Robert Porter

Honours (Philosophy) at Adelaide University & Diploma Applied Science (Ambulance)

Research Assistant & PhD Candidate

Rob left high school in 1976 and "went bush" working in the far north of South Australia on a mail run and later in mining. In 1982 he returned to Adelaide and commenced an ambulance career, as a volunteer at first. Following a number of years in Adelaide, he moved to the QLD Ambulance Service working in the Atherton Tablelands and through the far north west region before moving to rural Victoria (Nhill) to complete Rural Advanced Life Support training. He returned to university in 2006 and completed an honours degree in Philosophy.

Research Interests

  • Rural Health
  • Rural sustainability and the viability of small towns

Other professional interests

  • Philosophy of mind and consciousness
  • Personal identity
  • Meta Ethics

Publications and Resources

Conference Papers

The Attractiveness of Australia’s Rural and Remote Spine for Health Professionals 2001–11: in G Gregory, ed. 12th National Rural Health Conference Proceedings. Canberra, ACT: National Rural Health Alliance. 12th National Rural Health Conference. Adelaide, SA. April 2013, pp. 1-8.  

Network Theory: A New Method of Evaluating the Impact of Rural Training Pipelines? Paper presented at the Rural Medicine Australia Conference Sydney. 30 October - 01 November 2014.

Robert Porter


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Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT