Media Releases

Release Date: 08 May 2018

 

New funding to attract more doctors to country areas has been welcomed by the National Rural Health Alliance, Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health.

 

“We are pleased tonight’s Federal Budget allocates $550 million over 10 years to help fill the health workforce gaps that exist in so many parts of country Australia,” said Alliance CEO Mark Diamond... read more


Release Date: 11 April 2018

 

As 118 of Australia’s top rural health researchers gather in Canberra today for a major Symposium, a new report reveals just how short of funds they are.

Rural health research attracted just 1.1% of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding from 2000 to 2014.

“That’s despite a third of Australia... read more


Release Date: 05 April 2018

Out of pocket medical bills exceeding $10,000 have become common place for patients with breast cancer and certain chronic conditions, a national survey conducted by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia has found.

The Out of Pocket Pain survey drew 1,200 responses, many from people shocked to learn that despite having health insurance they still had to pay thousands of dollars out of... read more


Release Date: 26 March 2018

Joint statement from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, Public Health Association of Australia, Consumers Health Forum of Australia and National Rural Health Alliance

If we want Australia’s First Peoples to have the best possible healthcare, then all healthcare providers and professions have to seriously embrace the concept of cultural safety.

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Release Date: 23 March 2018

The 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium: Outback Infront is taking place in Canberra from 11-12 April 2018. With more than 200 of Australia’s leading rural and remote health researchers registered to attend, the Symposium is gearing up to be one of the largest and most significant in the National Rural Health Alliance’s long... read more


Release Date: 15 March 2018

On the occasion of National Close the Gap day, the National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – asserts that any new National Rural and Remote Health Strategy must place the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples at its core.

Given the fact that health outcomes are known to worsen with remoteness, and that 65% of... read more


Release Date: 13 March 2018

From 11-12 April 2018, Australia’s leading rural and remote health researchers will congregate in Canberra for the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium: Outback Infront.  

The Symposium will take stock of the many milestones that have taken place in the two decades that have passed since the establishment of the first University Department of Rural Health... read more


Release Date: 22 February 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – has welcomed an announcement from the recently convened Ministerial Advisory Committee on Out-of-Pocket Costs about its intention to improve transparency for consumers.

With bulk-billing services less common outside of major cities, Alliance CEO Mark Diamond explains that... read more


Release Date: 05 February 2018

Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health has today welcomed the proposal for a comprehensive Productivity Commission review of private health insurance, put forward by the Opposition yesterday, to improve the affordability of private health insurance for all Australian healthcare consumers.

The rising costs of insurance premiums, as well concerns over... read more


Release Date: 01 February 2018

Changes to the availability of codeine containing medicines come into effect today (1 February 2018).

President of the Rural Doctors Association Australia (RDAA), Dr Adam Coltzau, said that while the up-scheduling of codeine has been well publicised, some patients will remain surprised when they can no longer buy their preferred pain medication over the counter.

“I have no doubt... read more