Media Releases

Release Date: 29 April 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance has welcomed the ALP’s announcement of a $2.4 billion Pensioner Dental Plan – providing access to free dental oral health care to 3 million older Australians.

Alliance CEO, Mark Diamond, said the move would provide relief to older people in rural communities who did not have access to such services.

Mr Diamond said access to oral health services... read more


Release Date: 23 April 2019

An incoming Federal Government needs to immediately address the critical shortage of allied health professionals in rural, regional and remote Australia if the nation is to have any hope of making healthcare accessible to those regions, the National Rural Health Alliance says.

CEO Mark Diamond acknowledged considerable progress by previous governments in addressing rural doctor... read more


Release Date: 19 April 2019

Labor’s planned $33 million attack on eradicating rheumatic heart disease, and its promise to give Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations a bigger role in delivering culturally appropriate primary healthcare services is welcomed by the nation’s peak body for rur

al and remote health, the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

“We have long argued that delivering... read more


Release Date: 15 April 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) has named four key areas an incoming Federal Government must address to help rural Australians get healthier and live longer.

The nation’s peak body for rural, regional and remote health has also listed in detail what needs to be done in each area.

The four areas are:

  • Improving the health of Indigenous Australians
  • ... read more

Release Date: 03 April 2019

The peak national body for rural health has welcomed $62m to train doctors in rural generalist practice, but says tonight’s budget has largely failed to address a critical shortage of allied health professionals for 7million people living outside metropolitan Australia.

National Rural Health Alliance CEO Mark Diamond said the budget was a mixed bag for rural health.

“We’ve had a... read more


Release Date: 28 March 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequality is the most pressing health issue facing Australia, according to over 1100 delegates at the 15th National Rural Health Conference.

The conference identified priorities for an incoming government on the eve of a federal election including:

  • The conference delegates endorsed the Uluru Statement from the Heart... read more

Release Date: 25 March 2019

Australia’s 15th National Rural Health Conference has opened in Hobart with a big focus on nursing and a call for the abolition of discrimination and racism in health service delivery in remote and rural areas.

In her opening address, New Zealand academic Jane Mills urged nurses to lead the change needed to tackle climate change. “Nurses are so important because they account... read more


Release Date: 24 March 2019

You are invited to participate in National Rural Health Alliance’s rural, regional and remote workforce training needs to improve mental health services survey.

The purpose of the survey is to find out what are the mental health training needs of the rural, regional and remote workforce to improve mental health care, services and health outcomes.

The Productivity Commission is... read more


Release Date: 21 March 2019

The federal government roll out of around 180 new mobile base stations in regional cities has been welcomed by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), but remote communities should be a priority in an effort to boost telecommunications infrastructure.

NRHA CEO Mark Diamond said this week’s announcement of new mobile base stations is good news for regional communities who require... read more


Release Date: 15 March 2019

Rural and regional communities need an urgent boost in health and community services to address the increasing harm caused by over use of alcohol and other harmful drugs, according to the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

The release today of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, ‘Alcohol and other drug use in regional and remote Australia: consumption,... read more