The Alliance is pleased to announce David Butt as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance.

David is currently CEO of the National Mental Health Commission.  His previous roles have included being the Commonwealth’s first Chief Allied Health Officer, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health, CEO of the Little Company of Mary and the Australian General Practice Network.

David will commence in October 2016.

5th rural and remote health sientific symposium
Rural and remote health was top of the agenda for more than 100 experts gathered for the 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium this week.  According to the Hon Dr David Gillespie, Assistant Minister for Rural Health “So much of the heart and soul and sense of who we are as Australians, comes out of rural and remote areas”. 
On Thursday 9 June, the NRHA held a free public webinar titled 'The making of Australia's rural and remote health sector – and its challenges for the future'. This webinar is now available to watch online.
the rural health community wants to hear from you
And it only takes 400 words!  There are two weeks left to submit an abstract for a potential spot on the 14th National Rural Health Conference program.  If you want to share your passion for rural and remote health with the 1,000+ delegates in Cairns submit an abstract before 30 September 2016.
The little book of rural health numbers
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