Rural health matters!

Who hasn't heard the expression 'good health is everything'?

For the seven million people living in rural and remote Australia, future health care and prevention programs that keep them healthy are pivotal as the nation heads into the 2019 Election.

The National Rural Health Alliance represents 37 national organisations including health consumers, health care professionals, service providers, health educators, researchers, students and the Indigenous health sector. 

We are the peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health.

We have outlined the top priorities an incoming government must address to change rural and remote Australia's poorer health outcomes and abysmal access to care and make this a fairer nation for all. 

In the coming weeks, we will champion these priorities and the actions needed to address them.

Please talk to your candidates, ask what their stance is, share our priorities and on May 18, vote for candidates who support these actions.

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The NRHA looks forward to working with the next government to improve health and wellbeing for people who live and work in rural and remote parts of Australia.   Please stay in touch.


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NRHA Election News & Media Releases

Rural Australia needs Allied Health Professionals

An incoming Federal Government needs to immediately address the critical shortage of Allied Health Professionals in rural, regional and remote Australia if the nation is to have any hope of making healthcare accessible to those regions.

23 April 2019,  NRHA Media Release

NRHA welcomes greater Indigenous role in health

The NRHA welcomes Labor’s planned $33 million attack on eradicating rheumatic heart disease, and its promise to give Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations a bigger role in delivering culturally appropriate primary healthcare services.

18 April 2019,  NRHA Media Release

Making it matter: rural people's health at stake

The National Rural Health Alliance has named four key areas an incoming Federal Government must address to help rural Australians get healthier and live longer.

16 April 2019,  NRHA Media Release

Rural health conference calls for urgent action in rural and remote communities on eve of federal election

Delegates at the 15th National Rural Health Conference have called for urgent action in rural and remote communities on the eve of a federal election.

27 March 2019,  NRHA Media Release

What our Members are saying this Election:

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine - Federal Election Statement 2019

Australian Healthcare and Hopsitals Association - A healthy Australia supported by the best possible healthcare system

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation - Aboriginal Health needs to be an Election Priority

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - What will you ask your candidate this election?

Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia - The health of country Australians depends on the 2019 Federal Election

Rural Doctors Association of Australia - Parties urged to continue big picture thinking on rural health


What other health organisations are saying:

Australian Medical Association - Key health issues for the 2019 Election

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth - a series of children-related Election webinars

Cancer Council of Australia - Opposition’s skin cancer prevention campaign would save lives and money

Climate and Health Alliance - Open letter to political parties and candidates

Dietitians Association of Australia - Nutrition should feed the Federal Election

END RHD - END RHD Election Platform 2019

Grattan Institute - Commonwealth Orange Book 2019, Policy priorities for the federal government

Nursing bodies (ACM, APNA, CRANAplus, ACMHN, ANMF, ACN, ACNP, CDNM) - Nurses and midwives supporting the health of our community, Federal Election Priorities 2019

Palliative Care Australia - 2019 Federal Election Statement

Public Health Association of Australia - PHAA Immediate Policy Priorities 2019

Radiation Therapy for Regional Australia - Factsheet  Snapshot

Snow Foundation - Funding for Rheumatic Heart disease will focus on community-led prevention and treatment

Suicide Prevention Austrlaia - National Policy Platform

What others are saying:

Croakey - Join Croakey in discussing the critical issues for #AusVotesHealth - join in the conversation and put rural into #AusVotesHealth

What the major Parties are saying:

Australian Greens - Building a future for all of us  /  Better access to health services for rural communities  /  Justice for First Nations Peoples

Australian Labor Party - Fair Go Action Plan

Liberal Party - Better Health Care

National Party - Putting locals first