Rethinking Remote 2024


Each year the conference has grown and developed. What makes the conference special is the cross sector sharing of information, ideas, research, and solutions from experts both locally and from across the globe. It provides a showcase for the sharing of practical initiatives that are already making a difference to the health and wellbeing of remote and rural communities. A call to submit abstracts for poster/oral presentation will go out in November 2023.

The Conference Programme will be posted here once the details have been confirmed. In the meantime, you can see what you missed in our 2022 Programme below…

RR22 Programme (archive)

08.30 - 09.30

Registration Coffee/Tea & Exhibitions

09.30 - 09.35


09.35 - 10.00

Keynote Presentation

Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Social Care, Scottish Government

10.00 - 10.30


Presentation 1

Title: Scottish Health Innovation: Remobilise / Redesign / Recover

Prof David Lowe, Clinical Director for Health Innovation for Scottish Government


10.30 - 11.00

Presentation 2

Title: Technology enabled communication in the NHS

Prof Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Science, University of Oxford

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee/Tea & Exhibitions

11.30 - 12.45


Delegates can attend one workshop or the oral abstract presentations.

Title: Scot Cap Scotland – clinical evaluation of colon capsule endoscopy

Workshop Lead: Campbell Macleod, Specialty Registrar, NHS Highland

Title: Recruitment and Retention in Rural Scotland – Lessons Learnt from 6 Years of Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative

Workshop Lead: Dr Charlie Siderfin, Clinical Advisor, Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative

Title: An overview of rural health in care in Wales, its aims and activities

Workshop Lead: Anna Prytherch, Rural Health & Care Wales Project manager

Title: Making rural less remote

Workshop Lead: Dr Morven Wilson, Head of Undergraduate teaching, Highland Campus & Sheena Murdoch Lead in R&R University of Aberdeen. Assisted by Danielle Parsons , Bavan Saskandaraja ( both CTF’s )and Katie Dunnet (Y4 Medical Student UoA).

Other contributors : Professor Stephen Davies and Dr Pietro Marini

Title: Connections, communities and COVID-19

Workshop Lead: Kate Cochrane and Neil Denton, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, University of Durham

Oral abstract presentations Theme


Creating impact at scale in rural/remote settings: Designing, deploying and scaling community based digital innovation. Lessons from Nepal.

Authors:               Mr Jay Evans

ChatPal – Developing a multi-lingual Mental Health Chatbot for people living in rural areas

Authors:               Ms Marion MacInnes

X-rays out of the box: taking imaging to the isles

Authors:               Nick Crohn

Evaluation of myCOPD digital self-management technology in a remote and rural population: Real world feasibility study.

Authors:               Dr Adam Giangreco

12.45 - 14.15

Lunch & Poster Viewing / Exhibitions

14.15 - 15.30


Delegates can attend one workshop or the oral abstract presentations.

Title: Wildlife! – A case study in the power of Digital Storytelling to address Mental Health issues in remote and rural regions internationally

Workshop Lead: Dr Mark Grindle, Senior Lecturer in Digital Health, University of the Highlands & Islands

Title: Take me to the moon – offering participants to experience a Norwegian offshore tele-simulation pilot project

Workshop Lead: Kjetil Torgeirsen, Manager external training programs, SAFER

Title: Rural mental health: the importance of context in supporting rural wellbeing

Workshop Lead: Prof Sarah-Anne Munoz, Acting Head of Rural Health and Wellbeing, University of the Highlands and Islands

Title: FRRHH Capabilities Framework – Setting a Global Standard for Remote, Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare Professionals

Workshop Lead: Josette Morrison, Occupational Health Nurse, International Criminal Court and FRRHH Executive Committee Member and Clinical Lead.

Title: Developing a Scottish National Centre for Remote and Rural Health & Social Care – next steps

Workshop Lead: Prof Sir Lewis Ritchie

Oral abstract presentations Themes

Community Engagements, Emergency Planning and Pre-Hospital Care

Rethinking vulnerability in remote spaces: a geospatial method using ambulance 999 data

Authors:               Ms Harriet Moore

Community Efforts to Promote Covid-19 Vaccine Uptake in a Rural UK County

Authors:               Dr Agnes Nanyonjo

Rural Older Adults in Natural Disasters: The Role of Place in Community Resilience

Authors:               Professor Judith Sixsmith

Engaging with farm vets about mental wellbeing

Authors:               Dr Kate Lamont


15.30 - 16.00

Coffee/Tea & Exhibitions

16.00 - 16.30


Presentation 1

Title: Challenges, Governance & Capabilities for Health Practitioners in Remote, Austere and Conflict Zones

Dr Rikard Moen, Chairman Faculty of Remote Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare – RCSEd

16.30 - 17.00

Presentation 2

Title: Connections, Communities and Covid-19

Prof Kate Cochrane & Prof Neil Denton, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, University of Durham



Conference Dinner

08.30 - 09.00

Registration Coffee/Tea & Exhibitions

09.00 - 09.25

Keynote Presentation

Pam Dudek, CEO NHS Highland

09.30 - 10.00


Presentation 1

Title: Rural and Remote Practice in the era of generalist medicine: inspiring the future

Dr Sarah Chalmers, President, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

10.00 - 10.30

Presentation 2

Title: Strengthening wellbeing through empowerment and engagement of resilient rural communities

Dr Mags Currie, Senior Researcher, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen


10.30 - 11.00

Coffee/Tea & Exhibitions

11.00 - 12.15


Delegates can attend one workshop or the oral abstract presentations.

Title: Shared Learning and Shared Experience: Progress on Health and Care Integration in other European Settings

Workshop Lead: Nessa Barry, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation Division, Scottish Government

Title: No Time To Die (or be ill) Optimising Patiient Care Pathways in wake of Covid

Workshop Lead: Prof. James Ferguson, Consultant Surgeon and Reader in Emergency Medicine University of Aberdeen

Title: Healthcare from a bothy – or anywhere!

Workshop Lead: Andrea McColl, Senior Development Manager Life Sciences, Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Title: Priming & pumping the pipeline

Workshop Lead: Assoc Prof Bruce Chater, Head, Mayne Academy of Rural and Remote Medicine, University of Queensland, Chair Rural WONCA

Oral abstract presentations Theme

Disaster Planning and Pandemics. Education and Professional Support

Outreach training: Optimising emergency care of the critically unwell child in a rural healthcare setting

Authors:               B. Martin, J Dowell, D Paal and J Whiteside

Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health – Forging a new global health agenda

Authors:               Professor Frank Tanser, Maxime Inghels

Tension between local, regional and national level in Norwegian handling of Covid-19

Authors:               Dr Anette Fosse

Social Media – Good or Bad? Using Instagram to engage with our medical education community in the Scottish Highlands

Authors :              Dr Cara  Bezzina

12.30 - 13.00


Presentation 1

Title: Laying the groundwork for solution-based strategies in rural mental health

Dr Steve F. Bain, Dean of College of Education and Human Performance, Texas A&M University


13.00 - 13.30

Presentation 2

Title: Connected pathways to care in the community

Adrian Smith, Director, Head of Digital Transformation, NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit



Conference close followed by Lunch

Delegate Registration

This event is open to all organisations or individuals (healthcare, emergency services, community, academia, industry, and voluntary sector organisations) interested in remote and rural health and wellbeing. Book your place by registering as a delegate!

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