Media Releases

Release Date: 06 December 2017

Today’s release of a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on private health insurance use in Australian hospitals, highlights the lack of choice faced by privately insured individuals living in rural and remote areas of Australia.

The data shows that the proportion of private health insurance funded admissions to public hospitals increases significantly in... read more

Release Date: 01 December 2017

Higher rates of socio-economic disadvantage compounded by a lack of access to health services is creating a perfect storm for the seven million people living in rural and... read more

Release Date: 28 November 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for Outback Infront, the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium which will take place in Canberra on 11-12 April 2018.

The Symposium marks 20 years of Australian rural and remote health research that focusses on access and equity, addressing health issues and building the workforce. It... read more

Release Date: 06 November 2017

The introduction of a new Medicare rebate will improve access to telehealth psychological services for people living in rural and remote areas of Australia.

The new rebate, which commenced on 1 November, means that people living in remote and rural areas of Australia can claim a Medicare rebate for up to seven videoconferencing consultations with psychologists and other mental health... read more

Release Date: 21 October 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – welcomes the announcement of Professor Paul Worley as Australia’s first Rural Health Commissioner.

Speaking on behalf of the Alliance’s 36 Member Bodies, Chair Tanya Lehmann, described the appointment as a potential catalyst to drive the urgent work required to improve rural... read more

Release Date: 10 October 2017

Despite the fact that rates of mental illness are similar across the country, the seven million people living in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia have significantly poorer access to mental health professionals and services than those based in metropolitan areas.

In very remote areas of the country, psychiatrists are around six times less prevalent than in city areas. Mental... read more

Release Date: 21 September 2017


A joint statement by the Consumers Health Forum, Australian Hospitals and Healthcare Association, CHOICE, Public Health Association of Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance

As the organisations who represent Australia’s health consumers and advocate in the interests of the Australian health care system, we call on the Government to ensure its proposed... read more

Release Date: 12 September 2017

At Parliament House this morning, rural and remote health advocates from across Australia called for the urgent development of a bipartisan, cross-jurisdictional National Rural Health Strategy, supported by robust health access standards, to help overcome the disparity in service access between the city and the bush.

The seven million people living in rural and remote Australia access... read more

Release Date: 12 September 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance welcomes Tanya Lehmann as the new Chair of the Board.

Tanya is no stranger to the Alliance, having represented Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) on the Council since 2010 and on the Board as Deputy Chair for the past two years.

A country person by birth and choice, Tanya grew up on a farm in Wagin, Western Australia and now... read more

Release Date: 11 September 2017

Rural and remote health advocates from all corners of the country are meeting in Canberra to discuss solutions to addressing the health deficit experienced by the seven million people living in rural and remote Australia.

On Tuesday 12 September, representatives will be attending an inaugural breakfast at Parliament House, hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health... read more