Jigsaw puzzle

The National Rural Health Alliance has been leading advocacy to the Government that it is time to develop a new Rural and Remote Health Strategy, together with a fully funded Implementation Plan.  In developing its thoughts on the need for a new Strategy and its contents, the Alliance is developing a series of discussion papers, with the first now available – considering the reasons why we need a new Strategy and what has been achieved under the 2011-12 Strategy.

Girl blowing flower
The Alliance has updated its social determinants of health page. Access to work and career, control over one’s environment, income, education, security, happiness and respect all have strong tangible effects on peoples’ health, and also influence many risk factors like smoking and overweight. The updated pages discuss the contribution of these social determinants to the health of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia, with links to key documents and data.
View the priority recoomendations
One of the strengths of the biennial National Rural Health Conference is its capacity to generate recommendations for action to improve policies and programs for rural and remote health. The recommendations play a key part in setting the rural and remote health sector's agenda for subsequent years.  View the final priority recommendations as presented to the Assistant Minister for Health on the final day.
Budget 2017-18
Rural health got almost no attention in the Budget and this is a glaring omission.  The Alliance will continue to advocate for a long-term commitment to develop a new national rural and remote health plan that can identify concrete, on-the-ground building blocks, including funding models, to bridge the divide in health outcomes for people living outside the major cities of Australia. 
What qualities do we need in a rural health commissioner?
As the rural health sector waits to find out who Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner will be, we question can the Commissioner actually be all things to all people?