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Regional & Rural Critical Care Conference 2019
MESSAGE FROM THE CONVENOR
Australia is very urbanised, but the country outside of capital cities is the stuff of dreams and the legends of Australia. The fear and hopes of an urban population are projected onto this unknown canvas and onto those who leave the big cities to live and work here.
To people who live here it’s not only home but the never-ending centre of all that continues: culture, production and survival, learning and living and growing.
We want to reflect our experience by telling that experience. In lectures and workshops and panel discussions focusing on our stories of technical ability and human strength, we want to make this heard: that as well as being part of a community of place, you are part of a community of practice and learning, that your people are behind you and that out here, you are never alone.
On the 18th & 19th July 2019, Darwin will host the CICM Regional and Rural Critical Care Conference, which is being supported by project funding through the Commonwealth Department of Health Specialist Training Program. We can bring rigorous science in a nurturing atmosphere, hard sums and soft hearts. You can bring questions, fears and problems and together we’ll make you believe that you are truly never alone.
We who visit here - for only one lifetime or less - have always taken things from it and left behind our things. Projects and vanity litter the land and are remembered; but the structures of the mind that have lasted tens of thousands of years still last alongside them. Among them are instructions on how to live and thrive, to be a good citizen and a good neighbour and to hand over the world in a state that allows your children to live well. While we’re here, it makes sense to listen to these rules; and if we make any new ones, to make them by watching what worked for so long.
Now we propose to take away wisdom and use it; and if we leave, to leave behind power and the confidence to keep being and doing exactly what this big country needs. As doctors we have a network of technical brilliance and human feeling. We should rely on that network when we are in need and contribute when we are in power, and if we shape it after those still vital structures - say for example kinship, responsibility, lifelong inquiry, skills learned deeply and self-knowledge - we will be living our best lives.
- Convenor Lewis Campbell
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