Media Releases

Release Date: 31 October 2014

Dr Tim Kelly, Chairperson of the NRHA, has welcomed today's announcement by the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, of a revised and improved classification system for remoteness to be used for the administration of financial incentives in the health sector.

"The rural and remote health sector has been anticipating this day for some time and is delighted at today's announcement... read more

Release Date: 13 October 2014

Both poor mental health and poverty occur at slightly higher rates in country than city areas, and both phenomena have particular characteristics in rural and remote areas that need to be understood when seeking answers. The challenges are greater in rural and remote places.

Just as Mental Heath Week and Anti-Poverty Week lie side-by-side, so do their issues. The World Health... read more

Release Date: 03 October 2014

In meetings last week with Ministers Dutton and Nash, the National Rural Health Alliance reiterated the principles which must inform the size, management and functions of the new Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to take over next year from Medicare Locals.

Tim Kelly, Chairperson of the NRHA, said that the tenders soon to be let for the new bodies must lay the basis for ongoing and... read more

Release Date: 01 October 2014


Local arts activities can help reduce social exclusion and the effects of poverty, and on 16 October at 10.30am AEST there will be a live webcast of performances and discussion of the matter from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

The broadcast is a contribution to Anti-... read more

Release Date: 01 October 2014

If you want to contribute to improved health and wellbeing for the people of Australia's country communities, you should consider registering for the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin, 24-27 May 2015.

This will be a great opportunity for you to investigate and support the people, places and possibilities of rural and remote Australia. Early-bird registration is now open.... read more

Release Date: 30 September 2014

CouncilFest, the annual face-to-face meeting of the National Rural Health Alliance, enabled delegates from its 37 member bodies to agree on five priorities to take to parliamentarians in delegations on Monday 22 September.

That was the day on which there was a lockdown in Parliament House due to a security alert. After a photo-shoot with all members of Council in their #loverural t-... read more

Release Date: 26 September 2014

At its 23rd Annual General Meeting this week in Canberra, the 37 organisations in the National Rural Health Alliance elected a strong and experienced Executive for the coming twelve months.

Continuity is assured with the re-election of Tim Kelly, Lesley Barclay and Nicole O-Reilly as Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Honorary Treasurer, respectively.

Tim represents the... read more

Release Date: 22 September 2014

The higher level of security in Parliament House this morning lead to some successful all-Party collaboration to enable the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) to meet with parliamentarians as had been planned.

The annual face-to-face meeting of the NRHA Council includes two days’ work agreeing priorities for current policy issues impacting on rural health and wellbeing and then a day... read more

Release Date: 04 September 2014

4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, Canberra, 2-3 September 2014

Participants at the 4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium held this week committed to a National Strategy and Action Plan for maximising the value of rural and remote health research.

The Strategy and Plan will be the basis for strengthening rural and remote health research through... read more

Release Date: 25 August 2014

To recognise Hearing Awareness Week (August 24-30), the National Rural Health Alliance and the National Relay Service (NRS) have released a joint Fact Sheet on hearing loss in rural Australia. Through the Fact Sheet, people in rural areas can gain a better understanding of how their behaviour and environment might be putting their hearing at risk, and what options they have for diagnosis,... read more