Monday, August 11, 2014

Coolamon Rural Women’s Gathering

Coolamon Rural Women’s Gathering is Fantastic education and networking opportunity for local women

The 2014 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering is being held on 12th-14th September in Coolamon, offering local Riverina women a unique opportunity to learn, network and be inspired right on their doorstep.

The Rural Women’s Gathering is a well established statewide community event which will bring together close to 400 rural women for an annual weekend of education, skills training, information sharing and fun.

With its theme ‘Heritage with Heart’, the 2014 Gathering promises to be a great one and will focus on issues that are important to the Riverina region such as strengthening community voice, rural health care and drought support.

One keynote speaker for this year’s Gathering is Charles Sturt University Senior Lecturer, Dr Maree Bernoth PhD Med, BH Hh ScRN, whose passion is rural healthcare and ageing. Maree began nursing in 1971 and has enjoyed an extremely diverse career working across regional towns in NSW. 

Another keynote presentation will be delivered by local Coolamon woman Robyn Speerin RN NP MN MN (Hons). Robyn commenced her nursing career in 1969 at Coolamon Hospital and went on to study cardiac nursing at a Masters level, becoming one of the first cardiac rehabilitation nurse practitioners in Australia. She has written NSW Department of Heath policy and guidelines on rehabilitation from chronic disease and is going to speak at the Coolamon Gathering about her life experiences and a new program of healthcare for people with hip and knee arthritis and back pain.

Additional keynote speakers include specialist neonatologist Dr Kathryn Browning Carmo; current President of the Kosciuszko Huts Association and sister of the Coolamon Shire Mayor Barbara Seymour; Coral Druce from the Junee Liquorice Factory; and author, researcher and sex therapist Bettina Arndt. 

As well as hearing from the high profile keynote speakers, local women are invited to participate in a selection the workshops on offer including biodynamic farming, wild and wacky women, painting, local garden viewing, gingerbread house making and a guide to common medications.

The 2014 Gathering in Coolamon is being held from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014 and registration is now possible by contacting the Coolamon Rural Women’s Gathering Committee by or by telephone: 0488 376 514.

For more information about the Gathering please see

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To register please email or telephone 0488 376 514 to be sent a registration form.

Photo: NEWS FLASH!!!!  Registration forms will be available next week!!

We are just waiting on the final draft to be completed by the staff at the NSW Rural Women's Network/DPI.

Watch this space for the link to download your copy!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the plug Julia! Lots of hard work happening in the final few weeks! It will be a fantastic weekend in Coolamon!