Media Releases

Release Date: 24 June 2016

The CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, Kim Webber, today warmly welcomed the Coalition’s announcement of its intention to appoint a National Rural Health Commissioner to drive the urgent work that is needed to improve rural and remote health in Australia.  This announcement follows the earlier Labor Party announcement to appoint a Rural Health Commissioner to its Health Care... read more


Release Date: 23 June 2016

Report after report has shown that the health status of remote Australians is worse than both city and rural populations on almost every indicator. 

Fact – risk factors for poor health such as smoking and obesity are higher in remote Australia.  These factors are proven to contribute to ill health and the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease,... read more


Release Date: 02 June 2016

All the evidence shows that health issues are a top priority for voters in the current election campaign. This is even more so for the seven million people who live in rural, regional and remote areas, who have poorer health overall and find it harder to access the services they need at the right time and in the right place.

The NRHA is running a campaign to help ensure that people... read more


Release Date: 01 June 2016

The call for abstracts for the 14th National Rural Health Conference opens today.  Presenters will have the opportunity to share their work with over 1,200 people interested in the health and wellbeing of people in rural and remote Australia.  Anyone involved in improving the health of people in rural Australia is invited to submit an abstract for consideration... read more


Release Date: 27 May 2016

One in five people experience mental illness in any one year.

People in rural and remote Australia are just as likely to experience mental illness as their city cousins.

In major cities, people with mental illness can, and do, access a raft of services to assist with the diagnosis, management and treatment of mental illness. They receive primary care from their GP... read more


Release Date: 27 May 2016

A public Symposium in Canberra in September 2016 will bring together leading researchers, data agencies and policy makers to discuss the current and emerging issues that shape rural health in Australia.
The 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium is being convened by the Nation Rural Health Alliance in partnership with Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS... read more


Release Date: 26 May 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) today welcomed the important voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses, midwives and health workers to its membership.  

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM), and the National... read more


Release Date: 17 May 2016

If all the people who live in rural and remote Australia came together into a single city, that city would have a population of 7 million people and be bigger than even Sydney and Melbourne.

What if we knew that the entire population of Sydney or Melbourne, or any of our major cities had poorer access to health services?  Imagine the uproar!

Yet the 7 million people who live... read more


Release Date: 03 May 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance is disappointed that the Federal Budget fails to address the under-expenditure on rural health, which is in the order of $2 billion per year.

Kim Webber, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance said, “The last significant investment in rural health was the half a billion dollar investment in a comprehensive rural health strategy more than 16... read more


Release Date: 19 April 2016

The Caring for Country Kids conference in Alice Springs has highlighted five themes for strengthening Australia's approach to health and wellbeing for rural and remote children.

Delegates at the Conference agreed with Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner, that Australia needs a national plan for child health and a strategic approach to implementation in rural and... read more