International Conferences

In 2017 the ACRRM will host both the World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine and the WONCA World of Rural Health. The two peak events for the international community of rural health professionals and academics.

World Summits on Rural Generalist Medicine

The World Summits on Rural Generalist Medicine have become the peak gathering for the international community of Rural Generalists. These have arisen as adjunct events to the WONCA World Rural Health Conferences which also provide a key platform for international discussion on rural health. Together with its key international partners, the College has been seminal in the creation and ongoing strength of these landmark events.

3rd World Summit of Rural Generalist Medicine

Apr 2017 in Cairns, Qld Australia. To be hosted by the ACRRM.

Previous Summits

1st World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine

30 Oct - 2 Nov 2013 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Hosted by the ACRRM.

Two hundred delegates from 19 countries attended this event. The outcome was the Cairns Consensus Statement on Rural Generalist Medicine, which defines the concept of Rural Generalist Medicine and identifies priorities for action.

2nd World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine

8-9 April 2015 in Montreal, Canada. Hosted by the Society of Rural Physicians Canada (SRFC). (View website)

The Summit agreed to build on the Cairns Consensus and to jointly develop: a strategic research framework; identification of policy enablers; strategic collaborations; an international communication strategy. An International Task Group was formed to progress these actions and to seek international endorsement through both WONCA and WHO. The outcomes were presented at the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice 13th WONCA World Rural Health Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia 14-18 April 2015.

14th WONCA World of Rural Health Conference

29 Apr - 2 May 2017 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Hosted by ACRRM. (View website)

To be held in collaboration with the 14th National Rural Health Conference and the 3rd World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine.