Media Releases

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

Release Date: 15 December 2016

“Access to medical services in the bush could worsen if proposed changes to the Practice Incentive Program (PIP) proceed,” National Rural Health Alliance CEO, David Butt, said today.

“Getting the right medical workforce into rural and remote Australia is... read more

Release Date: 08 December 2016

“Rural and remote Australia must be the priority areas for national and local action to tackle high rates of overweight, obesity and smoking,” National Rural Health Alliance CEO, David Butt, said today.

“Today’s Healthy Communities reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provide further... read more

Release Date: 08 December 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) has welcomed the recognition of the special challenges faced by rural and remote communities in the Productivity Commission Report on Human Services

“I am very pleased at the opportunity for public discussion on how human services, including... read more

Release Date: 24 November 2016

Over the three days of CouncilFest 2016, the Council of the National Rural Health Alliance has been meeting in Canberra. The Council met with Ministers and Members of Parliament, then with senior Departmental representatives and discussed the health of rural health in Australia.

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Release Date: 22 November 2016

Three rural and remote health leaders addressed the National Press Club today outlining the challenges and privileges of delivering health services in rural and remote Australia and to present the National Rural Health Alliance’s five key priorities.

“The Alliance has agreed on five key areas that we think represent the best investment in making a real difference in rural and remote... read more

Release Date: 21 November 2016

Event:          National Press Club Address and launch of NRHA key priorities


Purpose:      This National Press Club Address will outline key reform priorities in rural and remote health, including the need for greater fairness for the 7... read more

Release Date: 20 November 2016

A Fairer Go for the 7 million people living in rural and remote Australia needs to start with recognition that current funding models and programs are not working to fix the disparities that exist in rural and remote Australia,” Geri Malone, Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), said today.

Speaking in the lead-up to an important national address on ‘Fixing rural... read more

Release Date: 07 November 2016

When you can’t afford to eat a healthy diet, you eat what you can afford.  Not having ongoing access to a healthy diet makes you food insecure.

David Butt, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, welcomed the release of the AMA Statement on Obesity today and agreed that addressing obesity is a major public health issue.

The Alliance recently authored a major report on... read more