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 RHC2022

Learning, Adapting, and Thriving

Dates: Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd September

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

Conference Theme

The Covid-19 Pandemic posed immense challenges on our health services and us as people. This forced us to learn, adapt and thrive – and we believe that in rural areas we are one step ahead of the rest. This is achieved by innovative and passionate health professionals working with our communities. We are used to dealing with crisis, allocating limited resources, strengthening systems, thinking outside the box, distant learning, and being connected to families and showing compassion until the end of life. 

At this conference we will have a change to share our accomplishments, learn through our challenges and be inspired to thrive. 

Rural just is different!

Conference Location 


DeOpstal Logo

Opstal Country Lodge Near Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

This year the RHC will be held on a farm outside Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, which is a unique rural town with many tourist attractions. It hosts an annual cultural festival (KKNK), and the district hospital also hosts medical and physiotherapy students from Cape Town. Oudtshoorn is attractive for the whole family with multiple activities such as the Cango Caves, that can be enjoyed by all. 

Contact for accommodation: 

reservations@deopstal.org.za

044 279 2944 

082 800 2032


GPS Co-ordinates: 

S 33'29.247' 

E 022'14.816'