Fifth Annual Symposium – 2018

Western Alliance’s Fifth Annual Symposium will highlight efforts to improve and promote health and wellbeing in western Victoria through evidence-based interventions and research. It is an opportunity to showcase research results and studies currently underway in western Victoria. Health-service based research is of particular interest.

Symposium theme and topics

Good health and wellbeing: It matters to rural and regional communities.

  • Ageing in place: Dream or reality?
  • Service delivery models in rural and regional health
  • Innovations in overcoming accessibility and remoteness
  • Equity and equality in rural health and health care
  • Indigenous health in rural Australia

To register for the Symposium, click here. Registrations have now CLOSED!


The program for the Symposium has now been released, click here to read more.

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers for the Symposium have been announced, click here to read more.


To view accommodation options, click here.  Accommodation must be booked and paid for by the attending delegate, Western Alliance is unable to book accommodation for you.


This year, Western Alliance is collaborating with the National Centre for Farmer Health, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a one-day conference to be in conjunction with the Symposium.


The National Centre for Farmer Health’s conference program is designed to encourage and continue relationships across sectors, to reflect the true diversity of health, wellbeing and safety outcomes in farming communities across Australia.

To register to attend the Conference, click hereRegistrations have now CLOSED!

Conference theme and topics

Good health, wellbeing and safety: Making a difference to farmers’ lives.

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

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Climate change and health in rural communities
  • Supporting mental health in farming communities
  • Innovative engagement
  • Service delivery models in farming communities.


Sponsor recognition



Western Alliance and the National Centre for Farmer Health would like to thank the Southern Grampians Shire Council for its grant and in-kind support.




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Conference Convenor, National Centre for Farmer Health: Prof Susan Brumby

Symposium Convenor: Dr Renee Otmar, tel. 0409 792 799

Administrative Officer: Ms Cassandra Hamilton, tel. 03 4215 2900

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