Media Releases

Release Date: 07 May 2015

A vast array of performers and exhibitors will showcase their talents in the Arts and Health program at the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin, 24-27 May 2015. With performances spread across the three days, this is the largest Arts and Health program ever staged at the National Rural Health Conference. The connection between creative endeavour and wellbeing is well established... read more


Release Date: 01 May 2015

May Day is upon us but many health and wellbeing services in rural and remote areas will not be dancing around the Maypole.* They are facing extreme funding uncertainty and are anxious about their capacity to continue servicing their clients and patients.

NRHA's CEO Gordon Gregory said today that the Government must end the uncertainty. "The NRHA has written to Minister Ley seeking a... read more


Release Date: 29 April 2015

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) strongly supports the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative being launched today by NPS MedicineWise.

Choosing Wisely Australia has the potential to improve the quality of care provided to rural Australians by encouraging conversations between rural health consumers and clinicians about the overuse of tests, treatments and medical procedures.... read more


Release Date: 27 April 2015

There is a packed program of eleven pre-Conference events at the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin, from 22-24 May 2015. The pre-Conference program is an opportunity for delegates to dedicate time to specialised training across a broad range of rural health and other professional issues prior to the Conference opening at 4pm, Sunday 24 May.

The topics being presented in... read more


Release Date: 24 April 2015

Today marks one month before the 13th National Rural Health Conference starts in Darwin on Sunday 24 May. The Darwin Convention Centre will host more than 1,000 delegates from across the rural and remote health community who will hear from a range of prominent speakers and over 200 papers delivered in 10 concurrent streams over three days.

The theme of the 13th National Rural Health... read more


Release Date: 21 April 2015

With the help of the Flying Doctor, Darwin will play host to 1000 rural health professionals attending the 13th National Rural Health Conference

The conference is being held from 24-27 May at the Darwin Convention Centre with a focus on improving rural health across Australia. 

“The National Rural Health Alliance considers it a privilege to host this Conference and we are... read more


Release Date: 17 April 2015

Two young and passionate advocates for rural and remote health services are being given a leg up to Darwin for the 13th National Rural Health Conference.

Russell Lamb, from Woomargama in New South Wales and Erin Morrison, from Kangaroo Island in South Australia, are the recipients of the 2015 Des Murray Scholarship.

Des Murray was for a long time a rural health leader who... read more


Release Date: 16 April 2015

A study reported in the April 2015 issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH) has found that 51 per cent of the nation's farm workers are regularly exposed to daily noise levels above the Australian Exposure Standard. Using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it is estimated that around 163,000 Australian agricultural workers are affected.

Hearing loss affects... read more


Release Date: 15 April 2015

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) welcomes the Government's announcement of the successful bids for Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and understands the care being taken to have the best options in place for those areas where decisions are yet to be confirmed.

For rural PHNs to be successful they must immediately start working with organisations and communities in their catchments... read more


Release Date: 01 April 2015

A partnership between the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) will help equip rural and remote health service managers, clinicians, consumers and researchers with skills to make better use of health data.

AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said The Improvement Challenge, a workshop to be hosted by the two... read more