Advancing Mental Health Care for Rural & Remote Communities

Unite to overcome the challenges of mental health accessibility

Our Community Health & Safety Policy – COVID-19 Update

We are committed to delivering you a symposium experience of the highest quality and hold the health & safety of all attendees in the upmost regard.

We will be strictly adhering to all measures of social distancing regulations, and health & safety precautions to create a safe environment to connect, learn and network.

In the event that Australian restrictions prevent us from delivering our conference in a traditional face to face manner, we will be progressing via our online hosting platform.

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Creating Resilience and Overcoming Adversity in Rural & Remote Mental Health

Australians in rural and remote areas are able to access mental health services at a fifth of the rate of those in urban areas. This increases suffering for those seeking mental health help, support and treatment.

Discover ways to advocate and provide equal mental health care for all Australians.

Gain practical solutions to improve mental health services in Australia’s rural and remote areas at the 2020 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium.

What People Are Saying

2020 Keynote Speakers

Dr Gabrielle O’Kane, CEO National Rural Health Alliance

Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet, Federal Member for Flinders (Via Video)

Dr Denise Riordan, Chief Psychiatrist, ACT Health Directorate

Dr Daniel Rock, Principal Advisor & Research Director, WA Primary Health Alliance

Ms Caro Swanson, Principal Advisor, Mental Health & Service User Lead

Ms Rosalyn Bell, Assistant Commissioner, Australian Government Productivity Commission

Mr Tim Heffernan, Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of New South Wales

Mr Tom Brideson, Chief Executive Officer of Gayaa Dhuwi

Keynote Plenary Panel

Dr Alison Schafer, Mental Health Expert, WHO

Professor Phil Batterham, Professor at the Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University

Dr Ruth Vine, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health, Department of Health

Professor David Forbes, Director, Phoenix Australia


Mental Health in Rural and Remote Areas

With a selection of case studies, research findings, lived experience speakers and workshops, you will leave the 2020 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium with the practical advice and tools to advance rural and remote mental health.


This includes addressing factors such as:

• Location

• Cost

• Accessibility

• Funding

• Worker attraction and retention

• Stigma of seeking help

The rate of suicide in rural and regional areas is about 40% higher than capital cities

91% of psychiatrists have their main practice in a major city

People in cities receive around 40% more mental health services than those in rural and remote areas



In less than 3 minutes you'll be closer to the knowledge you need to make an impact


Too much to see? Relax, you'll receive all presentation notes and audio recordings


Gain the insight, advice and skills to advance mental health care for our rural and remote communities

E-Delegate Registration

Experience the 2020 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium from the comfort of your home or office.

Super Early Bird (Closes 31 July)

$199 + GST

2 Day Registration Early Bird From


$1,009 + GST

$817 + GST

3 Day Registration Early Bird From


$1,109 + GST

$899 + GST

Group Registration of 3+ Members From


$2,697 + GST

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