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Outreach Forum

The annual Outreach Forum is a unique event that brings together health administrators, health practitioners, and other stakeholders who help deliver outreach services across NSW and the ACT. Outreach plays a key role in providing Aboriginal and rural communities increased access to health services.

The Forum is an opportunity to share best practice and learn about innovative outreach service models.

Past forums 


2019 Outreach Forum 

The 2019 Outreach Forum took place at Sydney’s Darling Harbour over 20 and 21 June. The forum brought together 120 health administrators, health practitioners and other Outreach Program stakeholders from 42 rural and Aboriginal organisations, as well as representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Social Services and other rural workforce agencies. The event provided an opportunity for the Outreach community to network, share best practice and learn about innovative Outreach service models and delegates enjoued inspiring presentations on managing diabetes, supporting cancer patients, smoking cessation, birthing on Country and more.

View the 2019 presentations below.

Opening address 

Presented by Richard Colbran, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Rural Doctors Network


Keynote presentation

'Reducing prescription opioid use through better access to pain management services – Rural Health Outreach Fund' 
Presented by Chris Jeacle, Assistant Secretary, Rural Access Branch, Australian Government Department of Health


Forum address 

'Armajun’s journey with Outreach'
Presented by Debbie McCowan, Chief Executive Officer, Armajun Aboriginal Health Service


Outreach Program update

Presented by Sharif Bagnulo, Senior Manager - Outreach Programs, NSW Rural Doctors Network



'Strengthening hospital capacity to deliver accessible services' 
Presented by Nathan Jones, Director of Aboriginal Health, South Western Sydney Local Health District



'Psychogeriatrics – squalor, elder abuse, dementia and more – adapting our services to cope with complex comorbidities'
Presented by Millie Ho, Psychogeriatrician, Wagga Wagga and Port Macquarie


Eye health panel

'How optometry and ophthalmology work together in an Outreach setting'

  • Dr Phil Anderton, Optometry NSW
  • Colina Waddell Project Manager - Australia - Public Health, Brain Holden Vision
  • Dr Michael Hennessy, RANZCO
  • Dr Peter Hinchcliffe, rural ophthalmologist.

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2018 Outreach Forum

In 2018, the Outreach Forum was held over 14 and 15 June at the Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney. The forum hosted 110 delegates and speakers from across NSW and inspired collaboration, networking and the exchange of ideas within the health Outreach sector. The forum hosted plenary speakers from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW, the Department of Health, and Outreach providers leading innovative services in NSW.

The table top presentations focused on themes of community engagement and collaboration, chronic disease prevention and management, and Medicare models. A range of speakers represented diverse Outreach services across NSW  including Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service, Hunter New England Local Health District, Grand Pacific Health, Central Coast Primary Care, Australian Hearing, Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community and Medical Services, Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, HealthWISE New England North West, Agency for Clinical Innovation, Awabakal Ltd., Sydney North Primary Health Network, South Western Sydney Local Health District, and NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN).

View the 2018 Outreach presentations below.


Outreach Program update

Presented by Sharif Bagnulo, Senior Manager - Outreach Programs, RDN.

Forum address

'Looking back, looking forward ... AHMRC and RDN in NSW' 

Presented by:

Christine Corby, OAM, Board Member Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW; RDN Board Member; CEO, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service

Kate Armstrong, Public Health Medical Officer, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW.

Plenary presentation one

'Aboriginal Otitis Media Clinics'

Presented by Dr John Curotta FRACS, Ear, Nose and (ENT) Surgeon, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Plenary presentation two

'Nurse led initiatives to improve access to colposcopy for Indigenous women in Western NSW' 

Presented by Leonie Parker, Nurse Practitioner, Orange Aboriginal Medical Service.

Panel discussion

Facilitated by Dr Liz Barrett, Public Health Physician and Medical Advisor, NSW Rural Doctors Network

Featuring Dr Naru Pal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee, Royal Australian College of Physicians; Jessica Waterworth, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, South Western Sydney Local Health District; Jill Murray, Clinic Manager, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service.


Powerpoint presentations

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2017 Outreach Forum

The 2017 Outreach Forum was held on 8 June 2017 in Sydney. View the 2017 Forum presentations below.


Welcome address

Presented by Richard Colbran, CEO, NSW Rural Doctors Network

Outreach Program update

Presented by Sharif Bagnulo, Senior Manager - Outreach Services, NSW RDN

Panel discussion

'Ensuring cultural competency in Outreach services'
Facilitated by Tim Allen, Aboriginal Health Programs Manager, Werin Aboriginal Corporation
Featuring Trish Levett, Aboriginal Health Worker, Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service; Jaqueline Khan, Aboriginal Health Worker – Outreach, Awabakal Medical Service; Kristika Kumar, Aboriginal Health Practitioner & Integrated Team Care Coordinator, South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation; Loretta Longbottom, Aboriginal Primary Health Worker, South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

Panel discussion

'Technology in Outreach'
Featuring Professor Branko Celler, Research Director, Telemedcare; Julia Martinovich, Telehealth Director, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation; Michael Edwards, Manager – Planning, Systems and Data Analysis, NSW Rural Doctors Network

Forum address

Presented by David Butt, CEO, National Rural Health Alliance