Media Releases

Release Date: 30 March 2020

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, welcomed the Australian Government’s expansion of telehealth services which starts today.

“From today, Australians will be able to access a much wider range of bulk-billed health services in their own home via telephone or video conferencing features like FaceTime or Skype,” said CEO Dr Gabrielle... read more


Release Date: 24 March 2020

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, has welcomed the Australian Government’s expansion of telehealth Medicare item numbers but has called for access to be expanded as soon as possible to all health professionals.

“Allowing more people to have consultations with their GP or health professional at home, whether for COVID-19 or... read more


Release Date: 12 March 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is the theme of an upcoming plenary session at the 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, which will be held in Alice Springs on 25-26 May 2020.

The session will feature three Territorians – Dr Danny Tsai, Infectious Diseases Pharmacist at the Alice Springs Hospital; Associate Professor Jaquelyne Hughes, Principal Research Fellow... read more


Release Date: 06 March 2020

New research from North West Tasmania has shone a light on the difficulties in caring for stroke patients in rural Australia.

The research, from the University of Tasmania’s College of Health and Medicine Dr Sarah Prior, Nicole Reeves and Professor Steven Campbell, and funded by the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation, is featured in the February issue of the Australian Journal of... read more


Release Date: 26 February 2020

Leading rural health researchers from across Australia will gather in Alice Springs on 25-26 May 2020 for the 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium.

This year, the biennial Symposium (see full program) has the theme “shaping the future” – bringing... read more


Release Date: 19 February 2020

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, today released its 2020-21 pre-budget submission.

The submission puts forward two proposals: a plan to create innovative place-based health and wellbeing networks in six rural Australian towns, and the Rural Digital Health Initiative, a suite of measures that will improve digital health literacy... read more


Release Date: 11 February 2020

Climate change and health are inextricably linked, and it is people in rural, regional and remote Australia who are hit the hardest.

That’s the message that the National Rural Health Alliance and a range of expert speakers will deliver to MPs at a Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health breakfast.

Speakers at the breakfast include Professor Anthony Capon, the Director of... read more


Release Date: 30 January 2020

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health Australia, welcomed the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) as a member of the Alliance.

“We’re delighted to have RANZCOG join the Alliance,” said National Rural Health Alliance CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane.

"RANZCOG is a respected and well-established peak... read more


Release Date: 09 January 2020

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, said that the Bureau of Meteorology’s 2019 Annual Climate Statement – that shows 2019 was both the hottest and driest year on record for Australia – highlights the urgent need for a climate and health strategy and immediate action to reduce carbon emissions.

“The Bureau of Meteorology report... read more


Release Date: 20 December 2019

The recent announcement of an additional $100m to to increase clinical trial participation for rural Australians has been welcomed by the Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health. In his editorial in the December 2019 issue, Professor Russell Roberts endorsed the focus of this initiative on improving facilities and services and increasing rural research capacity.

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