Media Releases

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

Release Date: 18 April 2016

A pre-conference workshop at the Caring for Country Kids Conference in Alice Springs yesterday highlighted the real challenges Australia has in improving the health and wellbeing of children in rural and remote areas in Australia.

Pat Anderson, Chair of the Lowitja Institute, observed how exasperating it is to realise that things are no better now than ten years ago.  Pat agreed... read more

Release Date: 18 April 2016

An impressively broad range of experts from child protection, health, medical and education sectors gathered in Alice Springs yesterday for the opening of the Caring for Country Kids Conference.

After a warm Welcome to Country from local elder Pat Ansell Dodds, delegates were treated to a memorable drumming performance that saw audience members take the stage alongside the spectacular... read more

Release Date: 30 March 2016

The Australian health sector and the wider community need to understand and learn from the tragedy that took place in Fregon last week.

While it is true that personal violence can be experienced anywhere, the working conditions of health professionals in small remote communities must be understood and accommodated by those who employ them.

Geri Malone, Chairperson of the NRHA and... read more

Release Date: 28 March 2016

A special pre-Conference event in Alice Springs will consider some of the hard questions about the wellbeing of children in more remote parts of Australia.

Standing up for Country Kids will develop recommendations about how best to give a voice to the needs of rural children. It is being held in the lead-up to the Caring for Country Kids conference being held in the... read more

Release Date: 15 March 2016

The Minister for Rural Health, Fiona Nash, will formally launch A World of Rural Health (AWoRH) in Parliament House, Canberra, on Wednesday, 16 March 2016.  It will confirm Australia's place as one of the leaders of the international rural and remote health community.

A World of Rural Health is coming to Cairns in April 2017 and will include both the 14... read more

Release Date: 10 March 2016

The Board of the National Rural Health Alliance is delighted to announce the appointment of Kim Webber as Interim CEO of the 36-strong peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health. Kim will take up her position on Monday 4 April.

Longstanding CEO Gordon Gregory informed the Board last year of his decision to retire after 23 years leading the organisation.

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Release Date: 01 March 2016

Calling all health clinicians, teachers, carers, managers, researchers and others interested in the health of country kids – have we got a plenary session for you!
The upcoming Caring for County Kids Conference in Alice Springs on 17-19 April will include a special plenary session focusing on the role of technology in enhancing health... read more