Take a look below for a list of our inspiring and informative speakers joining us for RMA21. Watch this space... We look forward to announcing new speakers as they come on board.

Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart


Dr Ruth Stewart was appointed as the second National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia in July 2020. She brings to this role nearly 30 years of work as a Rural Generalist doctor with the advanced skills of a GP obstetrician. Ruth and her husband Anthony Brown now live and work on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

For 22 years Ruth and Anthony were General Practitioners in private practice in Camperdown in south west Victoria where they had Visiting Medical Officer status in the local public hospital. In 2008 Ruth was employed as the inaugural Director of Clinical Training Rural with the then new medical school of Deakin University. Her role was to establish the rural program. She created a network of 12 growing to 18 Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship placements for third year medical students from Deakin University to spend the whole of their core clinical year in rural practice.

In 2012 Dr Stewart moved to north Queensland to become Associate Professor of Rural Medicine, Director Rural Clinical Training with James Cook University. In this role she oversaw the doubling of rural clinical placements for the medical school and worked clinically as a Senior Medical Officer at Mareeba Hospital. Ruth is a Past President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and was on the College’s board from 2002-2020 in various roles. She was on the board of the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service for 6 years, the Cape York Hospital Board for two years and has been on the board of several Regional Training Providers/Organisations for General Practice Training, on the board of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia for two years and the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre board for three years. She has held a number of representative and medico political roles including on the Distribution Advisory Group, and the Health Innovation Advisory Committee for the National Health and Medical Research Authority.

Ruth received a PhD from Flinders University in 2014. Her thesis examined the lessons learnt from a Managed Clinical Network of rural maternity services in South West Victoria. She has an abiding interest in quality of rural maternity services and sustainable models of rural health care.

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Dr Megan Belot
Dr Megan Belot (RDAA President Elect)

Megan is a Rural Generalist doctor working in rural Victoria, and President Elect of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA). She will replace Dr John Hall as RDAA President when his two year term expires in October 2021.

Megan currently works as a GP Anaesthetist and Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) at Echuca Hospital; as a GP Anaesthetist at Cohuna Hospital; and as a GP at the Northern District Community Health clinic at Kerang. She also has had experience working as a doctor with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Broken Hill base), undertaking emergency medical retrievals and remote bush GP clinics; and has undertaken other hospital and GP placements in locations as diverse as Christmas Island and Katherine (NT).

Megan is immediate past-President of the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria (RDAV). Outside medicine, Megan runs a cattle property with her husband Mick, and they have a young son Mack. She is also the proud owner of a red 1966 Ford Mustang coupe.

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speaker-Adam Coltzau
Dr Adam Coltzau


Adam is a Rural Generalist doctor and Medical Superintendent at St George in south-western Queensland, where he provides emergency, anaesthetics, obstetrics and generalist in-patient care at the local hospital, and general practice care at the St George Medical Centre.

He is also closely involved with Queensland’s Rural Generalist Pathway program, teaching GP registrars and junior doctors and mentoring registrars on that Pathway. Adam holds Fellowships of both the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Advanced) from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

He is a former President of both RDAA and the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ). Additionally, he helped establish the RDAQ Foundation in 2014 and served as the Foundation's inaugural Chair. Outside medicine, Adam enjoys camping and 4WDing.

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Dr Sarah Chalmers (ACRRM President)


Dr Sarah Chalmers worked in East Arnhem Land for 15 years, before moving to North Queensland in 2019. She has worked in private general practice, hospitals and remote Aboriginal communities and homelands in the Northern Territory and is now working as an Rural Generalist in Winton in Western Queensland.

She has always been interested in medical education, teaching medical students at Flinders University in the Northern Territory, and is now at James Cook University. She also enjoys teaching and supervising registrars. Her clinical interests include remote practice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, occupations and DNA sports medicine.

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Dr Norman Swan (Master of Ceremonies)

Dr Norman Swan hosts RN’s Health Report and since the COVID-19 pandemic, has co-hosted Coronacast, a daily podcast on the coronavirus.  Norman is also a reporter and commentator on the ABC’s 7.30, Midday, News Breakfast and Four Corners and a guest host on RN Breakfast

He is a past winner of the Gold Walkley. He created Invisible Enemies, on pandemics and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and broadcast in 27 countries. Norman was awarded the medal of the Australian Academy of Science and has an honorary MD from the University of Sydney. He is also the recipient of the Australian Skeptics Journalism Award 2020. Norman trained in Medicine and Paediatrics in Aberdeen, London and Sydney before joining the ABC.  

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