Compass 2020

Compass 2020: Now postponed

We have made the difficult decision to postpone our Compass conference due to the unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

A huge amount effort had already gone into the organisation of our premier professional development and networking event for health care professionals and this was not a decision we made lightly however, a necessary one to do our part in protecting the health of Territorians, true to our Compass 2020 theme 'Prevention in practice'.

Rest assured planning is already underway and we hope to come to you with a revised date in the near future.

We thank you for your understanding.

About Compass

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.

Registration for the conference is FREE. We are strongly committed to supporting remote health professionals to access learning, development and networking opportunities. This year, eligible delegates can apply for funding to support their travel and accommodation to attend Compass 2020. Find out more.

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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 primary health care workers may be eligible for a grant of up to two nights' accommodation to attend Compass 2020. Delegates living in areas outside of Darwin and Palmerston – areas classified as MMM 3-7 – are remote.

Complete the online form to apply.


Eligible delegates (non-government employees) are also invited to apply for a bursary to cover their travel costs to attend Compass 2020.

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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