Previous Conferences

RHC2020 Shangri-La Hotel LP: Rural Health Equity People in rural areas should get the same services as people based in urban areas: the same quality, the same resources, and the same ease of access to services. To achieve this we have to be innovative in securing health professionals passionate about working rural, demand redistribution of resources, recognise that “rural is different” and determine how we can support service delivery and the health workers in rural areas. RHC2021 Proceedings  RHC2021 Recordings

RHC2020 was cancelled because of the COVID-19 Pandemic

RHC2019 Port Shepstone KZN: Izwi lomphakathi wasemakhaya - The Rural Voice. See below for the conference summary RHC2019 Conference Proceedings       RHC 2019 Final Programme  RHC2019 recordings

RHC2018 Henley-on-Klip GP:  Building the Legacy of Rural Health: Leadership, Advocacy & Clinical Care  RHC2018 Conference Proceedings

RHC2017 Taung NW:  Exploring Innovative Solutions for Rural Health! RHC2017 Programme

Previous Conferences

For RuDASA Rural Doctor Conferences up to 2016 Rural Doctors Conference

RHC2021 Key Note Speakers

 Building Teams Keynote: Dr Mayara Floss (Brazil)

Populations that live in rural and remote areas are normally exposed to an environment full of disparity. There are less health care professionals, higher rates of chronic diseases, low breastfeeding rates and higher rates of infant mortality. Mayara Floss will share her journey through rural, the creation of  Rural Seeds and the work to construct a more equitable world.

Advocacy Key Note: Mark Heywood 

After 25 years, by all indicators, rural health equity is still a long way off. However, the Covid-19 pandemic is a gamechanger of the wrong sort: creating deeper inequalities, impacting negatively on social determinants of health and exacerbating healthcare service provision in rural areas. What needs to be done to put rural health equity back on track and to accelerate change, and by who? Is the vision of rural health advocates bold enough? Failure to act fast will leave rural health in a perpetual race against the effects of climate change and future pandemics. The lecture will try to address some of these questions and suggest a pathway towards equity and equality. 

Community and End Users Keynote: Nthabiseng Sibisi Traditional healing use is a big part of the black population health, about 80% of the poor and rural population makes use of it. Traditional leadership is the custodian of African indigenous practices, traditions, and customs in specific ethnic communities. Therefore, we nurses need to take cognisance of this central role and how it translates into community engagement around the rural health facility and the department of health if we are to add the voice of our end user and their truth/roots. 


PACASA Keynote: Solomon David Chomba (Malawi)

Clinical officers and Medical Assistants remain and will remain KEY players in health care system in Malawi and across the globe. Almost all (90%) of clinical work in Malawi are done by Clinical officers and Medical Assistants. It is high time that authorities and government consider recognizing these great men and women who have all along dedicated their time and passion in promoting quality health care while suffering in silence through unfair and unjustified remuneration and certification warranting the call for a clear academic and professional career pathway.


Health Systems Keynote: Lidia Pretorius Equitable access to health care ultimately requires conscious, measurable political and administrative choices, decisions and action. As guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, equality of outcome demands that redress features prominently in the options, decisions, and actions we take as health professionals and administrators. The poor health outcomes for most persons with disabilities living in rural communities is an indictment on every leader, manager and professional working in the health system who has failed to use their agency to make a difference. The presentation will explore the social and professional hierarchies that inform current health services planning and budgeting. It will look at the impact these hierarchies have on the health status of disenfranchised health service clients, the efficacy of the investment made, and the morale of health professionals finding themselves on the periphery of health systems management. The presentation will draw on the lessons learnt from stories told and research conducted over the past 30 years of working with and for persons with disabilities and their families. These will be used to illustrate how we can improve health service delivery by moving those last in the queue to the front of more inclusive and responsive health ecosystems. The evidence will show that conscience and consciousness, combined with compassion and courage, are often required to connect the health system's dots that bring about equity and equality.