Media Releases

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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Release Date: 13 December 2023

The further an Australian lives from an urban centre, the lower their life expectancy. They are also twice as likely to die from preventable illness. The latest research shows that rural men are 2.5 times and women 2.8 times more likely to die from potentially avoidable causes than those in urban areas.

This statistic, along with demographic information, health risk factors, health...

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Release Date: 11 December 2023

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is pleased to see the release of the Final Report of the Mid-Term Review of the National Health Reform Agreement Addendum 2020-2025 by the Australian government. Much of the Alliance work has been referenced and highlighted in its recommendations.

As the peak body for rural health in Australia, the Alliance advocated for rural and remote...

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Release Date: 04 December 2023

The National Rural Health Alliance (Alliance) is pleased to see that several of our key recommendations on access to dental services in rural Australia have been heard and incorporated in the final report of the Senate Select Committee into the Provision of and...

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Release Date: 29 November 2023

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) will move into the new year with great vigour, with new Board members elected at the 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) this month.

Nicole O’Reilly, Head of School Health Sciences at Charles Darwin University and Jacqueline Emery, Chief Executive of Royal Far West were re-elected as Board Members. Penny Stewart OAM, Director of Alice...

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Release Date: 01 November 2023

Today marks the beginning of National Rural Health Month - a month which highlights the inequities that rural, regional and remote Australians face when trying to access the same health care as their urban counterparts.

“This November, we take the opportunity to highlight the myriad of issues faced by rural and remote communities in Australia when trying to access health care, aiming to...

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