Media Releases

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


Release Date: 24 January 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance welcomes the expansion of Multipurpose Services aged care funding, announced this morning by the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP.

David Butt, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance commented that “Multipurpose Services (MPSs) are central to the provision of health and aged care services in... read more


Release Date: 18 January 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance extends a warm welcome to the incoming Health Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.  The Alliance is excited that the Member for Flinders will bring to the portfolio an understanding of the current issues relating to rural health in his own rural electorate.

The Alliance is also pleased to congratulate the Hon Ken Wyatt MP on his promotion to the... read more


Release Date: 15 January 2017

Tropical Cairns is set to host the National Rural Health Conference, the peak event of its kind in the country, between April 26 and 29 this year, and discounted early registrations will close at the end of January.

This is the 14th time this unique biennial conference has been staged, and up to 1,200 participants from across Australia, and internationally, are expected to attend. This... read more