Media Releases

Release Date: 08 May 2013

In Heart Week (5-11 May), why not send a message to someone you know who lives in a rural or remote area to ask how they’re doing and whether they are managing to clock up half an hour of walking each day?

Evidence tells us that walking for at least 30 minutes a day can cut your heart disease risk by 50 per cent.

People in rural communities are three times more likely to suffer... read more


Release Date: 03 May 2013

Those who attended this week's Roundtable on the rural and remote challenges facing DisabilityCare Australia (formerly NDIS) will welcome the decision to secure the scheme through an addition to the Medicare levy.

There is support for the new scheme but not, as yet, generalised understanding of how it will work. The information and communication challenges relating to DisabilityCare... read more


Release Date: 26 April 2013

Aboriginal people are affected by blindness six times more than other Australians. This is despite the fact that the majority of eye conditions can be treated if a person’s eyes are examined in time. There was a special Colloquium on this critical issue at the 12th National Rural Health Conference.

And now the latest issue of Australian Journal of Rural Health, available to... read more


Release Date: 24 April 2013

Social media has great potential for breaking down some of the isolation of health care professionals working in rural and remote areas. But while many of these professionals can see the benefits of using emerging technologies, uptake has been generally slow, with concerns about privacy, lack of time and no quality control cited as reasons for their reluctance.

These are the intriguing... read more


Release Date: 18 April 2013

Six national health bodies have come together to promote the benefits of water fluoridation and to oppose the recent decision of Queensland and some other State Governments to permit Local Councils to decide whether or not to add fluoride to their water supplies. Tomorrow’s COAG meeting is an opportunity for the Commonwealth to make its view and intentions on the matter clear, and for... read more


Release Date: 15 April 2013

The Des Murray Scholarship is again supporting the attendance at the National Rural Health Conference of a small group of people who have already shown outstanding commitment to their local community and whose leadership in the future will help ensure a bright future for rural and remote communities.

For the 12th Conference in Adelaide there are three recipients: Phillip... read more


Release Date: 12 April 2013

The seventeen priority recommendations from the 12th National Rural Health Conference held this week in Adelaide cover many of the most important issues facing the rural and remote health sector. Advocates for the people of rural and remote Australia, including the NRHA, will consider all of the proposals and promote their adoption – especially in the lead-up to the September Election.

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Release Date: 10 April 2013

Resources for Rural and Remote Areas was the topic of one of yesterday’s plenary sessions at the 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide. The presentations can be streamed on-line today at the NRHA website.

Rob Oakeshott, Independent Member for Lyne, is well-known for his advocacy of Governments adopting place-based models of service delivery to give local... read more


Release Date: 10 April 2013

Delegates in Adelaide at the 12th National Rural Health Conference have reconfirmed the sector‟s commitment to a bright health future for rural and remote areas and some of the means by which it will be achieved.

Minister Plibersek gave the closing address to the Conference and was present to hear an overview of the priority recommendations agreed by delegates.

The seventeen... read more


Release Date: 09 April 2013

Karen West, a Kalkadoon elder from Mornington Island and Senior Aboriginal Health Worker and Team Leader there, last night received the Friends of the Alliance Unsung Hero award.

The Unsung Hero is awarded by the Friends of the National Rural Health Alliance to someone who has contributed in a major way to local issues, who has worked tirelessly for others, and whose contribution to... read more