Media Releases

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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Release Date: 20 January 2022

The Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH) is collaborating with the open-access journal, Rural and Remote Health (RRH) and the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine (CJRM) to advance the inclusivity and profile of Indigenous authors and communities engaged in rural health research.

The three journals have published a joint declaration, ...

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Release Date: 02 December 2021

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) has launched two evidence-based resources that support and drive rural health reform by answering crucial questions raised by policymakers and rural health stakeholders.

The first resource, the Rural Health in Australia Snapshot 2021 (...

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Release Date: 09 September 2021

The National Rural Health Alliance has announced the appointment of Professor Timothy Skinner as Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (the Journal).

The Journal, published by Wiley, is considered one of the leading peer-reviewed rural health journals in the world. It contributes significantly to the evidence base on rural health, with the aim of improving health...

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Release Date: 24 August 2021

The political rhetoric at daily COVID-19 briefings that the ticket to freedom for city dwellers is reaching up to
80 per cent vaccination coverage, is giving them false hope, according to the National Rural Health Alliance (the

Alliance CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane says, “We are concerned about the rise of this ‘vax race’ between the state
and territory leaders...

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