Media Releases

Release Date: 14 February 2019

Ensuring good health of people in rural and remote communities is a combination of many key factors.

These determinants of health – getting a good start in life, a good education and living in places that have good infrastructure that promotes health and wellbeing – form a core theme at the 15th National Rural Health Conference to be held in Hobart from March 24 to 27 March... read more


Release Date: 13 February 2019

The Federal Government has committed to increasing the recruitment and training of allied health professionals to service remote and rural communities in Australia.

Health Minister Greg Hunt told a National Rural Health Alliance MPs’ Forum today that the Government has plans to the expand the  Stronger Rural Health Strategy announced in the May 2018 budget to include the... read more


Release Date: 08 February 2019

The plight of rural and remote communities and their access to health services will be the focus of a Federal MPs’ rural health forum to be conducted in Parliament before a panel comprising Federal Government health ministers, Opposition spokespeople and the Australian Greens leader.

The panel forum is being conducted by the National Rural Health Alliance and hosted by Patrons of the... read more


Release Date: 06 February 2019

The importance of arts and artistic performance in building better and healthier communities will again be recognised with presentations and performers at the 15th National Rural Health Conference.

It would not be a Rural Health Conference without an arts and health stream - and this year’s Conference in Hobart is no exception.

The 15th Conference is being held from 24 – 27 March... read more


Release Date: 31 January 2019

In conjunction with the 15th National Rural Health Conference, the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is calling for entries in the ‘2019 Friends of the Alliance Photo and Poetry Competition’.

The competition is seeking entries in two categories:  poetry and photographs.  Entries depicting bright, vibrant rural communities are encouraged.  The competition is... read more


Release Date: 25 January 2019

Australia’s leading conference for rural and remote health will feature leading local and international speakers sharing their knowledge and experience on the issues of concern to rural communities, their health needs and the solutions necessary to improve health outcomes for the 7 million people living in rural, regional and remote Australia.

The 15th National Rural Health... read more


Release Date: 19 December 2018

Rural communities will gain better access to GP services through initiatives announced in yesterday’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report, but Australia’s peak rural health organisation asks: “Where are the important allied healthcare services to support this?”

The National Rural Health Alliance has welcomed the Government’s announcement of $33.5 million to improve access to GP... read more


Release Date: 12 December 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance, Mental Health Australia and Royal Flying Doctor Service has welcomed the findings of a Senate Committee’s Inquiry into Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia. The three organisations backed the Inquiry’s recommendation to develop a national rural and remote mental health strategy.

The Inquiry proposed a... read more


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