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Why we need a new rural and remote health strategy

The National Rural Health Alliance has been leading advocacy to the Government that it is time to develop a new Rural and Remote Health Strategy, together with a fully funded Implementation Plan.  In developing its thoughts on the need for a new Strategy and its contents, the Alliance is developing a series of discussion papers, with the first now available – considering the reasons why we need a new Strategy and what has been achieved under the 2011-12 Strategy.

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The Alliance has updated its social determinants of health page. Access to work and career, control over one’s environment, income, education, security, happiness and respect all have strong tangible effects on peoples’ health, and also influence many risk factors like smoking and overweight. The updated pages discuss the contribution of these social determinants to the health of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia, with links to key documents and data.
View the priority recoomendations
One of the strengths of the biennial National Rural Health Conference is its capacity to generate recommendations for action to improve policies and programs for rural and remote health. The recommendations play a key part in setting the rural and remote health sector's agenda for subsequent years.  View the final priority recommendations as presented to the Assistant Minister for Health on the final day.
Save the date:  11-12 April 2018 - 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium
Registration will soon open for the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium to be held in Canberra, 11-12 April 2018.   The Symposium will focus on rural and remote health research that informs strategic health policy and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia, and will provide an opportunity to share and develop research that seeks to understand and deliver innovative change through building evidence that has the potential to transform health outcomes and service delivery.
It’s been an action packed few weeks here in Canberra having just wrapped up CouncilFest - our annual gathering of Council members. At this year’s event, which ran from 10 – 12 September around 45 delegates met to discuss the key health challenges facing people living in rural and remote Australia.

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