Media Releases

Release Date: 14 March 2019

There are thousands of good ideas in Australia's rural and remote health sector about how to improve health and wellbeing.

Hundreds of them will be knocking around, looking for oxygen in the Sharing Shed at the 15th National Rural Health Conference in Hobart from 24-27 March 2019.

The 15th National Rural Health Conference is not a talk-fest, it is an event focussed on delivering... read more


Release Date: 14 March 2019

A new study of four social enterprise ventures in regional cities around Australia found significant benefits to participants health and wellbeing by reducing inequalities in health, economic participation and social engagement. The findings will be presented at the 15th National Rural Health Conference in Hobart from 24-27 March.

Researchers from the University of Tasmania, Swinburne... read more


Release Date: 08 March 2019

Researchers from the Rural Clinical School at The University of Queensland have designed a suicide prevention strategy to help reduce the alarming suicide rate among Indigenous Australians in remote and rural communities.

Almost 95 per cent of Indigenous Australians have been impacted by rates of suicide that are more than twice those of the broader community. Importantly, suicide is... read more


Release Date: 05 March 2019

The Board of the National Rural Health Alliance has voted unanimously to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, following a lengthy consultative process with Council members.

NRHA Chair, Tanya Lehmann, said the Board’s vote acknowledged the Uluru Statement and the Alliance’s support of the call for Constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and... read more


Release Date: 20 February 2019

The 15th National Rural Health Conference to be held in Hobart 24-27th March this year will again have a strong focus on Indigenous Australians’ health and wellbeing.

The conference program has over 40 presentations dedicated to highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health issues.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have... read more


Release Date: 14 February 2019

Ensuring good health of people in rural and remote communities is a combination of many key factors.

These determinants of health – getting a good start in life, a good education and living in places that have good infrastructure that promotes health and wellbeing – form a core theme at the 15th National Rural Health Conference to be held in Hobart from March 24 to 27 March... read more


Release Date: 13 February 2019

The Federal Government has committed to increasing the recruitment and training of allied health professionals to service remote and rural communities in Australia.

Health Minister Greg Hunt told a National Rural Health Alliance MPs’ Forum today that the Government has plans to the expand the  Stronger Rural Health Strategy announced in the May 2018 budget to include the... read more


Release Date: 08 February 2019

The plight of rural and remote communities and their access to health services will be the focus of a Federal MPs’ rural health forum to be conducted in Parliament before a panel comprising Federal Government health ministers, Opposition spokespeople and the Australian Greens leader.

The panel forum is being conducted by the National Rural Health Alliance and hosted by Patrons of the... read more


Release Date: 06 February 2019

The importance of arts and artistic performance in building better and healthier communities will again be recognised with presentations and performers at the 15th National Rural Health Conference.

It would not be a Rural Health Conference without an arts and health stream - and this year’s Conference in Hobart is no exception.

The 15th Conference is being held from 24 – 27 March... read more


Release Date: 31 January 2019

In conjunction with the 15th National Rural Health Conference, the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is calling for entries in the ‘2019 Friends of the Alliance Photo and Poetry Competition’.

The competition is seeking entries in two categories:  poetry and photographs.  Entries depicting bright, vibrant rural communities are encouraged.  The competition is... read more