Welcome message from Gabrielle O’Kane

A welcome message from Dr Gabrielle O’Kane, Chief Executive Officer of National Rural Health Alliance. Gabrielle highlights the Alliance’s annual CouncilFest meeting in Canberra, 7-10 September 2019, and announces the opening of the call for abstracts for the 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium.

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Following a survey of 393 people, a study focussing on the training and development needs of mental health service providers, consumers and carers in rural Australia has revealed that more training and development opportunities need to be provided closer to where people live.

The results of the survey have been submitted to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into mental health.

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In its submission to the recent inquiry by the House of Representatives Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence, the Alliance drew on its determinants of health approach to promote support for policies, practice and research that aims to reduce inequalities in social and health outcomes. 

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"Australia needs a National Obesity Prevention Strategy as a matter of urgency.” That’s one of six recommendations the Alliance has made in its submission to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s obesity epidemic. The Alliance is also calling for a tax on sugary drinks to increase retail prices by at least 20%, and tougher rules on when unhealthy food can be advertised.

The Senate is inquiring into ‘The future of stillbirth research and education in Australia...

The Senate is inquiring into ‘The indicators of, and impact of, regional inequality in...

On March 19 Senators from the Greens and Labor Party passed a motion to set up an inquiry...


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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.  



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