RHC2020       3rd to 5th september

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Conference Theme

Izwi lomphakathi wasemakhaya - The Rural Voice
The Rural Health Conference 2019 aims to be a space where the voice around rural health can be raised and amplified. Rural health – and rural people more generally – are underrepresented in the discourses and policy debates around how to achieve the goal of a long and healthy life for all. The Rural Health Conference will provide a vibrant space for a  wide range of health care professionals, students, activists and community health workers to stimulate debate, explore innovative solutions and raise our voices!



Ukulalela izwi lethu - Hearing our voice : 

We are looking for presentations from or about the community we serve so that we can contextualise their needs and develop service delivery and research practice for the future. This may include the work of students, community workers, traditional and faith based healers, as well as the broader community. Our Voice includes a reflection on what we have been saying, why it is important and whether anyone has been listening to what we say; as well as voicing concerns we have about ethical rural practice.

Ukusebenza ngezwi lethu - Acting on our voice:
There are many voices that guide the development of rural health services including government policy, rural advocates such as WONCA and RHAP, and WHO; but how is policy being translated into service delivery at the local level? We are looking for best practice ideas for building young professionals so they can survive & thrive, building dialogue with local communities and their healers, and solutions for good practice despite poor resources, and best practice for influencing service development and good practice.


Information on Abstract Submission

We welcome abstracts of all types and from all members of the multidisciplinary team, students and NGOs. This is a rural conference so the presentation should be applicable to rural situations:

Oral presentations are 15 minutes with 5 minutes discussion or time for questions

Posters should be accompanied by an oral presentation of 10 minutes

Oral and Poster Presentations can be about case studies, descriptions of programmes, formal research projects, ethical issues, highlighting service related problems, new ideas in prevention or care, etc.

Workshop times are either 60 or 90 minutes. It is possible to have 2 workshop times back to back but this can only be confirmed once the draft programme is developed. Workshop presentations should always include active participation of the delegates and so need to be either developing a skill, group exercises to understand concepts/issues, strategic planning etc. A series of oral presentations on the same topic is NOT a workshop.

Longer Pre-Conference Workshops are possible but require separate CPD points and must have a confirmed delegate list. Pre-Conference Workshops must be in partnership with one of the Conference Partners (RuDASA, RuReSA,PACASA or RuNurSA). These workshops can be attended by a wider range of people who do not have to sign up for the entire conference i.e. they can just attend the Pre-Conference Workshop.

If you think your presentation fulfils the criteria for ethics points, please give reasons in the “Comments” section.

Person presenting at the conference should be the first name if there are several authors and the contact details and biosketch should be for the person presenting the paper

All abstracts go through a peer review system in the month after the due date. A draft programme is developed after all abstracts are reviewed. The authors will be contacted to confirm their abstract has been accepted and for them to confirm they will attend once the draft programme has been developed. If you need to beconfirmed early because you are trying to get funding to attend please contact us.

If there are still spaces in programme at this point there will be a Final Call for Abstracts

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