Rural Health in Australia Snapshot 2021

New resource to help stakeholders utilise rural health evidence

The Alliance has developed a new resource that brings together data, research, and information about the key contributors to and measures of health and wellbeing in rural Australia. The resource presents information about demographics, health risk factors, health outcomes and the health system in an easy-to-digest format. We hope it will enable stakeholders to access key evidence about rural health in one location.

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The Alliance is developing a new model of rural health care that will benefit both health professionals and communities in rural, regional and remote Australia.

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People in rural, regional and remote communities bear the brunt of health effects from our changing climate, prompting the National Rural Health Alliance  to recommend tangible government measures. The Position paper: Rural health policy in a changing climate – three key issues, discusses specific impacts and risk factors facing the 7 million people living in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia in relation to extreme weather events; impacts on agricultural output and food security; and debilitating insect-borne diseases.

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Since the pandemic began, the Alliance has been lobbying the Australian Government to ensure that rural communities are supported both now and into the future. Our focus now is on ensuring that people in rural communities are supported as the economy and job market recovers, which for some areas could take years. JobSeeker and JobKeeper must be maintained at their current rates past September and the JobSeeker allowance in particular must never be allowed to fall back to its previous rate. We also need economic stimulus for rural, regional and remote Australia, action to address critical shortages of health workers in rural areas, as well as ongoing support for rural health care providers to make sure they don’t close their doors, which would be devastating for both staff and consumers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote communities in Australia...

The communities hardest hit by the 2019-20 bushfires were rural, regional and remote areas which...

The Alliance's submission highlights issues around supply of PPE, telehealth, unemployment...


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 Australian Journal of Rural Health

Australian Journal of Rural Health

The Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH) is a multidisciplinary refereed journal published on behalf of NRHA by John Wiley and Sons Australia Ltd.

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Little Book of Rural Health Numbers

Health related statistics in rural, regional and remote Australia. This is a working Alliance document which is regularly updated. 

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The Alliance's must read magazine on rural and remote health news.  Contributions from across the sector, features on fascinating figures and important developments. Plus Alliance news and views.  



The Alliance produces easy to read infographics, featuring key facts and figures on issues important in rural and remote health. Feel free to share!