Media Releases

Release Date: 03 April 2017

The seven million people living in regional, rural and remote Australia need a national strategy and implementation plan to bridge the divide between their health and wellbeing, and that of people in metropolitan areas.

 “For too long, Australia has been without an overarching strategy and implementation plan which is dedicated to bridging the health divide between the city and the...

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Release Date: 30 March 2017

Senior Australian of the Year for 2017, Sister Anne Gardiner AM, will make the journey from her home on Bathurst Island off Darwin to kick off Australia’s celebrated National Rural Health Conference in Cairns next month.

Sister Anne has shared first-hand the many challenges and opportunities both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people face living in remote communities.


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Release Date: 26 March 2017

It's the most important event of its kind in Australia and there's only a month to go before the 14th National Rural Health Conference kicks off in Cairns.

The Conference is regarded as the pre-eminent event that brings together people from across the rural and remote health sector – consumers, practitioners, managers, policy makers, academics, carers, researchers and students.


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Release Date: 21 March 2017

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) have welcomed the progress of legislation within the Federal Parliament to create the role of National Rural Health Commissioner, with it having passed through the House of Representatives last night.

Both the Alliance and RDAA have commended the Federal Government on its creation of the...

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Release Date: 08 March 2017

Medal-winning Olympian and breast cancer survivor Raelene Boyle AM MBE will headline the pre-Conference events that will kick-start the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns this April.

As an ambassador and founding board member of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), the peak national organisation for women and men personally affected by breast cancer, Raelene will speak...

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Release Date: 07 March 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance is inviting those passionate about improving the health and well-being of the seven million people living in rural and remote Australia to become a Friend and help the Alliance to strengthen and promote its critical work.

The Alliance is the peak non-government body for rural and remote health in Australia, and ‘Friends of the Alliance’ is a...

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Release Date: 17 February 2017

Many of the issues raised in the ninth annual Closing the Gap report released this week will be considered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders at the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns from April 26 to 29.

“The Prime Minister specifically spoke of the need for better engagement and consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities if real...

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Release Date: 14 February 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body in rural and remote health throughout Australia, agrees with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s summation of the ninth Closing the Gap report that there is a critical need for more community-driven outcomes.

According to NRHA CEO, David Butt, while progress has been seen in some areas, the rates of infant mortality were no longer on...

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Release Date: 12 February 2017

One of the country's leading former political and international reporters, Catherine McGrath, will act as MC for the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns from April 26 to 29.

The organising body, the National Rural Health Alliance, has warmly welcomed Catherine to the role for the biennial Conference, the most significant rural health event in ...

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Release Date: 08 February 2017

“Australia’s first Rural Health Commissioner has the potential to be the catalyst for transformational change for the 7 million people who live in rural and remote areas,” National Rural Health Alliance CEO, David Butt, said today.

Legislation to establish the Rural Health Commissioner as a statutory office holder is being introduced into parliament this week. 

The Rural...

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