Media Releases

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

Release Date: 20 April 2017

Almost 1,100 people passionate about rural and remote health in Australia are ready to participate in the most important event of its kind in the country, the 14th National Rural Health Conference, when it gets underway in Cairns next week.

Key representatives from the rural health sector in Australia, including health professionals, cultural identities, health service managers and... read more

Release Date: 19 April 2017


Enhanced access to psychological services for rural people has been welcomed today by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra today, Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash said the 2017-2018 budget would include a new Medicare... read more

Release Date: 18 April 2017

Banning 457 visas will have an immediate and potentially significant impact on the recruitment of health professionals in rural and remote Australia.

Despite the increase in the number of health professionals graduating from Australian universities, recruiting professionals to work in rural and remote Australia is still difficult. 

“I would love to be in the situation where... read more

Release Date: 09 April 2017

Reverend Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia, will use the platform of Australia’s most eminent rural health event to discuss how World Vision’s experience overseas and at home can be applied to help the disadvantaged in rural Australia.

Tim will bring his vast national and international experience as one of many prominent keynote speakers set to address the 14th... read more

Release Date: 07 April 2017

It is the most significant rural health event of its kind in the country and one of the key outcomes of the 14th National Rural Health Conference, in Cairns from April 26 to 29, is for delegates to produce a set of priority recommendations using a unique and innovative online platform, the Sharing Shed.

The Sharing Shed is a user-friendly, online portal that allows... read more