Media Releases

Release Date: 02 November 2022

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is deeply concerned by the severe floods experienced across New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania and expresses sympathy to the rural, regional and remote communities affected by them.

“The Alliance is concerned about the impact the inclement weather will have on rural and urban centres and their communities, including food shortages,...

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Release Date: 26 October 2022

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) welcomes the initiatives for rural, regional and remote health outlined in the Federal Budget 2022–23. However, it is disappointing that the Budget fails to deliver the significant investment and innovation required to meaningfully address the health access challenges facing rural communities.

The Alliance CEO Susi Tegen...

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Release Date: 27 September 2022

Australia’s peak body for rural, regional and remote health, the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), has appointed Susanne (Susi) Tegen - an advocate for rural communities, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Susi Tegen has lived and worked in rural and remote Australia for most of her working life while living in rural South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Australian...

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Release Date: 16 August 2022

16NRH conference audience and stage photo Mrs Julieanne Gilbert MP, Assistant Minister for Health and Regional Health Infrastructure, Queensland, welcoming delegates to Brisbane. Picture by Yme Tulleners, Kirkland Photography....

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Release Date: 11 July 2022

In the lead up to the recent Federal election, the crisis in rural health received considerable media attention. It is well understood that the lack of sufficient health professionals and limited access to health care result in lower life expectancy and higher levels of disease and injury in rural, regional and remote communities compared to metropolitan populations.

“If we are going to...

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Release Date: 03 May 2022

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) has welcomed the Coalition’s election commitment to address rural health workforce challenges with an opportunity to introduce new and innovative care models relevant to rural and remote communities.

The Coalition today announced an additional $35 million, under the Innovative Models of Collaborative Care program, to support new...

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Release Date: 29 April 2022

Recent media reports have focused on the major parties’ lack of serious commitment to addressing the rural health crisis. These reports have highlighted the real-life implications for people struggling to access health care and the devastating consequences for communities.

Rural Australians are still waiting for any major party to address the glaring gap in election commitments to date...

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Release Date: 13 April 2022

Bold reform is vital to achieve equitable health outcomes
for rural, regional and remote communities

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is calling on all political parties to commit to bold health-system change to enable people in rural, regional and remote communities to achieve equitable health outcomes.

The Alliance is highlighting the...

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Release Date: 01 March 2022

A specialised roundtable discussion with rural health consumers has resulted in recommendations to help address gaps in accessing health services in rural, regional and remote Australia.


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Release Date: 13 February 2022

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is challenging the next federal government to stop the political trend of funding small, fragmented initiatives that merely plug gaps across Australia’s deficient rural health system. 

CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane says the ...

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