Media Releases

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

Release Date: 13 February 2014

More and more Australians are embracing the message that physical activity is important for good health. Nevertheless one half of all Australians do not meet the recommended health guidelines of at least 30 minutes moderate physical activity five days a week. This is a particularly important message for rural Australians because, overall, they have higher levels of mortality, disease and... read more

Release Date: 05 February 2014

With heatwaves becoming hotter and longer, and arriving earlier and more often, increased attention has turned to the likely adverse health consequences of climate change for the 6.7 million residents of rural and remote Australia. The results of a study of rural and regional GPs published in the February 2014 issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health show that although GPs have an... read more

Release Date: 30 January 2014

Professor David Perkins’ editorial in the February 2014 issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH) draws attention to the challenges to Australia's health system of projected increases in the nation's population. The Australian Bureau of Statistics projects a population of 36.8 - 48.3 million people by 2061.

"Where will these people live and who will care for them?"... read more

Release Date: 28 January 2014

Fluoridation of drinking water is regarded by public health experts as the most cost-effective health promotion intervention available in a wealthy country like Australia.

Yet millions of Australians do not have ready access to fluoridated drinking water. In rural and remote areas special measures are justified to fix this.

Over 3 million people in Australia live in places... read more