Media Releases

Release Date: 06 March 2020

New research from North West Tasmania has shone a light on the difficulties in caring for stroke patients in rural Australia.

The research, from the University of Tasmania’s College of Health and Medicine Dr Sarah Prior, Nicole Reeves and Professor Steven Campbell, and funded by the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation, is featured in the February issue of the Australian Journal of...

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Release Date: 26 February 2020

Leading rural health researchers from across Australia will gather in Alice Springs on 25-26 May 2020 for the 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium.

This year, the biennial Symposium (see full program) has the theme “shaping the future” – bringing...

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Release Date: 19 February 2020

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, today released its 2020-21 pre-budget submission.

The submission puts forward two proposals: a plan to create innovative place-based health and wellbeing networks in six rural Australian towns, and the Rural Digital Health Initiative, a suite of measures that will improve digital health literacy...

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Release Date: 11 February 2020

Climate change and health are inextricably linked, and it is people in rural, regional and remote Australia who are hit the hardest.

That’s the message that the National Rural Health Alliance and a range of expert speakers will deliver to MPs at a Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health breakfast.

Speakers at the breakfast include Professor Anthony Capon, the Director of...

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Release Date: 30 January 2020

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health Australia, welcomed the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) as a member of the Alliance.

“We’re delighted to have RANZCOG join the Alliance,” said National Rural Health Alliance CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane.

"RANZCOG is a respected and well-established peak...

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Release Date: 09 January 2020

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, said that the Bureau of Meteorology’s 2019 Annual Climate Statement – that shows 2019 was both the hottest and driest year on record for Australia – highlights the urgent need for a climate and health strategy and immediate action to reduce carbon emissions.

“The Bureau of Meteorology report...

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Release Date: 20 December 2019

The recent announcement of an additional $100m to to increase clinical trial participation for rural Australians has been welcomed by the Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health. In his editorial in the December 2019 issue, Professor Russell Roberts endorsed the focus of this initiative on improving facilities and services and increasing rural research capacity.

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Release Date: 08 November 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, co-hosted a digital health workshop today with the NBN in Sydney.

CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane said that the workshop, which was attended by Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher, brought together key stakeholders including health practitioners, advocates and consumers.

“Digital health is...

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Release Date: 07 November 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, has released new research that illustrates the breadth and diversity of the paramedic workforce in Australia.

The fact sheet published by the Alliance is available at https://www.ruralhealth.org.au/sites/default/files/publications/paramedic-fact-sheet.pdf

The analysis, which comes from...

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Release Date: 31 October 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s draft mental health report today.

“Access to mental health services in the bush is a significant issue and the Productivity Commission’s draft report confirms this,” said National Rural Health Alliance CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane.

“There is...

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