Advancing Mental Health Care for Rural & Remote Communities

Unite to overcome the challenges of mental health accessibility

Thank You To Everyone For a Successful 2020 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

Over 300 professionals joined us online to hear from a stellar line-up of speakers committed to advancing rural & remote mental health care.

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.

Gain practical solutions to improve mental health services in Australia’s rural and remote areas at the 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

Prof Stephen King, Commissioner, Australian Productivity Commission

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

Mr Tom Brideson, Chief Executive Officer of Gayaa Dhuwi

Hon Chris Bowen, Shadow Minister for Health, Australian Government

2020 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

2020 Sponsors

Mental Health in Rural and Remote Areas

The virtual Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium pass gives you the practical advice and tools you need to advance rural and remote mental health.

This includes:


– Live stream access to ALL plenary sessions: create your own personalised program

– Real time Q&A opportunities

– Online meeting hub access: meet and chat with like-minded professionals

– Resource centre access to ALL concurrent session audio and visual material, (provided 2-3 days post-event)

– Access to our virtual exhibitor hall: discover the latest developments and innovations in mental health care, and connect with exhibitors via live chat

– Opportunities to win prizes by interacting with virtual exhibitors

– Over 10 hours towards CPD points, AND

– Your personalised certificate of attendance

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


Use our highly engaging digital platform for an interactive and engaging virtual learning experience.


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

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