Media Releases

Release Date: 20 January 2014

With the closure of the Rural Health Education Foundation (the Foundation), health practitioners and consumers in remote areas will no longer have their regular stream of up-to-date information available via the Rural Health TV Channel. Unless some other agency takes the Foundation’s place, Channel 600 on the free-to-view Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) network will no longer be... read more


Release Date: 14 January 2014

Over 770 applications - a record number for one year - have been received for the 2014 round of the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme.

RAMUS is a Commonwealth Government program to help provide doctors for rural and remote areas by offsetting some of the additional costs incurred by medical students who come from country areas. It is managed for the... read more


Release Date: 13 January 2014

This week's Closing the Gap report from the Prime Minister shows that, like so many other social and health challenges in Australia, things are tougher for people in remote areas. It strengthens the case for a specific focus on more remote areas in work relating to access to fundamental services like education and health.
The National Rural Health Alliance is encouraged that, in... read more


Release Date: 13 January 2014

The National Rural Health Alliance has published a Discussion Paper about the relatively poor access to medicines and pharmaceutical advice available to people in rural and remote areas.

Tim Kelly, Chairperson of the Alliance, described the situation as an important healthcare deficit which has received insufficient attention - but one that could be resolved with some simple and low-... read more


Release Date: 19 December 2013

As Christmas approaches, there is one gift that would mean so much to the 6.7 million people who live in rural, regional and remote Australia.

That is better access to health care. This requires a sustainable workforce, including doctors, nurses, oral health workers, managers and allied health professionals.

To assist in making this Christmas wish come true, the National Rural... read more


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