The National Rural Health Alliance wraps up July 2017
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The Little Book of Rural Health Numbers - Health Risk Factors update


The Alliance has updated the chapter relating to risk factor data in the Little Book of Rural Health Numbers.  New data is predominantly from the 2014-15 National Health Survey, the 2011-13 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Examples of new data include much higher rates of smoking during pregnancy in rural and remote Australia, higher cannabis use outside major cities, greater number of cigarettes smoked by rural smokers,  greater prevalence of obesity (but not necessarily overweight), higher levels of physical activity among rural children, and little variation in high blood pressure between remoteness areas.

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Help wanted: Test your broadband speeds


People living in rural and remote Australia want to have reliable access to the internet with sufficient internet speeds to enable them to access the information they are after.  This may include watching movies, doing shopping or banking, keeping in touch with friends or managing their health and wellbeing.  Sometimes this is difficult or even impossible.  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has put out a call for volunteers to measure and report their broadband performance over fixed line technologies.  This is being supplemented with a further study undertaken by Choice to include satellite and fixed wireless technologies.

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Value and Affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs


The Alliance made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs regarding the value and affordability of private health insurance.  The Alliance considers that private health insurance currently offers limited value to people living in rural and remote Australia and that broad reform of the available products is required to improve the value.

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6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium


Drawing upon a tradition that commenced with the first Infront Outback conference held in Toowoomba in 1992, and the establishment of the first University Department of Rural Health in Broken Hill in 1997, the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium will be held in Canberra, 11-12 April 2018.

Outback Infront will celebrate the leadership that has emerged from the rural and remote health research community, while at the same time support early career academics and the next generation of rural health researchers.

The call for abstracts will open soon.

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Friends of the Alliance


2017-18 Membership of Friends of the Alliance is now due.
The 2017-2019 Friends Advisory Committee has been elected and the first meeting was held last week.  Dr Chris Moorhouse from Tasmania has been elected Chair of the Committee and will represent the views of Friends of the Alliance on the NRHA Council.  A full list of Committee members representing each State and Territory can be found on the Friends' webpage at:



Strong Friends Committee to support work of NRHA 14 July 2017

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