Compass 2020

Registrations opening soon!

Compass is Northern Territory PHN incorporating Rural Workforce Agency NT’s premier professional development and networking event for people working in primary health care in the NT.

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NT PHN is committed to the ongoing support of health professionals living in remote areas. This year, remote delegates can apply for funding to support their travel and accommodation. Find out more.

Navigating Upstream: Prevention in Practice

The river analogy is used to describe the journey of health between prevention strategies applied upstream at a community and individual level, and illness management plans applied downstream in partnership with individuals.

How do we get there? To shift our focus upstream, we must invest in health promotion and addressing the social determinants of health.

At Compass 2020 we will delve into these factors and explore practical applications of preventive health measures to promote the best health outcomes for Territorians. Of course, we can’t achieve this without a healthy and resilient primary health care workforce, and practitioner wellbeing and contemporary wellbeing practices will be a key focus throughout the conference.

Who should attend Compass?

Practitioners of all specialities – anyone who is interested in learning and sharing their professional knowledge of primary health care in their regional or remote setting – including:

  • GPs and other doctors working in primary health care
  • Allied health professionals
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Practice staff

Why should you attend Compass?

Over 400 delegates from across the NT attended Compass in 2019. Feedback from the delegates who completed the post-event survey included:

  • 9 out of 10 of delegates said the topics presented were either relevant or very relevant to their professional practice
  • 98% said they would recommend Compass to their colleagues

‘It’s a fantastic opportunity for our diverse group of primary health care practitioners to learn and network.’

‘Great venue, great conference. A free and accessible conference for primary health care.’

‘I like that it brings together professionals from across disciplines and from urban/remote areas to participate and learn from the variety of educational sessions offered. Doing this free of charge facilitates capacity to attend. The program ran smoothly with staff being very helpful at all times.’

Listen to the presentations from the 2019 conference.


Remote NT delegates are eligible for a grant of up to two nights' accommodation for Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August to attend Compass 2020. Remoteness is classified using the Modified Monash Model (MMM). Delegates living in areas outside of Darwin and Palmerston classified MMM 3-7 are remote.
Complete the online form to apply.


Remote NT delegates are invited to apply for a bursary to cover their travel costs to attend Compass. Delegates must apply for the bursary before undertaking the educational activities (including travel) that they would like to claim. Activities undertaken prior to an application approval are not eligible for payment.

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