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Doctors for Regional Innovation, Vision, Excellence, Research & Scholarship Saturday 22 October 2022

What is DRIVERS 2022?

DRIVERS 2022 is a day to explore academic innovation and excellence in regional medicine, and an evening to celebrate our vision with an awards ceremony, accompanied by some of Bendigo’s best food, drinks and entertainment.

DRIVERS 2022 is hosted by Monash Rural Health  on Saturday 22 October 2022, in Bendigo.

Monash University and The DRIVERS Committees proudly acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Bendigo region, the Dja Dja Wurrung People; their rich culture, heritage and continual relationship with the country, lands and waters. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. We further extend our respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures across the reach of the DRIVERS footprint.Medical student laughing

Presenters at DRIVERS conference showcase their academic, research and quality improvement achievements and investigations in front of an audience of peers and colleagues. This will be a hybrid event, combining the best of both face-to-face and online conferences to enable the broadest participation possible.

Engagement with DRIVERS conference is an exciting professional development opportunity and CV boost for rural and regional junior doctors, registrars, fellows, consultants and medical students from south eastern Australia (Victoria, Tasmania, eastern South Australia, and New South Wales). We also welcome engagement with nursing, allied health, medical and health research professionals in this regional footprint.

DRIVERS 2022 showcases work in three presentation streams:

  • Scientific Presentations – Longer dynamic oral presentations, sharp rapid fire poster presentations and a broad poster display of current regional scholarship.
  • Reflective presentations – Showcasing Vision, Innovation and Excellence - for discussion of prior insights or activities relating to  improving quality in rural and regional healthcare
  • Case study presentations – Lightning talks delivering key clinical messages - for discussion of case studies with lessons for rural and regional healthcare.

Key dates

  • 14 April - Abstract submissions open
  • 17 June - Abstract submissions close at 5pm
  • Beginning of August - Successful applicants notified
  • Beginning of August - Tickets on sale to presenting participants
  • Beginning of August - Program launched and keynote speakers announced
  • 12 August - Ticket sales open to general public
  • 5 September - Last day to register for face-to-face attendance at the pre-conference workshops
  • 10 September - DRIVERS pre-conference workshops (online and face-to-face in Bendigo)
  • 3 October - Presenters slides and posters due in
  • 3 October - In-person ticket sales close, unless sold out prior
  • 22 Oct - DRIVERS conference (online and face-to-face in Bendigo) and DRIVERS Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony (face-to-face only)

Register for DRIVERS

Be sure to complete your registration - places are limited! What's included in your ticket? So much! Here's a run down:

Pre conference workshop access, Saturday 10 September

You can choose to engage in DRIVERS pre-conference workshops, a great networking event with plenty of time for discussion, and for those in person the bonus of enjoying good coffee, fine food and great company. Certificates of participation will be provided to all attendees - online and in person. All you need is a pen and paper and full notes will be provided. Over four hours we’ll cover three topics.

  • What can statistics do for you? - A 101 in Statistics, practically building your research skills and understanding of which question to ask and how best to answer it.
  • Mentoring - More than just coffee - Dr JuMP platform
  • Building your professional brand online - Practical support to develop your online brand and network (think LinkedIn profiles, how to use social media and more).

Conference engagement, Saturday 22 October

We’ll start the day with a Welcome to Country, and be very busy, as we hear from our three keynote speakers, and cover 64 topics from 54 presenters. Our audience, both online and in person, will be supported to engage with all presenters, ask questions and contribute to DRIVERS-themed discussions. Those in person will further enjoy fresh barista coffee all day, lunch, morning and afternoon tea and may choose to take a walk at Lake Weeroona.

  • A local providore produce goodie bag valued at over $60 DRIVERS is keen for you to have a taste of the Loddon Mallee and all the fine gastronomical things our region has to offer! All registered guests will be provided with this gift.
  • A seat at the evening's gala dinner and awards ceremony is allocated to all in person ticket holders to celebrate the DRIVERS vision with locally sourced gourmet food, wine, live DJ, dancing, photobooth and more. The evening is hosted at Mrs. Batterhams, the region’s premier fine dining restaurant, dress code is black tie.

Registration is available in five ticket categories:

  • Presenters (in person) - $120
  • Presenters (online) - $120
  • In-Person Attendance (for guests not presenters) - $120
  • Online Attendance (for guests not presenters) - $35
  • Student In-Person Attendance (limited tickets, not for student presenters) - $80

By registering for a ticket you agree to your name appearing on our list of conference delegates. No contact information will be shared.

No refunds/corrections in the ticket price will be delivered for ticket holders changing from face to face to online only - we will send your goodie bag out, with well wishes.

Online Attendance

These tickets enable you to engage with the day’s presentations and keynotes from the comfort of your own space and to access the pre-conference workshops virtually.  It excludes attendance at the gala dinner and awards ceremony.  DRIVERS 2022 is intentionally delivered as a hybrid conference and will support audience engagement equally, being inclusive of face-to-face and online guests, to enable the maximum geographical scope of participation from rural and regional South Eastern Australia. You'll be sent a guide to getting the most out of participating in DRIVERS online and mailed our tasty DRIVERS goodie bag that has almost double the value of produce than your ticket's cost!

In-Person Participation

Your personal health and current government COVID-19 restrictions at the time of the event may have an impact on how you need to engage with us, we can accommodate switching your ticket from face-to-face interaction to online participation with very short notice. Just reach out to us!

Need support to attend?  Your local Regional Training Hub may also be able to help - find out who to contact.

If you are a Victorian medical, nursing and allied health student, consider applying for RWAV’s Rural Ambassador Student Grant designed to help you to participate in, attend or organise rural health-focused events. $2,000 is available for; Travel, event tickets, registration fees, accommodation & meals and more.


Looking for conference accommodation? Places to go and eat while you're in Bendigo? Visit the City of Greater Bendigo's DRIVERS accommodation page to explore your options.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries about DRIVERS 2022, please contact:

Ms Sophie Burke
North West Victorian Regional Training Hub Manager, Monash Rural Health
Phone: 0428 553 155

Dr Clare Shamier
North West Victorian Regional Training Hub DRIVERS Coordinator, Monash Rural Health
Phone: 0428 553 155

Associate Professor Janelle Brennan
North West Victorian Regional Training Hub Director, Monash Rural Health
Member of the DRIVERS 2022 Scientific and Steering committees

The DRIVERS 2022 Scientific and Steering committees can be contacted via Sophie Burke.

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