Media Releases

Release Date: 07 June 2024

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) voices concern over new extras offered by some of Australia’s biggest health insurers with the claim that they will be an offset to high premiums.

A major private health insurer is now trialling a new scheme offering three free virtual General Practitioner (GP) visits each year with extras cover. Other health insurance companies are...

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Release Date: 14 May 2024

The Federal Budget fails to address the ongoing health care inequity between rural and urban Australia according to the National Rural Health Alliance.

"The Budget falls short of our expectations. It is disheartening to observe the government's lack of responsiveness to rural voices and its failure to commit to comprehensive reforms that would offer sustainable and long-term benefits...

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Release Date: 30 April 2024

A new update released today from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that people living in very remote areas were hospitalised at almost twice the rate compared to major cities. Data also shows that access to General Practitioner visits was lowest in remote and very remote...

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Release Date: 27 March 2024

The Best for the Bush: Rural and Remote Health Baseline 2023 released by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) today, shows the alarming health disparities between the 30 per cent of the Australian population living in rural, regional and remote areas and those living in...

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Release Date: 20 March 2024

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) calls on governments and health entities to commit to the recommendations of the Close the Gap Campaign Report 2024 to ensure that we, as a nation, realise true health equity for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“The Alliance takes a stand with Close the Gap in its call to fully implement the 2021–2031 National...

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Release Date: 19 February 2024

With fires in some parts of Victoria and a storm wreaking havoc in other parts of the state last week, the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) wishes to reiterate the effect climate disasters have on rural, regional, and remote communities and emergency services and the need to take current health needs into account.

Climate change has a significant impact on people’s health...

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Release Date: 06 February 2024

In its latest 2024 State of Australia’s Regions report, the Government has recognised some major issues experienced by rural Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is pleased that some good measures are in place. However, while the government has recognised the need for place-based investment, this is not happening as it needs to in rural health, aged and disability...

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Release Date: 01 February 2024

As Australia marks 40 years of Medicare, the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance), in recognising the benefits of Medicare, takes the opportunity to call for improvements in the funding models for primary health to ensure that those who live and work in rural, regional and remote areas benefit from the scheme in the same way as their city counterparts.

When established,...

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Release Date: 24 January 2024

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) applauds the introduction this week of the Commonwealth Government’s new Rural Advanced Skills funding streams within the Workforce Incentives Program.

“The Rural Advanced Skills training program is one necessary component to address the support needed by rural generalist doctors across the country to help them gain the advanced skills...

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Release Date: 10 January 2024

The Labor government’s plan to open up remote Aboriginal communities to individual home ownership is an important step toward improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities.

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) applauds government plans to enable residents to become homeowners in remote Indigenous communities through long-term lease arrangements and investment...

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