International Conferences

In 2017 ACRRM hosted both the World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine and the WONCA World of Rural Health conference. 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

April 2017 in Cairns, Qld Australia. Hosted by ACRRM.

The third Summit attracted some 200 people from 23 countries.  The Summit reaffirmed its commitment to the Cairns Consensus and work-shopped detailed action plans for advancing Rural Generalist Medicine - through Recognition, Research, Communications and engagement, and a common Policy Toolkit.

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 through collaborative development of a strategic action framework for research, policy, communications, and partnerships. The outcomes were presented at the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice 13th WONCA World Rural Health Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia 14-18 April 2015.

1st World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine

30 October - 2 November 2013 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Hosted by 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.

14th WONCA World of Rural Health Conference

29 April - 2 May 2017 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Hosted by ACRRM.

Held in collaboration with the 14th National Rural Health Conference and the third World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine.

The World Rural Health Conferences are presented by the WONCA (World Association of Family Doctors) Rural Working Party.

The 2017 Conference attracted almost a thousand delegates from nearly 40 countries and included over 150 presentations and workshops.

RGM 2017