This year’s Rural Health Week – including the Rural Doctors’ Conference – which aims to raise the profile of rural health issues locally, regionally and nationally, will be held from September 27 to October 3.
The theme chosen by the Institute of Rural Health (IRH), which organises the week, is ‘Reaching Out: Enabling access to services for the vulnerable and hard to reach in rural areas’.
“The theme builds on work that we have done on rural stress and rural support and recent rural health research,” said Jane Randall-Smith, IRH chief executive. “It’s about creating different ways to make services more accessible for people who are often at risk of missing out.
“The theme is intended to be all encompassing and we hope everyone with an interest in rural health and wellbeing will get involved. We are looking for examples of innovation across the UK that address these needs.”
The week is designed to bring together people at all levels, from individuals and voluntary organisations to health professionals and local government workers, to celebrate the successes as well as to raise awareness of the challenges involved in delivering health and care services to dispersed rural communities.