Delegates at the 15th National Rural Health Conference took over the Twittersphere this week, sharing snaps, news and views from the #ruralhealthconf, ensuring their wide-ranging discussions in nipaluna/Hobart had impact.
This was particularly significant, as was repeatedly mentioned during the conference, due to the upcoming federal election, with the recent NSW election result sending a clear message of dissatisfaction with the major parties from rural areas.
As the ABC reported: “More than half of New South Wales, geographically speaking, is now represented by the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers”.
To acknowledge the contributions of conference tweeters, Croakey donated five subscriptions to the best tweets en-route to the conference to:
- @Kara_Milne, Kara Milne, who dodged a cyclone to get there.
- @ACLambert whose ferry ran late and who drove through snow.
- @joannanotH, who shared reflections from the train.
- @nwqran, who snapped on the fly, and
- @FionaLDarling, for her focus.
Croakey News subscriptions are also being donated to the most engaging and value-adding conference tweeps. If you are not already following these tweeps, then…
A special mention to @Klick22 for most innovative use of the Twitter selfie during a keynote presentation (see below).Croakey will publish more articles from the conference in coming weeks, but in the meantime, here is a Twitter wrap of some of the sessions and selfies.
Data to drive solutions
Keynote from Kalinda Griffiths, Scientia Fellow, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of NSW on ‘Measuring health disparities in Australia: using data to drive solutions’
Mental health care in rural areas
Keynote: Luis Salvador-Carulla, Head, Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University
And more news
Under the spotlight
National rural health conferences are famous for their arts and cultural performances, and this year did not disappoint (with some presentations as well).
Selfies, snaps and farewells
We will publish more stories from the conference over the next week or so. Bookmark this link to track our #ruralhealthconf stories.