Media Releases

Release Date: 26 July 2018


The National Rural Health Alliance has joined a growing number of health organisations calling for a tax on sugary drinks.

It’s also calling for greater restrictions on marketing unhealthy food to children, including a ban on free to air TV advertising until after 9.30 at night.

The recommendations are part of the Alliance’s submission to a Senate inquiry into... read more

Release Date: 15 July 2018


Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health is urging all country people to embrace My Health Record - an online summary of their health information.

National Rural Health Alliance CEO Mark Diamond says while country people can opt out of My Health Record from today, he implores them not to.

“Simply put, My Health Record can save lives." 

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Release Date: 21 June 2018


A third of country people who suffer moderate to high psychological distress don't think they have a mental health problem.

That's the key finding of research published today in the Australian Journal of Rural Health, the National Rural Health Alliance's peer reviewed journal.

Two and a half... read more

Release Date: 15 June 2018


New analysis by the National Rural Health Alliance reveals how few mental health professionals work in the country.

There are just 2 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in remote Australia, new analysis from the National Rural Health Alliance showed today.

Mark Diamond, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, is calling for Australia to overhaul the... read more

Release Date: 24 May 2018


A person’s life can be saved in an emergency with an online health record, the CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance said today.

Mark Diamond urges all country people to have a My Health Record – an online summary of their health information.

“Country people are more likely to be brought into an emergency department from a heart attack, car accident or diabetic... read more

Release Date: 08 May 2018


New funding to attract more doctors to country areas has been welcomed by the National Rural Health Alliance, Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health.


“We are pleased tonight’s Federal Budget allocates $550 million over 10 years to help fill the health workforce gaps that exist in so many parts of country Australia,” said Alliance CEO Mark Diamond... read more

Release Date: 11 April 2018


As 118 of Australia’s top rural health researchers gather in Canberra today for a major Symposium, a new report reveals just how short of funds they are.

Rural health research attracted just 1.1% of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding from 2000 to 2014.

“That’s despite a third of Australia... read more

Release Date: 05 April 2018

Out of pocket medical bills exceeding $10,000 have become common place for patients with breast cancer and certain chronic conditions, a national survey conducted by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia has found.

The Out of Pocket Pain survey drew 1,200 responses, many from people shocked to learn that despite having health insurance they still had to pay thousands of dollars out of... read more

Release Date: 26 March 2018

Joint statement from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, Public Health Association of Australia, Consumers Health Forum of Australia and National Rural Health Alliance

If we want Australia’s First Peoples to have the best possible healthcare, then all healthcare providers and professions have to seriously embrace the concept of cultural safety.

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Release Date: 23 March 2018

The 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium: Outback Infront is taking place in Canberra from 11-12 April 2018. With more than 200 of Australia’s leading rural and remote health researchers registered to attend, the Symposium is gearing up to be one of the largest and most significant in the National Rural Health Alliance’s long... read more