AYRI 2023 Call for abstracts

Our conference theme, Health Equity for the Bush, is aimed at bringing together clinicians, academics, and researchers who are working or interested in rural and remote health.

This theme will form the basis of the conference program, and will allow the sharing of research, experiences and practices that are designed with the aim to improve health equity for people living in the bush.

Abstracts are invited to be submitted for the following presentation options

Individual or group oral presentations

  • 15 minute presentation, plus 5 minutes question time

Lightning presentations

  • 5 minute presentation, plus 5 minutes question time

Academic Poster display

We encourage students and first-time presenters such as clinicians and novice researchers to submit an abstract.

MCRRH Research staff are holding abstract writing and Powerpoint presentation workshops for those interested. For more information and to register, please visit our conference information page.

For more information about writing your abstract including abstract structure, review and evaluation, please download our abstract guidelines.

AYRI 2023 abstract guidelines


Key Dates

Abstract submissions are now closed.

Abstract acceptance notifications

Week of Monday 24th April (for abstracts submitted by COB Friday 14th April only)

Abstracts submitted after Friday 14th April will be notified as soon as possible.

'Early Bird' Registrations

$550.00 inc GST

Discount ends 4th June, 2023


Standard registrations

$650.00 inc GST

Registrations close 25th June, 2023


Abstract topics for the AYRI 2023 conference are:

Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

Around 32% of  Australians living in remote and very remote areas are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander compared to 1.8%  of the population in major cities. With lower life expectancies, higher burden of disease, poorer self-reported health, a higher likelihood of being hospitalised than non-Indigenous Australians, and poorer access to, and use of, primary health care services than people living in major cities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples bear a disproportionate burden of disease.

The recent First Nations Health Equity legislative reform in Queensland is seeking to address these health disparities with Queensland Health and the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) leading change to achieve health equity, actively eliminate racial discrimination and institutional racism, and influence the social, cultural and economic determinants of health. Centering the voices, leadership and lived experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in driving the health equity reform agenda, the First Nations Health Equity agenda is a watershed in Queensland public health system policy. What does that mean for the bush?

 AYRI 2023 welcomes submissions on topics addressing health equity through:

  • Indigenous health workforce development;
  • Indigenous health improvement; and
  • Indigenous health “in Indigenous hands”: including co-designed and co-implemented strategies.
Rescuing Rural Generalism

A focus of the 2023 AYRI conference in Mount Isa is the future of rural generalism. It is well known that there are workforce shortages in all health professions and access to health care in rural and remote areas is becoming much more difficult. The concept of rural generalism has been discussed for the last decade or two and the medical profession is more advanced, with well-defined training and career pathways facilitated by medical schools, specialty Colleges (ACRRM and RACGP) and Queensland Health.

Progress has been made in some of the allied health professions, while less has been achieved in nursing. Various workforce models have been suggested, but questions remain. How well is the medical RG pathway working? Is there a need for similar models in other health professions? Could Rural Health Multidisciplinary Teams assist health professionals to work to full scope? If so, how? Is the medical rural generalist model appropriate for other health professions or do we need different models? Should the rural generalist model be limited to only small town rural and remote communities (e.g. MM4-7)?  How do we keep the discussions away from turf wars between powerful national groups with vested interests? How can we avoid individual, potentially competitive 'role-substitution' models and focus on developing complementary interprofessional education teams?

Submissions on this theme are welcome.

Addressing Health Inequities

Rural and remote populations face greater health inequities than their regional and metropolitan counterparts, due to distance, geographical isolation, higher burden of disease, higher rates of lifestyle-related risk factors, and poorer access to health services. Reducing health inequities requires a multifaceted approach, with contributions from many different aspects of health service delivery.

AYRI 2023 welcomes abstracts that focus on any aspect of improving rural and remote health inequities, by advancing our understanding of inequities and sharing strategies which aim to reduce health disparities in the Bush.

Strengthening the Rural and Remote Health Workforce

Rural and remote health services face a variety of challenges related to chronic understaffing of medical, nursing, and allied health professionals, and many policies and strategies have been implemented aimed at improving this persistent issue. Rural and remote health workforce shortages are related to a number of negative outcomes, including inadequate access to services, poor continuity of care and negative patient experiences, greater financial expenses for health services, and staff safety. Improvements to rural and remote health workforce will contribute to AYRI 2023's theme of Health Equity in the Bush.

Innovative Practices

AYRI 2023 encourages presentations focused on innovative methods, techniques and strategies within rural and remote health services that are resulting in changes to practice which improve (or have the potential to improve) health outcomes.

We welcome presentations which focus on the application of new methods of treatment, patient engagement, or how working outside of a clinician's usual scope of practices can result in positive patient experiences and improved outcomes for patients, clinicians, and health services.

Abstract submissions are now closed.

Abstract Submission Terms and Conditions

By agreeing to the terms and conditions, you agree that the information provided above is true and correct.

All accepted presenters will be required to register and make payment. A discounted early bird registration will be available.

By submitting your abstract you are confirming your intention to register and attend the 11th biennial “Are You Remotely Interested…?” Conference 2023: Health Equity for the Bush.

Accepted abstracts/presentations provide the consent for James Cook University, Centre for Rural and Remote Health to reproduce the abstract/presentation in conference material and proceedings, including but not limited to, website, publications, advertising/promotion, careers and employment, email promotion, social media and alumni.

All abstracts must be written in English to an academic standard.

All abstracts must be original, unpublished works.

The presenter/s and/or abstract submitter is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.

All submissions must be completed electronically via the Abstract Submission Form on the Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health website (

AYRI 2023 Media Policy: Photographs, video footage, web streaming, podcasts and social media may occur throughout the conference. This media may be used by James Cook University, Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health, for publications, advertising/promotion, careers and employment, email promotion, social media and alumni. I understand that the media will be stored securely and that the use of the images does not give me any right to request payment.

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