Media Releases

Release Date: 07 December 2018

Australia’s peak rural health body has welcomed the release of the Federal Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into the national obesity epidemic, but calls for a multi-pronged approach to tackling the problem given its complexity and the higher incidence in rural and remote areas.

The National Rural Health Alliance said the Parliamentary committee recognised solutions needed to be... read more


Release Date: 30 November 2018

Improving the availability of health services to rural, regional and remote communities across Australia will continue to be championed by the National Rural Health Alliance following the Federal Government announcement it will continue to fund the umbrella body for a further three years.

NRHA Chief Executive Officer, Mark Diamond, welcomed the Government’s funding announcement and... read more


Release Date: 28 November 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak rural health body representing more than 7 million Australians – has welcomed the... read more


Release Date: 22 November 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance – the peak advocacy body representing the health needs of 7 million Australians – is joining the 13 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies that have written to Council of Australian Governments (COAG) First Ministers seeking a full partnership approach between Indigenous people and governments to refresh the Closing the Gap strategy.

The... read more


Release Date: 20 November 2018

Improving the health of people in rural, regional and remote Australia will come under the microscope of leading national and international experts in the field at the 15th National Rural Health Conference to be held in Hobart next year.

The National Rural Health Conference program will integrate the social, economic, and... read more


Release Date: 29 October 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance has called for the development and roll out of a national obesity strategy, with a focus on communities living in remote rural areas, in a bid to improve Australians’ diets and bring down the high levels of obesity.

The call comes following the release of an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Nutrition Across the Life Stages, which... read more


Release Date: 17 October 2018

The viability of rural and remote communities depends on access to quality health services, which, in turn, relies on being able to attract a highly trained, sustainable health workforce.

The Australian Journal of Rural Health, in its trans-Tasman October issue1, reports on the 20-year record of success of the University Departments of Rural Health (UDRHs)... read more


Release Date: 12 October 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance today highlighted the startling figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report Diabetes Indicators for the Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020.

The report shows that people in regional and remote communities have much higher rates of diabetes and related complications compared to those living in major... read more


Release Date: 11 October 2018

Australia and New Zealand’s leading rural health organisations have joined forces to provide a broader focus for the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH).

The October 2018 issue of the AJRH marks the start of an ongoing collaboration between the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) in Australia and two New Zealand organisations: the NZ Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN), and... read more


Release Date: 11 October 2018

The mental health picture is stark.

A group of researchers, led by Associate Professor Russell Roberts (Charles Sturt University, Editor in Chief, AJRH) identify the increased risk of early death of people living with mental health issues in rural settings and look at the need for policy and practice responses.

The Australian Journal of Rural Health, in its October issue, reports... read more