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Rural Health Conference

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Since 1996 RuDASA organised an annual rural doctors conference in a rural town which attracted a range of rural health professionals from all over the country. In 2014 it became the Rural Health Conference as it had far outgrown it's original brief, and in 2017 it became a joint project with RuReSA, PACASA and RuNurSA.

The conference is a much-anticipated, vibrant forum which combines a mixture of sessions ranging from clinical skills updates for and by a wide range of health professionals to emotive discussions and workshops on issues such as justice and equity. The conference is ideal for exchanging ideas and is ideal for networking. Younger colleagues and students are also encouraged to attend.

A highlight of the conference is the gala Dinner and Award Ceremony in which doctors, nurses, clinical associates and therapists are recognised for their outstanding role in rural health.

RHC2016 Saturday 6th - 9th August 2016, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.
Theme : Rural Health 20/20: through the looking glass of the past, the present and the future.
link to the conference programme : Programme16

RHC2015 23-26 September 2015 – Dunkeld Country Estate, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga.
Theme : Humane Health Care 'Bringing the heart back into health care practice'.
link to the conference programme : Programme15

RHC2014 21-24 September 2014 - Worcester, Western Cape.
Theme : Building Resilience in Facing Rural Health Realities.

RHC2013 8-10 August 2013 - St.Lucia, Kwazulu-Natal.
Theme : Going back to the roots.
link to the conference programme : Programme13

RHC2012 6 - 7 September 2012 - Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital, Cape Town Metro District Health Services and School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town.
Theme : Does primary care have a role in meeting the health care needs of transgender persons?
link to the conference programme : Programme12

RHC2010 26 - 28 August 2010 - The Royal Villas, Ezulwini Valley, Swaziland.
Theme : Inspiration without Borders.
link to the conference programme : Programme10

RHC2009 27th - 29th August 2009 - Broederstroom, North West Province.
Theme : The Challenge of Chronic Diseases.
link to the conference programme : Programme09

RHC2008 18 - 20 September 2008 - Beaufort West, Karoo, Western Cape.
Theme : The Rural Health TEAM – Together Each Achieves More.
link to the conference programme : Programme08

RHC2007 23 -25 August 2007 - Forever Resorts, Badplaas, Mpumalanga.
Theme : recruitment, training and retention of healthcare professionals in underserved areas.
link to the conference programme : Programme07

RHC2006 10 & 11 August 2006 - Canefields Country House Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal.
Theme : inspiring rural health.
link to the conference programme : Programme06 .

RHC2005 7th - 9th August - Bulungula Backpackers Wild Coast, Transkei.

RHC2004 21 –23 September 2004 - Ocean Conference Centre, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
Theme : Towards better rural health care.
link to the conference programme : Programme04

RHC2003 7th - 8th August 2003 - Boland College, Worcester.
link to the conference programme : Programme03

RHC2002 9th - 11th August 2002 - Sabie, enhlanzeni, Mpumalanga.
Theme : Rural Practice: The Healthy Adventure.
link to the conference programme : Programme02