Compass primary health care professional development event is back for 2021

Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NT PHN) has today opened registrations for the Compass Teaching and Learning Conference 2021, to be held 5-6 November at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Compass is the premier professional development and networking event for primary health care professionals in the Northern Territory and is proudly presented by Northern Territory Primary Health Network incorporating the Rural Workforce Agency NT.

Compass was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 but is back and expected to attract over 400 delegates from across the Territory, as well as national keynote speakers.

NT PHN Chief Executive Officer, Gill Yearsley said “We’re very excited to have our Compass event back on in 2021. It’s a fantastic opportunity not only to bring our primary health care professionals together, but to reflect on their efforts over the past 12 months as part of the COVID-19 response.

We have seen amazing resilience and flexibility from our primary health care workforce and we’re pleased to be able to recognise that and share our learnings with each other.”

Compass is a free event for all delegates to attend and will also incorporate the Health Professional of the Year Awards, to be presented at the Gala Dinner.

“These awards recognise health professionals working in the NT who have made an outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing in their community,” said Ms Yearsley.
Compass 2021 is open to anyone working within, or with, the health sector including:

  • general practitioners
  • nurses and midwives
  • allied health professionals
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals
  • Health service support staff
  • medical educators
  • government and community advocates
  • health students

The Compass program spans two days and this year is working to the theme of ‘Navigating the way forward’ in recognition of the tumultuous year we’ve had in 2020.
Ms Yearsley said, “We want to acknowledge that the pandemic has changed the way we need to operate and share some of the learnings, but also look forward in a positive way to focus on supporting our workforce and harnessing the knowledge and technologies available to us.”

Registration is now open, including for the Gala Dinner. Accommodation and travel grants are also available to support those outside of Greater Darwin who may wish to attend.

To register, visit:


NT PHN – Cassandra Buckley, Marketing & Communications Manager
Ph: 8982 1041
M: 0448 800 438