Marisa Gilles: Rural workforce – the art of boundary crossing

Keynote presenter: Marisa Gilles

Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health
Keynote presentation:


Boundary crossers understand the culture and language of community and health service domains and have the trust of both. Rural professionals living within the communities they serve are ideally placed to harness community capacity so as to influence community-level determinants of health. I will analyse two case studies of rural health professionals acting as boundary crossers against indicators of capacity for communities and external agents such as health services working in partnership. A more explicit evidence base for inclusion of community health development in the jobs of rural health professionals is needed.