Media Releases

Release Date: 01 October 2013

Pain is something most of us prefer not to think about. But with one in five Australians living with chronic pain, there is a significant chance that it will creep up on us sooner or later. For people over the age of 65 the prevalence of chronic pain rises to one in three.

People in rural and remote areas are 23 per cent more likely to have back pain. This rises to 30 per cent more... read more


Release Date: 27 September 2013

Tamworth, NSW, is the venue for a special meeting on Monday 14 October to launch a joint NRHA/Australian Council of Social Service report on poverty in rural and remote areas.

It is time to face the facts on the existence of poverty in rural and remote areas and the toxic impact on people living there. In 2010, and allowing for the costs of housing, the level of poverty in Australia... read more


Release Date: 17 September 2013

Prime Minister-Elect Tony Abbott has today confirmed the experienced team his Ministry will have in health and social services, two of the key areas influencing the wellbeing of people in rural and remote areas.

Peter Dutton, as Minister for Health, will provide the continuity and experience Tony Abbott has promised in the portfolio. With Senator Fiona Nash as Assistant Minister for... read more


Release Date: 10 September 2013

A recent report shows that, when measured in dollars, Australia's collective wellbeing increased by some $250 billion a year in the last three years. However, two chronic health problems - mental illness and obesity - are damaging the wellbeing of our people, particularly in rural and remote areas.

Improving mental health services and combating obesity should therefore be near the top... read more


Release Date: 10 September 2013

The National Rural Health Alliance has a Fact Sheet, prepared jointly with Suicide Prevention Australia, on suicide in rural Australia.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we didn't need one!

How might that be possible?

It will take remedial action on many fronts. Family and community support. Good education for useful work and for health literacy. Infrastructure for recreation,... read more


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