This year Flinders NT was fortunate to host The Network’s Towards Unity for Health TUFH2019 coinciding with its 40th Anniversary which was celebrated in style at the gala dinner. The Network is an international organisation that fosters equitable community-oriented health services, education and research with the goal of improving local and global health.
The conference was a great success with delegates attending far and wide from 29 countries around the world. It was truly a diverse, passionate group of people coming together to discuss social accountability in health at a global level.
The TUFH2019 opening ceremony kicked off with an inspiring key note from The National Rural Health Commissioner Emeritus Paul Worley which set the scene for a memorable week in Darwin to listen, present and network over workshops, poster presentations, meetings, and evening functions designed to immerse delegates in Darwin’s culture.
A unique part of TUFH conference is “conference on the move”, where delegates had the opportunity to experience an afternoon of tailor-made community site visits teamed with some of Darwin’s top tourist destinations. The evening was then topped off with a VIP cocktail function at the famous Mindil Beach Market where the ‘Student Projects for Health’ and ‘Projects That Work’ Award Ceremony was hosted by FAIMER/ECMFG and GEMx.
The keynote speakers included Jusie Lydia Siega Sur, Tom Calma, and Dr Gurmeet Singh with the final address by Akiko Maede, who spoke about “KIZUNA” connecting and motivating people and communities through a network of deep emotional bonds. “This is the perfect Japanese word to describe The Network Towards Unity for Health…of people helping each other, helping the communities”, said Aikiko.
One of the outcomes of TUFH2019 in Darwin, was that collectively, and as a result of the Global Solutions Challenge Inclusive Process, the following declaration was curated and endorsed:
“Achieving equitable health care by responding to population health needs”
Flinders NT would like to thank the organising and scientific committees, volunteers, presenters, keynote speakers and The Network for making the conference an unforgettable event.
Get ready for TUFH2020 MEXICO Primary Health Care: A Path Towards Social Justice on 22-25 September 2020.