Media Releases

Release Date: 29 April 2017

In a first for the National Rural Health Alliance support body, “Friends of the NRHA”, a family rather than an individual has received the prestigious Unsung Hero Award at the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns.

The Chair of Friends, Robyn Williams, presented Mandy Pusmucans, her husband John Lawrence, and their daughter, Pantjiti Lawrence, from Maffra in Victoria with the... read more


Release Date: 29 April 2017

Reverend Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate of the country's largest aid and development agency, World Vision Australia, will address delegates on the final day of the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns.

"At this conference I want to explore how the successes and challenges we at World Vision have experienced over many years overseas and at home may be applied to help the... read more


Release Date: 28 April 2017

The improvement of indigenous health outcomes in rural and remote areas was the focus of many of the sessions and keynote presentations on Day 3 of the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns today.

Dr Mark Wenitong, Senior Medical Advisor with the Apunipima Cape York Council, spoke on health and cultural competence.

Addressing matters such as clinicians bringing their... read more


Release Date: 27 April 2017

After an action-packed opening day, the second for the 14th National Rural Health Conference, underway now at the Cairns Conference Centre, offered an equally engaging host of speakers and presentations.

Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, spoke on the economic and productivity gains to be made by reducing mental illness in rural and remote Australia; Deputy... read more


Release Date: 27 April 2017

MEDIA ALERT**

The second day of the 14th National Rural Health Conference, currently underway in Cairns, will be live streamed on YouTube from 8.30am.

Day one kicked off with a bang yesterday and for media and those unable attend, there's still a chance to see some of what's taking place over the next three days as 1,100 delegates converge for the most... read more


Release Date: 26 April 2017

The doors of the Cairns Conference Centre were thrown open today to welcome the first of 1,100 delegates participating in the 14th National Rural Health Conference, being held over the next four days.

Celebrating 'A World of Rural Health', industry leaders, professionals in the sector, students, carers, and those generally interested in assisting improve the health and wellbeing of... read more


Release Date: 26 April 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance today welcomed the commitment of the Federal Opposition to the development of a dedicated National Rural Heath Strategy and Implementation Plan.

The commitment was made by Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King in the opening session of the 14th National Rural Health Conference, which started in Cairns today.

Alliance Chair, Geri Malone, said... read more


Release Date: 23 April 2017

Two extraordinary young people passionate about aged care and the LGBTIQ community in their respective regional hometowns are the 2017 recipients of the Des Murray Scholarship awarded by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

Shanae Eikelboom, 20, of Albany, WA, and Harper Dalton-Earls, 26, of Lismore, NSW, have received the honour for their commitment to and advocacy for their... read more


Release Date: 21 April 2017

People who identify as LGBTI in Australia often face health and sexual pressures beyond that experienced more broadly in the community and research indicates they are also at greater risk of suicide.

Jill Davidson, CEO of the state-based sexual and reproductive health agency, SHINE SA, will speak on this critical topic at the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns next week.... read more


Release Date: 20 April 2017

The Australian Government’s abolition of 457 visas could have adverse effects on the supply of health services in rural areas, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) said today.

‘While we fully support education and training strategies to build a strong health workforce within Australia, it’s a fact that it is still a... read more