The Territory’s biggest primary health care conference is set to return in 2022 after being cancelled two years in a row due to COVID-19.
Compass is Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NT PHN) and Rural Workforce Agency NT’s premier event for primary health care professionals and will take place at the Darwin Convention Centre from 11 to 12 August 2022.
After being cancelled in 2020 due to the global pandemic, Compass was set to return in November last year but once again had to be called off due to a COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown in Darwin.
After a two-year hiatus, NT PHN CEO, Gill Yearsley, said the conference, which is set to attract more than 400 delegates, was more important than ever.
“We are delighted to bring our premier conference and networking event back for our Territory primary health care professionals. It’s been a while since we were all together,” she said.
“The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Navigating the way forward’. After a tumultuous two years, it’s time to celebrate the resilience of our primary health care workforce, but also a chance to look to the future and focus on key learnings from the pandemic and the opportunities it has created.”
Ms Yearsley said this year’s program was packed with speakers from across Australia to assist with the professional development of the Territory’s workforce, including a Keynote speech from Dr Ruth Stewart, the National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia who will address key challenges such as building capacity in the workforce and developing innovative service delivery models.
Registration to Compass 2022 is free with a complimentary ticket to the Health Professional of the Year Awards, to be presented at a Gala Dinner on 12 August, also included.
Registrations are 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.
This year, delegates from outside of Darwin can also apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs. Grant applications close on 15 June 2022.
To register for Compass 2022, go to: https://aapevents.eventsair.com/compass2022
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