Media Releases

Release Date: 01 May 2019

Australia’s peak body for rural health has urged aspiring members of the nation’s next Federal Government to abandon the assumption that market economics can be the main lever driving the delivery of health services in rural areas.

“We know that when it comes to rural health, market failure exists,” National Rural Health Alliance Chair Tanya Lehmann said.

“We have to come out of...

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Release Date: 30 April 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s umbrella rural health group – has welcomed the major parties’ focus on rural, regional and remote connectivity for health’s sake, ahead of the Federal election.

Labor has promised $245 million to eradicate mobile black spots, improve digital literacy and fund local projects to improve connectivity in regional communities. The Coalition...

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Release Date: 30 April 2019

Rural health needs greater focus to help undecided voters get clear about their choices ahead of the Federal Election on May 18, the National Rural Health Alliance says.

“Big issues like water and whether new coal mines should be opened can overwhelm the equally significant health service needs of the 7 million people who live outside Australia’s big cities, but in fact these are all...

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Release Date: 29 April 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance has welcomed the ALP’s announcement of a $2.4 billion Pensioner Dental Plan – providing access to free dental oral health care to 3 million older Australians.

Alliance CEO, Mark Diamond, said the move would provide relief to older people in rural communities who did not have access to such services.

Mr Diamond said access to oral health services...

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Release Date: 23 April 2019

An incoming Federal Government needs to immediately address the critical shortage of allied health professionals in rural, regional and remote Australia if the nation is to have any hope of making healthcare accessible to those regions, the National Rural Health Alliance says.

CEO Mark Diamond acknowledged considerable progress by previous governments in addressing rural doctor...

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Release Date: 19 April 2019

Labor’s planned $33 million attack on eradicating rheumatic heart disease, and its promise to give Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations a bigger role in delivering culturally appropriate primary healthcare services is welcomed by the nation’s peak body for rur

al and remote health, the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

“We have long argued that delivering...

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Release Date: 15 April 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) has named four key areas an incoming Federal Government must address to help rural Australians get healthier and live longer.

The nation’s peak body for rural, regional and remote health has also listed in detail what needs to be done in each area.

The four areas are:

  • Improving the health of Indigenous Australians
  • ...
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Release Date: 03 April 2019

The peak national body for rural health has welcomed $62m to train doctors in rural generalist practice, but says tonight’s budget has largely failed to address a critical shortage of allied health professionals for 7million people living outside metropolitan Australia.

National Rural Health Alliance CEO Mark Diamond said the budget was a mixed bag for rural health.

“We’ve had a...

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Release Date: 28 March 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequality is the most pressing health issue facing Australia, according to over 1100 delegates at the 15th National Rural Health Conference.

The conference identified priorities for an incoming government on the eve of a federal election including:

  • The conference delegates endorsed the Uluru Statement from the Heart...
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Release Date: 25 March 2019

Australia’s 15th National Rural Health Conference has opened in Hobart with a big focus on nursing and a call for the abolition of discrimination and racism in health service delivery in remote and rural areas.

In her opening address, New Zealand academic Jane Mills urged nurses to lead the change needed to tackle climate change. “Nurses are so important because they account...

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