A good health system is based on primary care. To be effective for people in rural and remote areas, access to primary care needs to be close to home.

The new Primary Health Networks have a potentially critical role in this. Local area planning and coordination of healthcare services remains a current focus for the Alliance.

The proportions of people in rural and remote areas who drink alcohol at levels that are risky for lifetime harm and single occasion harm are higher than for their peers in the major cities. Discover more facts about risky drinking in rural and remote areas vs the major cities through the Risky drinking infographic.

Complete the Department of Health survey for consumers and carers, healthcare providers and medical software vendors about the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) and the implementation of the PCEHR Review.

The Alliance is working with rural clients of disability services and their carers to identify ways in which the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will work well in more remote areas. There are many common challenges facing people with disabilities in rural and remote areas despite wide variations in demographics and needs.