The Rural Health Conference

The Rural Health Conference (RHC) has been an annual event since 1996. Initially started as a conference for rural doctors by RuDASA (Rural Doctor’s Association of South Africa) it has grown into a vibrant meeting of doctors, nurses, therapists, clinical associates, students NGOs and University lecturers interested in improving health care in rural areas. The conferences is now run by a partnership of RuDASA, RuReSA (Rural Rehabilitation South Africa), PACASA (Professional Association of Clinical Associates), and RuNurSA (Rural Nursing South Africa) Read More

The heart of the Rural Health Conference is in bringing together a diverse group of healthcare workers, activists, researchers, community members and others, who are united by their passion for rural health. You will have the opportunity to hear what’s happening at local, provincial and national level from the advocacy organisations who fight for better rural budgets and policies, and to connect with people from different provinces, professions and perspectives on rural health. Whether you are an expert clinician or a student, an activist or an official, a researcher or the mother of a disabled child, your participation is welcomed.

Welcome to RHC2023

Theme: Celebrating Rural Service

Dates: Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th September

The Rural Health Conference is a family-friendly weekend of growing, networking, fun and adventure, much like Rural Health itself!

Conference Theme

It is time to showcase the amazing rural services we have developed. We want you to tell your story about what you are doing that is working . You don't have to have done research to present at the RHC!

Celebrating Rural Health Service Campaign

Send us your pics!

We celebrating the EXTRAORDINARY service of all our rural health care professionals to honour our doctors, nurses, clinical associates, occupational therapists, physios, speech therapists & audiologists, dieticians, pharmacists, counsellors, community health care workers and more.

Rural Health can be tough, but also inspiring, illuminating, at times hilarious and often life changing.

PLEASE SEND US ONE (OR MORE) OF YOUR FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM YOUR TIME AT A RURAL HEALTH FACILITY. Include your name, facility, job title at the time the photo was taken, and the date. Add a caption / story if you wish (max 250 words). Upload here .

Conference Location 

Emerald Vale logo

Our venue this year is the rustic Emerald Vale Brewery, named after the 400ha farm Emerald Vale. It lies nestled in the green hills between the Chintsa and Chefani Rivers some 4 kilometers from the Chintsa East coastline. There will be a 5km run set up and volleyball court. Or you can just commune with nature. Please note there is no accommodation at the venue.

Contact for general information about the venue: Tel: +27 43 738 5397

Mobile: +27 73 078 9688

1221 Emerald Vale Farm Chintsa East

GPS Co-ordinates: 

S 32.8067° 

E 28.0802° 

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