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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.

2019 Outreach Forum

Be inspired by sharing and learning Outreach best practice with like-minded colleagues. 

Date: 20 - 21 June 2019
Venue: L'Aqua Cockle Bay Wharf Darling Harbour
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Past forums 


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 the NSW Rural Doctors Network.

View the 2018 Outreach presentations below.


Outreach Program update

Presented by Sharif Bagnulo, Senior Manager - Outreach Programs, NSW 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

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