Media Releases

Release Date: 09 September 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance, Australia’s umbrella rural health organisation, visited Parliament today to call for action to improve health outcomes for the 7 million people living outside Australia’s major cities.

Chair of the Alliance, Tanya Lehmann, said that the Alliance wants to see healthy and sustainable regional communities, but sadly that is not the reality in Australia...

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Release Date: 22 August 2019

Fresh on the recent hearings of the Royal Commission into aged care and safety in Darwin, Broome and Cairns, the Australian Journal of Rural Health publishes a special issue focussing on older persons’ health in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Jointly edited by Dr Evelien Spelten (La Trobe University) and Professor Oliver Burmeister (Charles Sturt University) the issue draws...

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Release Date: 16 August 2019

The National Rural Health Alliance commends the Health Minister Greg Hunt’s inclusion of a stronger rural health sector in ‘Australia’s Long Term National Health Plan.’

The Plan clearly articulates the Government’s commitment to bring an additional 3,000 extra doctors and 3,000 additional nurses to rural Australia over 10 years, and the Alliance encourages the Government to consider...

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Release Date: 05 August 2019

Research plays a leading role in improving the health of people in rural and remote Australia and the call for abstracts is now open for presentations to the 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, to be held in Alice Springs, 25-26 May 2020.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from researchers whose work can contribute to better health and wellbeing for the 7 million...

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Release Date: 30 July 2019

Over the next 5 weeks the National Rural Health Alliance will be releasing series of health workforce fact sheets that show the number of health professionals working in rural, regional and remote areas per capita compared to major cities.

The fact sheets confirm the significant mal-distribution of the health workforce across Australia, with...

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Release Date: 24 July 2019


The National Rural Health Alliance is delighted to welcome four new Members to the organisation:

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Release Date: 01 July 2019

Friends of the Alliance has elected a new Advisory Committee to lead it through the next two years.  The new Committee will represent all States and Territories in Australia and provide valuable grassroots input and support to the work of the National Rural Health Alliance.  Friends of the Alliance is united by a passion for...

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Release Date: 27 June 2019

Australia’s peak body for rural, regional and remote health, the National Rural Health Alliance, has appointed rural clinician Dr Gabrielle O’Kane as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Dr O’Kane, a dietitian, comes to the job with 35-plus years working in outback private and public practice in NSW and is also an academic and researcher.

An Adjunct Associate Professor at the...

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Release Date: 27 May 2019

Australia’s peak body for rural, regional and remote health says boosting access to health services via telehealth and increased broadband connectivity, plus boosting the allied health workforce in those areas are key priorities for Australia’s re-appointed Health Minister Greg Hunt.

The National Rural Health Alliance welcomed Mr Hunt’s re-appointment in the portfolio saying he was well...

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Release Date: 16 May 2019

With just four days left to vote in the Federal election, Australia’s peak body for rural, regional and remote health says there is no clear policy winner when it comes to promises for improving the health of people living outside capital cities.

“We’ve had bits and pieces announced but none of the major parties have summarized clearly and comprehensively how they plan to tackle the...

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