Media Releases

Release Date: 10 October 2023

New data from Mental Health Australia and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling at the University of Canberra released today, World Mental Health Day, shows alarming disparities in the distribution of mental health services across Australia, with severe inadequacies in rural, regional and remote areas. 

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) calls for...

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Release Date: 14 September 2023

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is pleased to see the recent unveiling of the Regionalisation Ambition 2032 Year 1 Progress Report by Regional Australia Institute at the Regions Rising National Summit – Shifting our Gaze.

The Alliance supports the Ambition and is a founding member of the National Alliance for Regionalisation initiative to ‘Rebalance the Nation.’

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Release Date: 12 September 2023

New data released today shows a strong correlation between reduced access to primary healthcare in rural Australia and high rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations, as well as highlighting the need for increased investment in rural health care.

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is concerned about new rural and remote health data released by the Australian...

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Release Date: 24 August 2023

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) welcomes the federal government’s announcement of new funding agreements with states and the Northern Territory which will increase the number of doctors in regional, rural and remote locations.

“The John Flynn Prevocational Doctor Program will promote training opportunities for the growth of the rural medical workforce,” said Susi Tegen...

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Release Date: 18 August 2023

This year, the National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) celebrates its 30th anniversary, having become an incorporated association on 11 August 1993.

The Alliance began, and has remained, as an important voice for rural, regional and remote Australians, to address their concerns in accessing health care and to bring recommendations and solutions to government and others.

The...

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Release Date: 07 July 2023

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) applauds the latest initiative by the federal government to increase long-term funding of rural Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) and capital funding to attract more doctors to train and practise in rural, regional and remote Australia.

The Alliance is concerned about the alarming medical workforce shortage in rural areas and hopes...

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Release Date: 23 June 2023

Startling new evidence shows that each person in rural Australia is missing out on nearly $850 a year of healthcare access, which equates to a total annual rural health spending deficit of $6.5 billion.

This is money that could have allowed Australians living rurally to access health and medical services where they live.

The latest data, revealed in an independent...

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Release Date: 14 June 2023

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) welcomes the news of Prime Minister Albanese’s recommendation to the Governor-General that Mr Blair Comley PSM be appointed as the Secretary for the Department of Health and Aged Care.

“We are pleased to see that a person of Mr Comley’s calibre, with his strong economic qualifications and experience, will lead the health and aged care...

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Release Date: 09 June 2023

The 9th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium held on 20 and 21 June 2023 anticipates over 200 delegates from the health sector across Australia to arrive in Canberra to help shape the future of rural and remote health research.

It has an exciting line-up of high-profile...

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Release Date: 01 June 2023

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) congratulates the Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP, and NBN Co for the launch of a new satellite plan – nbn® Sky Muster® Plus Premium – that introduces more connectivity options for people across rural, regional and remote Australia. 

The Alliance welcomes several benefits this will bring, such as uncapped data...

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