Media Releases

Release Date: 15 March 2018

On the occasion of National Close the Gap day, the National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – asserts that any new National Rural and Remote Health Strategy must place the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples at its core.

Given the fact that health outcomes are known to worsen with remoteness, and that 65% of... read more


Release Date: 13 March 2018

From 11-12 April 2018, Australia’s leading rural and remote health researchers will congregate in Canberra for the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium: Outback Infront.  

The Symposium will take stock of the many milestones that have taken place in the two decades that have passed since the establishment of the first University Department of Rural Health... read more


Release Date: 22 February 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – has welcomed an announcement from the recently convened Ministerial Advisory Committee on Out-of-Pocket Costs about its intention to improve transparency for consumers.

With bulk-billing services less common outside of major cities, Alliance CEO Mark Diamond explains that... read more


Release Date: 05 February 2018

Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health has today welcomed the proposal for a comprehensive Productivity Commission review of private health insurance, put forward by the Opposition yesterday, to improve the affordability of private health insurance for all Australian healthcare consumers.

The rising costs of insurance premiums, as well concerns over... read more


Release Date: 01 February 2018

Changes to the availability of codeine containing medicines come into effect today (1 February 2018).

President of the Rural Doctors Association Australia (RDAA), Dr Adam Coltzau, said that while the up-scheduling of codeine has been well publicised, some patients will remain surprised when they can no longer buy their preferred pain medication over the counter.

“I have no doubt... read more


Release Date: 24 January 2018

With over-the-counter codeine medicines becoming unavailable from next month, the National Rural Health Alliance is encouraging people living in rural and remote Australia to act in advance if the change is likely to affect them.

From 1 February 2018 medicines containing codeine will only be available by prescription. The move was unanimously agreed to by the Therapeutic Goods... read more


Release Date: 17 January 2018

From 1 February 2018 medicines containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription. To prepare for the change, the National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – is developing specialised information for people living in rural and remote areas to ensure that they are aware of the change and how it may affect them.... read more


Release Date: 21 December 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – welcomes Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie as Minister for Sport, Rural Health and Regional Communications.

Speaking on behalf of the Alliance’s 34 Member Bodies, Chief Executive Officer Mark Diamond offered his congratulations on the appointment:

“Senator McKenzie is... read more


Release Date: 18 December 2017

The Board of the National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – is pleased to confirm the appointment of Mark Diamond to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Mark has extensive experience in the planning, development and delivery of health, community and aged care services in regional, rural and remote settings in four... read more


Release Date: 07 December 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – welcomes today’s release of the Pillars of Communities report from the Regional Australia Institute.

The report tracks the number of service delivery professionals in small towns across Australia over a 30 year period. It shows that access rates to doctors, nurses and... read more