Media Releases

Release Date: 30 March 2015

A coalition of eleven peak organisations from the health and community sectors is calling on the Australian Government to scrap plans to cut nearly $200 million in funding to key health initiatives from the end of the financial year. The foreshadowed cuts would reduce the capacity of non-government organisations and peak bodies to deliver services across the country and to provide advice and... read more


Release Date: 20 March 2015

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is delighted to congratulate Kimberley Pharmacy Services (KPS) in Broome, Western Australia, on being named the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s 2015 Pharmacy of the Year. KPS has also been recognised for Excellence in Community Engagement.

To service an area twice the size of Victoria, the team at KPS provides medication support... read more


Release Date: 19 March 2015

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is continually adding the voice of its 37 rural and remote health bodies to the cause of Closing the Gap in health status between Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.

The NRHA looks to its three Indigenous members for leadership on this. They are the National Aboriginal Community Controlled... read more


Release Date: 19 March 2015

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) congratulates Wiley Online Library on its Research on Indigenous Australia publication. The launch by Wiley of this new virtual publication this week acknowledges the importance of Close the Gap Day and the vital role research plays in helping bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians across many health and socio-economic... read more


Release Date: 02 March 2015

With all of the focus in health policy currently stuck on one single issue relating to Medicare, it is timely to have a detailed 'spot check' of how things are going for health and health services in remote and rural Australia.

The 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin begins in 12 weeks' time and will be a wonderful opportunity for such an update. It will bring together... read more


Release Date: 20 February 2015

A coalition of eight national health organisations is calling on the Commonwealth Government to use next week’s Senate Budget Estimates hearings to reveal its plans for three important dental health programs.

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said millions of Australians would be impacted if the Government fails in its 2013 election... read more


Release Date: 11 February 2015

The rate of suicide in rural areas is 66 per cent higher than in major cities - stark proof that many people are not getting the mental health support they so desperately need.

This tragic suicide rate in rural areas is in part attributable to the fact that there are fewer GPs (typically the first port of call for people experiencing mental illness) and mental health professionals. For... read more


Release Date: 06 February 2015

More than 6.7 million Australians enjoy the magic of living in the country. They experience and contribute to the creativity and resilience of the communities of rural and remote areas and often witness moments or natural phenomena of sheer beauty and majesty.

In conjunction with the biennial National Rural Health Conference, Friends of the Alliance hosts an amateur Photographic and... read more


Release Date: 03 February 2015

Mental health challenges in rural and remote Australia are widespread and serious, but it's not all bad news. The latest National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) Fact Sheet describes some of both the good news and the bad, and there is also a Rural Mental Health Help Sheet with valuable information on where to find advice and support.

Tragically, a higher proportion of people in rural and... read more


Release Date: 30 January 2015

Online applications can be made between 3 February to 3 March for grants in Round 6 of the Rural Health Continuing Education Stream Two (RHCE2).

The RHCE2 program provides grants on a competitive basis to support access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for allied health professionals, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, nurses and midwives, and GPs in more... read more