Media Releases

Release Date: 10 October 2017

Despite the fact that rates of mental illness are similar across the country, the seven million people living in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia have significantly poorer access to mental health professionals and services than those based in metropolitan areas.

In very remote areas of the country, psychiatrists are around six times less prevalent than in city areas. Mental... read more

Release Date: 21 September 2017


A joint statement by the Consumers Health Forum, Australian Hospitals and Healthcare Association, CHOICE, Public Health Association of Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance

As the organisations who represent Australia’s health consumers and advocate in the interests of the Australian health care system, we call on the Government to ensure its proposed... read more

Release Date: 12 September 2017

At Parliament House this morning, rural and remote health advocates from across Australia called for the urgent development of a bipartisan, cross-jurisdictional National Rural Health Strategy, supported by robust health access standards, to help overcome the disparity in service access between the city and the bush.

The seven million people living in rural and remote Australia access... read more

Release Date: 12 September 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance welcomes Tanya Lehmann as the new Chair of the Board.

Tanya is no stranger to the Alliance, having represented Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) on the Council since 2010 and on the Board as Deputy Chair for the past two years.

A country person by birth and choice, Tanya grew up on a farm in Wagin, Western Australia and now... read more

Release Date: 11 September 2017

Rural and remote health advocates from all corners of the country are meeting in Canberra to discuss solutions to addressing the health deficit experienced by the seven million people living in rural and remote Australia.

On Tuesday 12 September, representatives will be attending an inaugural breakfast at Parliament House, hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health... read more

Release Date: 08 September 2017

Rural and remote health advocates from all corners of Australia will be gathering in Canberra from 10 – 12 September for the annual get-together of Council members of the National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health.

The event, known as CouncilFest, provides the opportunity for representatives of the 36 member organisations of... read more

Release Date: 09 August 2017

Research plays a leading role in improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia and the call for abstracts is now open for presentations to the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, to be held in Canberra, 11-12 April 2018.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from researchers whose work can contribute... read more

Release Date: 14 July 2017

A new chapter for Friends of the Alliance begins this month with the appointment for two years of its next Advisory Committee.

Continuity is assured with one of those elected being Immediate Past Chair, Robyn Williams; and with Rachel Yates also winning another term. Robyn served for two years as Chair of Friends of the Alliance and is... read more

Release Date: 22 June 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance warmly welcomes the passage of the legislation to establish the role of the National Rural Health Commissioner.

“The Alliance sees the National Rural Health Commissioner as a potential game changer, bringing a welcome focus on rural health,” says David Butt, Chief Executive Officer.

“The Alliance supports the initial focus of the role on... read more

Release Date: 07 June 2017

The new edition of the Health Atlas, released today by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, is sobering reading. If you live outside Australia’s major cities, there is a significant gradient of increasing hospitalisations – in some cases in excess of 15 times the rate in major cities.

“Seven million people live outside the major cities of Australia and we know... read more