Media Releases

Release Date: 03 September 2013

In his address yesterday to the National Press Club Tony Abbott promised that, should the Coalition be elected, there would be "a new focus on regional Australia with close to 50 per cent of the Cabinet living outside of metropolitan areas".

Hopefully it is not too late for some of those senior Coalition politicians who live outside metropolitan areas to speak up about the need for... read more


Release Date: 31 August 2013

The one in three Australians who live and work in rural and remote Australia must be wondering what a Coalition Government, if elected next week, has in store for rural and remote health.

The Coalition's Policy to Support Australia's Health System has been welcomed by the NRHA as including proposals that "would fill some rural gaps". Specifically, country people will welcome... read more


Release Date: 31 August 2013

The Lord Mayors of Australia’s capital cities have today put out a Media Release titled Get it right for the cities and you’ll get it right for the nation.

On behalf of the 7 million who live outside the major cities - the 32 per cent (ie one in three Australians) - the NRHA wants to comment.

"Nonsense!"


Release Date: 29 August 2013

The Government has this week responded positively to the health issues raised by the NRHA on behalf of the people of rural and remote areas. The Coalition is yet to respond to the Alliance.

Lesley Barclay, NRHA Chair, said today how pleased country people will be to know that the ALP has committed to all 35 of the specific requests in the NRHA's Election Scorecard.

"We identified... read more


Release Date: 26 August 2013

Valued at a modest $340 million over four years, implementation of the Coalition's health policy, launched this week, would nevertheless fill some current gaps in services for people in rural and remote Australia.

Lesley Barclay, Chairperson of the NRHA, described the Coalition's proposal for funding for additional GP consultation rooms for supervising registrars and medical students in... read more


Release Date: 17 August 2013

In both their rural health policy document and the contribution made this week by Richard Di Natale at the National Rural Health Alliance's Scorecard launch in Canberra, the Greens have amply demonstrated their support for better health and better health services for people who live in rural and remote areas.

The broad support shown by the Greens is represented graphically on the... read more


Release Date: 16 August 2013

The first episode of the new season of the ABC TV's Gruen Nation saw two-thirds of Australia's rural people inexplicably unaccounted for.

Otherwise accurate in absolutely every respect, the show saw urbane host Will Anderson - a proud country boy - suggesting that regional Australia accounts for 11 per cent of the population.

In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of... read more


Release Date: 15 August 2013

Today's launch of the National Rural Health Alliance's Election Scorecard saw commitments from the major parties to provide answers to the questions posed - and advice from Tony Windsor for country advocates to keep calling for reasonable but specific consideration by government.

Representing Minister Plibersek, Andrew Leigh summarised some of the Government's current programs relating... read more


Release Date: 14 August 2013

Tony Windsor, former Independent member for New England, will be reflecting in Canberra this Wednesday on how the next Federal Government can improve the health and wellbeing of people in rural, regional and remote areas.

Mr Windsor is the special guest speaker at the launch of the NRHA's Election Scorecard in Old Parliament House. He has committed himself throughout his parliamentary... read more


Release Date: 13 August 2013

A group of eight key health organisations has today called on the Coalition to match or improve upon the Labor Party's commitment to children’s dental services under Medicare and increased funding for public dental services for adults. Whoever wins government, the money allocated to the Grow Up Smiling (GUS) program and to better services for the 30% of adults with the lowest incomes must be... read more