Forum 2012

The 2012 IRN Forum will be held in Whyalla, South Australia

hosted by the University of South Australia’s Centre for Rural Health and Community Development.

The forum will be held from Monday 24th – Friday 28 September 2012 at the University of South Australia’s Centre for Regional Engagement, Whyalla Campus.

 Click HERE to view the preliminary program

All enquiries can be sent to:

Mailing Address:

IRN Conference Secretariat
University of South Australia
111 Nicolson Avenue


Building on an initial gathering in Townsville, Australia, and on four previous conferences held in Vancouver Island, Canada; Inverness, Scotland; Abingdon, USA and Udaipur, India, the 2012 IRN World Forum in the Upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia, will bring together practitioners, policy makers and scholars with an interest in regional, rural and remote communities across the world.

IRN gatherings emphasise the sharing of practical experience and the value of local knowledge in addressing local challenges.   This is especially important in the areas of community and economic development, health, education, culture and environment.   The theme of IRN 2012 is Rural and Remote Resilience:  Making the Priorities Possible.  A key aim of IRN 2012 is to attract presentations which join together community groups and practitioners with researchers / academics and or policymakers / industry.

IRN 2012 will focus on participation. There are options for academic scholarship, storytelling and themed workshops. IRN 2012 will also include a forum for PhD students with a half day colloquium and panel session planned.

Attached is a save the date flyer containing all of the information you need about this exciting international gathering, lock the date in your diary now! and feel free to forward this flyer on throughout your networks.

Registration is not yet open, however you can add yourself to our database by emailing your details to to ensure you receive future updates as they become available. All general enquiries can be forwarded to for a faster response.

Download save the date flyer:  2012 IRN Forum Save the Date Flyer.pdf

Call for Abstracts IRN 2012 Call for Abstracts.pdf

About Australia:


Australian culture is as broad and varied as the country's landscape. Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country's food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience.

Australia has an important heritage from its indigenous people, which plays a defining role in the cultural landscape.

This diversity of influences creates a cultural environment in Australia that is lively, energised, innovative, and outward looking.


As of July 2007, Australia's population is roughly 21.0 million people.

Australia's population is concentrated along the coastal region of Australia from Adelaide to Cairns, with a small concentration around Perth, Western Australia. The centre of Australia is sparsely populated.


Australia is a diverse land. Home to mighty rainforests, mysterious deserts, sublime beaches, and magnificent modern cities.


Australia's pleasant climate makes it a fabulous destination all year round.

Even in winter you will enjoy blue skies and warm, bright days.

There are two climatic zones in Australia. Approximately 40% of Australia is in the Tropical Zone - this is north above the Tropic of Capricorn. The cities of Cairns, Townsville and Darwin lie in this zone.

The remaining areas of Australia lie in the Temperate Zone, including Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth.

Please note that Australia's seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere:

Spring - September to November
Summer - December to February
Fall / Autumn - March to May
Winter - June to August


When it comes to doing business in Australia, language is not an issue.

English - the international business language - is also Australia's national language.

And, as a modern multicultural country, there are comprehensive multi-lingual services available for international business travellers who do not speak English.

Getting to Australia:

Getting to Australia is easy.

A great number of international airlines provide services to Australia, with smooth connections and competitive fares. The most popular airline for inbound travellers is Australia’s national carrier, Qantas Airways.

Australia's modern international airports offer fast, efficient service, along with all the facilities a business traveller could want.

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Forum News

Federal Minister to make keynote address at Forum 2012

Abstract Extension Call for abstracts now closes end of April 2012
Abstract Extension Call for abstracts now closes end of June 2012

Forum 2012 Preliminary Program Announced!

Nicola Crosta confirms attendance as a Keynote
Nicola Crosta confirms attendance as a Keynote

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