Media Releases

Release Date: 14 September 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance, Australia’s umbrella rural health organisation whose 37 members deliver services to more than 7 million Australians, today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement it was taking further action to eradicate mobile phone and digital black spots across the country.

The Alliance strongly supported today’s announcement by the Minister for Regional... read more


Release Date: 11 September 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s umbrella rural health organisation – has called on the Federal Government to work with it to develop and implement “Phase 2” of a National Rural Health Strategy.

Alliance Chair, Tanya Lehmann, said the Alliance was best placed to provide expert advice across the rural health sector in the development of the new rural health strategy, as... read more


Release Date: 28 August 2018

The Ministerial line-up announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a glaring omission.

At a time when great swathes of rural and remote Australia are experiencing the impact of devastating drought conditions, including significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of our communities, the key portfolio of Rural Health is nowhere in sight.

The new Morrison Ministry does not... read more


Release Date: 15 August 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance has announced the last call for abstracts to be submitted to the 15th National Rural Health Conference to be held in Hobart in March next year.

“We have decided to extend the period to Friday, 31 August 2018 to allow sufficient time for as many contributions as possible to be received”, Alliance CEO, Mark Diamond, said.

The National Rural Health... read more


Release Date: 10 August 2018

Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health celebrates its 25th birthday tomorrow.

For quarter of a century the National Rural Health Alliance has championed better health outcomes for country people, and has spearheaded fundamental reform in the sector.

“It’s managed to unify the voices of the rural and remote health sector,” said Tanya Lehmann Alliance Chair.... read more


Release Date: 01 August 2018

 

The National Rural Health Alliance welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to strengthen the privacy provisions of My Health Record – Australia’s online health summary system.

Alliance CEO Mark Diamond says last night’s announcement to amend My Health Record legislation addresses growing concerns about who can access information contained in a person’s online health... read more


Release Date: 26 July 2018

 

The National Rural Health Alliance has joined a growing number of health organisations calling for a tax on sugary drinks.

It’s also calling for greater restrictions on marketing unhealthy food to children, including a ban on free to air TV advertising until after 9.30 at night.

The recommendations are part of the Alliance’s submission to a Senate inquiry into... read more


Release Date: 15 July 2018

 

Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health is urging all country people to embrace My Health Record - an online summary of their health information.

National Rural Health Alliance CEO Mark Diamond says while country people can opt out of My Health Record from today, he implores them not to.

“Simply put, My Health Record can save lives." 

“... read more


Release Date: 21 June 2018

 

A third of country people who suffer moderate to high psychological distress don't think they have a mental health problem.

That's the key finding of research published today in the Australian Journal of Rural Health, the National Rural Health Alliance's peer reviewed journal.

Two and a half... read more


Release Date: 15 June 2018

 

New analysis by the National Rural Health Alliance reveals how few mental health professionals work in the country.

There are just 2 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in remote Australia, new analysis from the National Rural Health Alliance showed today.

Mark Diamond, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, is calling for Australia to overhaul the... read more