Media Releases

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.

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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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Release Date: 08 November 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, co-hosted a digital health workshop today with the NBN in Sydney.

CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane said that the workshop, which was attended by Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher, brought together key stakeholders including health practitioners, advocates and consumers.

“Digital health is... read more


Release Date: 07 November 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, has released new research that illustrates the breadth and diversity of the paramedic workforce in Australia.

The fact sheet published by the Alliance is available at https://www.ruralhealth.org.au/sites/default/files/publications/paramedic-fact-sheet.pdf

The analysis, which comes from... read more


Release Date: 31 October 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s draft mental health report today.

“Access to mental health services in the bush is a significant issue and the Productivity Commission’s draft report confirms this,” said National Rural Health Alliance CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane.

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Release Date: 31 October 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, welcomed the NBN’s announcement today of a renewed focus on regional Australia.

National Rural Health Alliance CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane said that digital connectivity was still a huge issue for rural communities accessing health services.

“There’s still a desperate need to improve... read more


Release Date: 24 October 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, said that new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data shows that tobacco use is still a serious health risk factor and one that disproportionately affects the health of rural Australians.

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- The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a report today... read more


Release Date: 14 October 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, welcomed the beginning of Anti-Poverty Week, which highlights the need to reduce poverty to improve health and wellbeing in rural Australia.

“The Alliance’s vision is for healthy and sustainable rural, regional and remote communities and we believe that tackling poverty is a vital part of this,”... read more


Release Date: 10 October 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement today of new safety standards for quad bikes.

“Quad bikes are responsible for far too many preventable injuries and deaths in rural Australia, and so we welcome the introduction today of new safety measures which will apply in full from 2021,” said... read more


Release Date: 12 September 2019

At the Alliance’s 28th Annual General Meeting this week in Canberra, Tanya Lehmann was re-appointed Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance, and a new Strategic Plan was launched.

Upon taking office, Tanya thanked the Board for their support over the past year and for the confidence in her to lead the Alliance for another year. Tanya paid tribute to the work of outgoing Board Member... read more