Chronic Disease in Regional & Rural Australia - Obesity, Prostate Cancer & Mental Health Conference

8:30am Thursday, 18 October 2018
11:00am Friday, 19 October 2018
Allison Dickson Theatre, University of Southern Queensland
West Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350

On behalf TSBE and our event partners, we are delighted to introduce the 2018 Conference on Chronic Disease in Regional and Rural Australia: Obesity, Prostate Cancer and Mental Health.

Thursday, October 18

Each year, USQ’s Institute for Resilient Regions hosts a week of activities highlighting its research programs and partnerships aimed at improving the prosperity, health and well-being of regional and rural Australians. This year their theme is on chronic disease with a focus on obesity, prostate cancer and mental health in regional and rural communities and asking the question: Are we being innovative with the solutions?

As part of this year’s Resilient Regions activities, TSBE will be facilitating a full day conference on Thursday, October 18.

We are currently experiencing a divide between urban and rural Australia in terms of healthcare. This disparity between the health of regional and urban communities will be the key focus when we hold this Resilient Regions Conference in Toowoomba, which will provide individual sessions to bring awareness and discussions to the issues of obesity, prostate and mental health.

The conference will bring together international research experts, health professionals and key regional stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for bridging the urban and regional divide in Australia and to promote the discussion around better innovation for health and wellbeing.

View the program here. 

Member price: $100
Non Member price: $120 

USQ staff and student registrations, email: [email protected]

Friday, October 19

Following the conference, we will be hosting a Community Forum to discuss and make a call to action on Health and well-being in Regional Australia. Keynote speakers for this forum include Merrilyn Strohfeldt, CEO of Darling Downs & West Moreton PHN; Dr Diane Harner of Clever Minds; and Melinda Covey-Hansen of Toowoomba Change Project. 

This community forum is a free event and morning tea will be provided. If you would like to attend the Friday forum only, please RSVP to TSBE here. 


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Contact Information

Jaden Frame- General Manager, TSBE Health

For more information including speaking and sponsorship opportunities please contact Jaden.

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