6 September –
Satellite workshop, Rural emergency care: innovation and research,
10:00am–4:00 pm

Thursday, 7 September –
Ethics in research: workshops and seminars
10:00am–4:00 pm

Symposium welcome event with guest speaker and entertainment
5:30–7:00 pm

Friday, 8 September –
10:00am–4:00 pm

For more information: Subscribe to Talking Points email updates or to inquire about registering, please contact Emma Smitten on 03 4215 2900 or emmasmittenwesternalliance.org.au

Symposium sponsor




Symposium contacts

Convenor: Dr Renee Otmar (reneeotmarwesternalliance.org.au), tel. 0448 246 415

Administrator: Ms Emma Smitten (emmasmittenwesternalliance.org.au)