Rural Emergency Care satellite conference 2017

Rural Emergency Care: Innovations and Research

Think again: New models for rural emergency care

Large emergency facilities are mostly alike, but every small rural emergency facility works in its own way, with challenges, benefits and resources unique to its town and setting. Old ways are under pressure and new models are being sought to draw together hospitals, ambulance services and clinicians.

Fortunately, there are many ideas for how this might be done. This conference aims to showcase a range of models – tested and untested – that show potential for building a safer, more efficient and sustainable rural emergency care system.

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.


Keynote Address: Emergency systems of care beyond the suburbs, Prof Peter Cameron

Professor Cameron is the Academic Director of The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre and Professor of Emergency and Divisional Head of Health Services Research at Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He is currently leading a Departmental review of the Victorian rural emergency care system.



Who should attend?

You should attend if you have a story of a hard-won success or have learnt from a hard-fought failure. If you have run out of ideas and can’t decide where to go next or you have an idea that just might work, if only you could toss it around with like-minded colleagues. You may wish to present your research on rural pre-hospital or emergency facility care.

The call for abstract submissions is now closed.


Registration: Online registrations are NOW CLOSED!

Convenors: Associate Professor Tim Baker, Rural Emergency Physician and Director, Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine. Ms Kate Kloot, Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine

Venue: Novotel Geelong.

Program: Wednesday, 6 September, 10:00am–4:00pm

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

  • About the author: Western Alliance

If you would like to write an article for our Talking Points newsletter or In Brief blog, email Cassandra Hamilton ( or call 03 4215 2900.