Media Releases

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


Release Date: 07 November 2014

Applications are now open for the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme, funded by the Australian Government. RAMUS contributes to a better distribution of doctors across Australia by offsetting some of the additional costs borne by medical students from rural, regional or remote areas. The National Rural Health Alliance -the peak organisation for rural and remote... read more


Release Date: 03 November 2014

Joseph Shannon is a musician, a Winanjjikari Music Centre (WMC) employee, a member of the Barkly Boys band, a Tennant Creek local and a student at Tennant Creek High School.

Life is busy for Joseph. During the day he works at WMC and after that he goes to school. "This way I can get the best of both worlds: I can be a rock star and a student!"

In a touching... read more


Release Date: 02 November 2014

In a long and rambling acceptance speech on Saturday night, Gordon Gregory, re-badged as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Rural Health Alliance, listed a large number of people who played no part in supporting him in his work.

Specifically mentioned were his wife and family, as well as longstanding work colleagues such as Janine, Lexia and Leanne. Policy staff such as... read more