Conference theme & streams

The theme for RMA20 is Respond. Recover. Reflect. Renew, and while it was all locked in before COVID-19 made the news, this theme is now more relevant than ever, and we hope it will encourage engaging and inspiring content for delegates. Read more about the conference streams below. 

Diversity in healthcare

Diversity in Healthcare

This stream promotes sharing resources and learnings to improve the delivery of safe, quality health care for populations where there are a diverse range of requirements, expectations and needs. Topics such as cultural and linguistic considerations; identity health (including LGBTIQ, Womens' and Mens' health); paediatrics; maternity services; and aged care will be covered in this stream.

Mental Fitness

The mental health of not only the community, but of the medical professional, is paramount, as work environments become increasingly competitive, stressful and unforgiving - often in the public eye across social media and news streams. Topics such as family conflict; caring for the carer; work/life balance in a rural community; mental health advocacy; peer support, and workforce resilience will be covered in this stream.
Environmental Impacts

Environmental Impacts

This stream covers constructive and progressive approaches to support sustainable development and growth whilst responding to emerging environmental threats to health and well-being in rural communities. Topics such as physical, chemical and biological influences; disease control; first responders; disaster planning and resilience; role of the rural generalist, and health risks from human development will be covered in this stream.
Doctors in Training

Doctors in Training

This stream is dedicated to our future rural generalists! Content relevant for medical students, interns, junior doctors and registrars will be covered in this stream.