Media Releases

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


Release Date: 18 January 2015

The people of rural and remote areas will welcome the recent announcement by Minister Sussan Ley of the Government's intention to undertake wide-ranging consultation across the country to come up with sensible options to deliver appropriate Medicare reforms.

The National Rural Health Alliance believes there should be universal access to high-quality primary care for all Australians -... read more


Release Date: 22 December 2014

The people of rural and remote Australia should be delighted and encouraged by the appointment of Sussan Ley as Minister for Health.

Sussan Ley has been a strong voice in the House of Representatives for a large rural constituency since 2001. Add to that her recent work as Assistant Minister for Education, and you have someone particularly well-equipped to understand both the rural and... read more


Release Date: 19 December 2014

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is pleased to confirm the Northern Territory Government as Principal Sponsor of the 13th National Rural Health Conference to be held in Darwin, 24-27 May 2015. The preliminary program for the Conference is now available and early-bird registration is open until the end of January 2015.  Visit... read more


Release Date: 19 December 2014

Psychology in the Bush, the December special issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH), focuses on the role of psychological services in sustaining good health in rural and remote communities.

As is well known, people who live in rural and remote Australia have a greater prevalence of chronic health conditions and higher rates of smoking, risky drinking and obesity... read more


Release Date: 28 November 2014

The China-US agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 has the capacity to transform the debate on the matter in Australia. And the people of rural and remote Australia will want to be heard.

The National Rural Health Alliance has long recognised the impact of increasing weather intensity and variability on the health of people in rural and remote Australia.

The... read more


Release Date: 25 November 2014

The facts are unmistakable and cannot be ignored.

One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.

Indigenous women and girls are 35 times more likely than the wider female population to be hospitalised due to family violence.

Statistics also indicate that the rate of domestic violence is higher in rural and regional... read more


Release Date: 25 November 2014

In the push to have the tertiary education sector changes pass the Senate, it is vital that the particular interests of rural students and regional universities are not put at risk.

Students from rural and remote areas are already disadvantaged when it comes to access to tertiary education. Only 12 per cent of tertiary education is provided in rural and regional areas, and over half of... read more


Release Date: 17 November 2014

The closing date for abstracts for the 13th National Rural Health Conference is Friday 28 November 2014.

The theme for the 13th National Rural Health Conference is People, Places, Possibilities, with program sessions that reflect how these are the key to good health in rural and remote Australia.

“The 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin 24-27 May 2015 is the nation’s... read more