Media Releases

Release Date: 09 September 2021

The National Rural Health Alliance has announced the appointment of Professor Timothy Skinner as Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (the Journal).

The Journal, published by Wiley, is considered one of the leading peer-reviewed rural health journals in the world. It contributes significantly to the evidence base on rural health, with the aim of improving health...

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Release Date: 24 August 2021

The political rhetoric at daily COVID-19 briefings that the ticket to freedom for city dwellers is reaching up to
80 per cent vaccination coverage, is giving them false hope, according to the National Rural Health Alliance (the
Alliance).

Alliance CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane says, “We are concerned about the rise of this ‘vax race’ between the state
and territory leaders...

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Release Date: 12 August 2021

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) says the most important focus for rural health is strengthening the connection between research, practice and communities to improve the health outcomes of people living in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.

This is the theme of the 8th Rural and Remote Health...

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Release Date: 08 July 2021

The Australian Journal of Rural Health (the Journal), which is a leading publisher of research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, is honoured to share research featured in a special NAIDOC Week content collection.

Published by Wiley, the collection ‘NAIDOC 2021’ features more than 50 articles from across the...

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Release Date: 02 June 2021

The Australian Journal of Rural Health has announced an initiative to explore the introduction of ‘author cultural identity’ in relevant research papers published in the Journal.

Indigenous researchers and Journal Associate Editors Dr Mark Lock (Ngiyampaa) and Associate Professor Faye McMillan (Wiradjuri) will lead the initiative for the National Rural Health Alliance.

Journal...

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Release Date: 12 May 2021

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) says there are many positive Federal Budget initiatives with attached funding of more than $4b that will go towards strengthening the rural workforce and health system.

“The government has made several funding announcements that will help alleviate the dire state of rural workforce shortages, including an injection of $65.8 million to...

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Release Date: 04 February 2021

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is calling for the development of a new National Rural Health Strategy and Implementation Plan to respond to increasingly intense extreme weather events and the global pandemic.

In the Alliance’s Pre-Budget Submission 2021–22, CEO Gabrielle O’Kane says the new National Rural Health Strategy will be a strategic driver of rural health...

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Release Date: 01 February 2021

People in rural, regional and remote communities bear the brunt of health effects from our changing climate, prompting the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) to recommend tangible government measures.

The Position paper: Rural health policy in a changing...

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Release Date: 25 January 2021

With the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine formally approved for use in Australia today, the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is urging Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to ensure that vulnerable people in rural, regional and remote Australia are prioritised for vaccination.

Alliance CEO Gabrielle O’Kane says, “People in rural, regional and remote communities experience...

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Release Date: 03 December 2020

The diversity of health professionals working across the rural sector is reflected in the new Board of the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance), elected at the 29th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Canberra this week.

The Alliance of 44 national rural and health-related organisations advocates for sustainable and affordable health services for the 7 million people in rural and...

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