Media Releases

Release Date: 19 December 2013

It is well known that rural and remote Australia does not have enough doctors. This is despite the fact that people in those areas have the greatest health need and the greatest challenges in accessing services.

So how many doctors are there in country areas? Surprisingly there is still no unequivocal evidence about the scale and location of doctor shortages. This means that policies... read more


Release Date: 12 December 2013

The new report from the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) highlights the critical importance of preventing disease through health promotion activity and treating early stages of disease quickly and effectively, for example through early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. People in rural and remote areas are missing out on such attention because of a range of issues, including... read more


Release Date: 06 December 2013

And, along with that, we need 39,292 annual eye examinations for diabetic retinopathy and 4,382 cataract surgeries!

These are some of the findings of two ground-breaking studies lead by Dr Ya-seng Hsueh and Professor Hugh Taylor of the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health in the current issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH). The studies are the... read more


Release Date: 06 December 2013

At its annual face-to-face meeting on 22-26 November, Council of the National Rural Health Alliance welcomed three new national organisations to membership. They are the rural and remote interest groups of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, the Australian College of Midwives, and Speech Pathology Australia.

The Rural, Regional and Remote Committee of the Australasian... read more


Release Date: 03 December 2013

Despite the great life experienced by many of the more than 6.7 million who live in rural and remote Australia, and the resilient communities there, it must be recognised that the people of country areas experience deficits on many counts.

In its pursuit of a structurally sound budget, the Abbott Government must be sure not to make cuts that will further disadvantage vulnerable groups... read more


Release Date: 27 November 2013

Tim Kelly, South Australian GP, has this week been elected Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance.

Tim represents the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) on Council of the Alliance and is Treasurer on the ACRRM Board. He has been a procedural rural GP in South Australia's Mid North and is now CEO of the Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program.

He grew up... read more


Release Date: 14 November 2013

The National Rural Health Alliance is delighted with the endorsement last week by Health Ministers of the National Framework for Arts and Health. Following its earlier endorsement by Australian Cultural Ministers, the Framework is a welcome boost for health professionals and arts practitioners who have for many years championed the role of arts and health as a means of improving health... read more


Release Date: 08 November 2013

People in rural areas are more likely than those in cities to end up in hospital for reasons that could have been avoided by more effective primary care. In 2011-12, Central and North Western Queensland Medicare Local region had the highest rate of avoidable hospitalisation, at 5,342 per 100,000 people, compared with 1,891 in North Sydney.

The main reason for higher rates of avoidable... read more


Release Date: 07 November 2013

Applications are now open for the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme, funded by the Australian Government and designed to offset some of the additional costs borne by medical students from rural, regional or remote Australia.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 13 January 2014.

Successful applicants will receive un-bonded scholarships worth $10,... read more


Release Date: 25 October 2013

The National Rural Health Alliance has this week admitted two new organisations to membership. They are Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME). This brings the number of national organisations in the Alliance to 36.

The IAHA is the national peak body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health... read more