Our theme will explore how communities can be, and are, empowered to improve their own health and the health of those around them. We will hear from experts and presenters from all over the world in various sectors, including Health, Science, Engineering, the Arts, and NGO's of all shapes and sizes. Community Empowerment for Health goes beyond the traditional methods of information sharing and consultation. It involves a change in power relations, and enables people to have more control and responsibility for their own health and well-being. Various sectors can reach out to communities to create empowerment opportunities to become more informed and more influential by giving them confidence, skills, resources and power to shape and influence their health. This action-oriented conference is intended to foster a high level of meaningful dialogue and cooperation amongst stakeholders, all committed to rural health improvement.