Media Releases

Release Date: 30 July 2015

The challenge of delivering timely, high quality health services in rural and remote Australia can be quite daunting. The deleterious effects of missing out are all the more serious when the patients are infants and children. In the first years of their life the base is being established for a lifelong trajectory of wellness. Health care deficits at the beginning can result in unavoidable poor... read more


Release Date: 17 July 2015

This year’s theme for National Farm Safety Week (20-24 July) is Safe farms are productive farms. It is an opportunity to encourage farmers, agricultural employees and others involved with primary industry to make occupational safety part of their workplace and family culture.

"Fatalities on farms are almost always avoidable," said Gordon Gregory, CEO of the National Rural... read more


Release Date: 03 July 2015

For NAIDOC Week this year the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is contributing to the celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by urging people to listen to the presentations of four remarkable people who work in rural and remote health.

The four were among those who gave keynote addresses... read more


Release Date: 23 June 2015

Funding for the CO-OPS Obesity Prevention Network will cease on 30 June 2015, making it the first victim of foreshadowed cuts to the Health Flexible Funds. A coalition of peak and non-government organisations from the health and community sectors is calling on the Australian Government to scrap plans to cut nearly $800 million from the Health Flexible Funds over the next four financial years.... read more


Release Date: 10 June 2015

Nearly 340 recommendations for improving rural and remote health care were made by delegates who attended the recent 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin. From these, ten were selected as stand-out proposals which, if implemented, would contribute to more accessible, affordable, safe and well-coordinated health care for people living in rural and remote Australia.

The ten... read more


Release Date: 27 May 2015

Following four days of keynote addresses, paper presentations, a vibrant arts and health program, and countless conversations, delegates declared the 13th National Rural Health Conference a major success. The enthusiasm, dedication and passion of delegates and presenters for better rural health was evident from the opening session, and continued right through to today’s closing. It was... read more


Release Date: 27 May 2015

Delegates at the 13th National Rural Health Conference in the Darwin Convention Centre paused this morning to recognise the importance of National Reconciliation Week.

Over 1000 people from all over Australia are meeting this week to discuss improvements in health and wellbeing for people living in remote and rural towns, cities and smaller communities.

Reconciliation involves... read more


Release Date: 26 May 2015

During National Palliative Care Week (24 – 30 May 2015) Australians are being encouraged to break a taboo and sit down and talk about their wishes for end of life care.

The theme for National Palliative Care Week is: “dying to talk; talking about dying won’t kill you”. This theme reminds us that although talking about end of life care is a tough and sad conversation, it is also a... read more


Release Date: 26 May 2015

Ruby Stanley and Francis Hayes both received the prestigious Friends of the Alliance Unsung Hero Award at the 13th National Rural Health Conference. Their tireless contribution to the health and wellbeing of the Katherine community was recognised and celebrated by more than 900 delegates at the official Conference dinner.

Ruby and Francis were both nominated as Unsung Heroes by Aryati... read more


Release Date: 25 May 2015

Over 120 policy recommendations have already been made by delegates attending the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin. This important biennial rural health event has a reputation for being a Conference with real outcomes, and not just another ‘talkfest’. The Sharing Shed is the online forum into which Conference delegates will be loading their ideas and recommendations for... read more