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Annual Rural GP Conference 2021

2021 RDWA Conference and Long Service Medal Awards

Building on a history of great clinical content, the 2021 Annual GP Conference yet again delivered a strong, relevant clinical program to you, the rural GP workforce.

This year the pre-conference Procedural Workshops were open to all conference attendees. “Working on a Knife’s Edge” for GP Anaesthetists and GP Obstetricians, and “Challenging Times - Managing High Risk Emergencies in a Rural Environment” for GPs were facilitated by RDWA’s training partner Learn EM.

We would like to thank all the presenters who contributed to such a great conference.

Ranging from managing rural emergencies to obstetrics and anaesthetics, the broad range of topics covered over the two days offered something for everyone. This included Prof Ruth Stewart’s key note presentation on the work of the National Rural Health Commissioner and her presentation with Dr Lucie Walters on Clinical Courage; Dr Anthony Chitti’s engaging workshop on acute and chronic paediatric presentations and conditions; and the address by clinical scientist, Prof Lorimer Moseley AO, on tackling persistent pain in rural communities.

A fun circus performance and a day trip to Monarto Zoo with an up close Lion Encounter kept the families of GPs attending the conference entertained across the two days.

Celebrating the work and achievements of rural GPs who have served their rural communities for 35 years, attendees and guests gathered at the RDWA Long Service Medal Dinner on Saturday evening.  

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia, delivered the opening address on the evening and the Honourable Stephen Wade MLC, Minister of Health and Wellbeing also provided special recognition for attendees. Prof Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner presented the medals alongside Dr Mike Beckoff, RDWA Chair, to the worthy recipients. Providing the entertainment, the band The Rock Doctor’s kept guests on the dancefloor long after the evening’s celebrations officially came to an end.

View the 2021 Program here.

View photos of highlights from the 2021 RDWA GP Conference and Long Service Medal Dinner here.