Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

The 8th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, 'Connecting research, practise & communities is being held in Canberra 6 - 7 October 2021 and the call for abstracts is now open.

The Symposium will focus on rural and remote health research that informs strategic health policy, and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia into the future.  

Presentations are now being sought from emerging and active researchers.

For abstract guidelines and details about the various presentation types visit the Symposium website at 

The call for abstracts closes on 13 June 2021.



CHARM 2021 – Save the date!

The CHARM program committee are happy to announce that CHARM is back in 2021.CHARM 2021 will be held as an online conference, 27-30 July.

CHARM facilitates collaboration between health researchers, students, policy makers, carers, consumers, industry and clinicians from a diverse range of health disciplines and is the premier meeting for the communication and translation of health-related research practice in the ACT.


Value-Based Health Care Conference

The inaugural Value-Based Health Care Conference will be held in Perth and online in May 2021 to raise awareness of value-based healthcare (VBHC) and the work being done in this area across any/all disease types or conditions. The aim of the conference will be to showcase and celebrate Australian value-based healthcare innovation, initiatives, implementation, research, and training from all areas of the health care system, with discussion on topics as diverse as cancer, stroke, dental health, and more.

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Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Mission Consultations


Help chart the course for future grant funding opportunities under the MRFF.

There are six MISSION consultations underway on MRFF roadmaps and implementation plans. These documents will guide the future direction and funding under these missions. Details on the roadmaps and accompanying documents are located on the Commonwealth Department of Health Consultation Hub (links  below). Consider registering for the many webinar discussions on the mission or missions that are most relevant to your work. Submissions for each mission are typically limited to three questions with 200-300 word limits. You are encouraged to get involved as this will chart the course for future grant funding opportunities under the MRFF. Submissions are due 23 April 2021.


Links to the MRFF roadmap and implementation plan consultations: 

  1. Cardiovascular Health Mission 

  2. Traumatic Brain Injury Mission

  3. Genomics Health Futures Mission

  4. Stem Cell Therapies Mission

  5. Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission

  6. Indigenous Health Research Fund

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Inquiry into the Medical Research Future Fund 


The Australian National Audit Office is undertaking an inquiry to assess whether the Department of Health is effectively managing the Medical Research Future Fund. Key questions (1) Are the MRFF governance arrangements effective, (2) has MRFF legislation, governance, strategies and priorities guided selection of medical research initiative; and (3) does Health effectively monitor, measure and evaluate MRFF’s performance? The inquiry will report in September, and submissions are due by 30 May 2021.

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HETI Allied Health Scholarships

Scholarships are available to permanent fulltime or part time allied health clinicians employed and currently working in a rural located public health service, to assist with educational expenses directly associated with post-graduate study. In 2020 the scholarships were valued at up to $10,000 dependent on the course undertaken.

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Spatial mapping

Learn more about how spatial maps are used to solve health pattern puzzles and please try this new national information system for tracking COVID-19. This interactive mapping tool is being developed to empower primary care providers and community to track COVID-19. Your feedback is welcomed.