Media Releases

Release Date: 08 March 2017

Medal-winning Olympian and breast cancer survivor Raelene Boyle AM MBE will headline the pre-Conference events that will kick-start the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns this April.

As an ambassador and founding board member of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), the peak national organisation for women and men personally affected by breast cancer, Raelene will speak... read more


Release Date: 07 March 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance is inviting those passionate about improving the health and well-being of the seven million people living in rural and remote Australia to become a Friend and help the Alliance to strengthen and promote its critical work.

The Alliance is the peak non-government body for rural and remote health in Australia, and ‘Friends of the Alliance’ is a... read more


Release Date: 17 February 2017

Many of the issues raised in the ninth annual Closing the Gap report released this week will be considered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders at the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns from April 26 to 29.

“The Prime Minister specifically spoke of the need for better engagement and consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities if real... read more


Release Date: 14 February 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body in rural and remote health throughout Australia, agrees with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s summation of the ninth Closing the Gap report that there is a critical need for more community-driven outcomes.

According to NRHA CEO, David Butt, while progress has been seen in some areas, the rates of infant mortality were no longer on... read more


Release Date: 12 February 2017

One of the country's leading former political and international reporters, Catherine McGrath, will act as MC for the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns from April 26 to 29.

The organising body, the National Rural Health Alliance, has warmly welcomed Catherine to the role for the biennial Conference, the most significant rural health event in ... read more


Release Date: 08 February 2017

“Australia’s first Rural Health Commissioner has the potential to be the catalyst for transformational change for the 7 million people who live in rural and remote areas,” National Rural Health Alliance CEO, David Butt, said today.

Legislation to establish the Rural Health Commissioner as a statutory office holder is being introduced into parliament this week. 

The Rural... read more


Release Date: 07 February 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance today welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of four new suicide prevention trial sites in rural and remote Australia.

Alliance CEO, David Butt, said, “This focus on rural and remote Australia, where we know that suicide rates can be much higher than in the city, gives the opportunity for local communities to work together on developing... read more


Release Date: 03 February 2017

The 14th National Rural Health Conference, to be held in Cairns from April 26 to 29, is shaping up to be one of the most outstanding yet with a stellar line-up of keynote speakers and considerable diversity in addressing how best to improve the health of people living in rural and remote areas.

The official program, released this week, sees the inclusion of topics as broad-... read more


Release Date: 03 February 2017

The latest report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Cancer in Australia 2017 shows significant room for improvements in access and outcomes in rural and remote areas.

David Butt, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance, said today that while the report shows overall that the death rates for cancer in Australia continue to fall, this finding... read more


Release Date: 02 February 2017

Australia is indeed a sunburnt country with plenty of sweeping plains, but what's your view of the rural and remote areas of this wide brown land of ours?

In conjunction with the 14th National Rural Health Conference being held in Cairns from April 26 to 29, Friends of the Alliance is calling on you to “show and tell” your love for the rural life by submitting an entry (or two) in its... read more