Media Releases

Release Date: 19 May 2014

New evidence from the NRHA shows that, without some special provisions being made, a seven dollar GP co-payment for patients currently being bulk-billed would have particularly severe consequences for people in rural and remote areas - and their GPs.

Rural people already postpone or avoid medical consultation at higher rates than people in the cities. This is the case for 17 per cent in... read more

Release Date: 13 May 2014

The modest commitments made on rural health in the 2013 Election campaign have been confirmed in a health Budget with a strong medical emphasis. These include funding for additional GP consultation rooms for supervising registrars and medical students in rural and remote locations, and a small investment in scholarships for nursing and allied health.

"It is hard to see how the increase... read more

Release Date: 06 May 2014

People in rural and remote areas are already paying for health care they can't access and Medicare co-payments will do nothing to improve the situation for them.

It would be counter-productive in health terms and unfair in 'Australian terms' to erect any additional barriers in the health sector to primary care in country or city. There is evidence from around the world that the more... read more

Release Date: 01 May 2014

An independent evaluation of a Federal Government program to provide grants to health professionals in more remote areas has given the initiative top marks. Stream 2 of the Rural Health Continuing Education program (RHCE2) provides grants, on a competitive basis, to help individuals and multi-professional groups of health service providers obtain the continuing professional development (CPD)... read more

Release Date: 17 April 2014

The current issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH, April 2014) points to some of the answers.

In his editorial entitled "Rethinking Medicare: Some rural considerations" AJRH editor Professor David Perkins links the current discussion about the role of Medicare with workforce planning: "Medicare is an insurance system designed to assist the population to afford medical... read more

Release Date: 09 April 2014

The new issue of Partyline, the compact and colourful magazine of the National Rural Health Alliance, is online now! You can download your copy from

April Partyline has an inspiring article on how the synergy of arts and health helped to heal communities that had been ravaged by bushfires. Vivid photographs illustrate... read more

Release Date: 08 April 2014

The National Rural Health Alliance has won in two categories at the ACT Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Awards night. The Alliance won the two awards for its management of the 12th National Rural Health Conference held in Adelaide a year ago.

In the In-House Meeting Member Category, the Alliance won the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award and was joint winner, with the... read more

Release Date: 07 March 2014

A group of eight national health organisations have today reiterated their support for continued investment in improved dental health, particularly for children and those who rely on public dental health services.

Information from this week's Senate Estimates confirmed that both the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) agreed in August 2013 and the Child Dental Benefits Schedule are... read more

Release Date: 26 February 2014

This is DonateLife Week - Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation. The week encourages Australians to talk about the possibility of becoming an organ donor so that even more Australians can have a healthier future.

We're asking people in rural and remote areas to lead the way on this. Becoming an organ donor is simple and quick to do. Such generosity... read more

Release Date: 21 February 2014

People in rural and remote areas who have poor mobile phone service are encouraged to make their case known to the Department of Communications – and encourage their local Council to become involved.

The Abbott Government has set aside $100 million for a Mobile Coverage Programme to improve mobile phone coverage, including in mobile black spots. The money is to be invested in... read more