Media Releases

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


Release Date: 21 October 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance is beyond delighted to welcome Royal Far West as its newest Member Body.

Based in Manly NSW, Royal Far West is a national organisation whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people who live in rural and remote communities. Their goal is to advocate for all country children with health and developmental needs, and to... read more


Release Date: 20 October 2016

Malnutrition, obesity and nutritional risk were identified in 44% of paediatric admissions to a sample of tertiary paediatric and regional hospitals during a one-day snap shot of Australian paediatric admissions in 2015.

In 1995, it was estimated that about 20% of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory suffered from malnutrition.  Without more robust data, it is... read more


Release Date: 19 October 2016

More than 1 million people cannot afford to eat a healthy diet either occasionally, or regularly in Australia today.  Not having consistent, reliable access to healthy, affordable food is called food insecurity and it can have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing.

The report Food Security and... read more


Release Date: 22 September 2016

Are people living in rural and remote Australia more likely to be hospitalised for mental health conditions than their city counterparts?

The report, Healthy Communities:  Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-2014, recently released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare gives some insight into this issue.

The... read more


Release Date: 11 September 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance Chair, Geri Malone, is delighted to announce that David Butt is to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer in October 2016.

“David Butt is an outstanding choice to become the NRHA’s CEO. He is an experienced, effective and capable senior executive with a demonstrated commitment to rural and remote health issues”, Ms Malone said.

David is... read more


Release Date: 09 September 2016

Rural and remote health was top of the agenda for more than 100 experts gathered for the 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium this week.

The Hon Dr David Gillespie, Assistant Minister for Rural Health, opened proceedings by reminding those present of the crucial role rural and remote research plays in informing new and innovative approaches... read more


Release Date: 26 August 2016

The 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in Canberra on 6/7 September 2016 will bring together a broad range of rural and remote health researchers, national data agencies and policy makers to discuss current and future directions for rural and remote health research in Australia.

Dr Kim Webber, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance said “The Symposium is very grateful... read more


Release Date: 25 August 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance is pleased to see that half of the Health Care Homes trial regions announced yesterday by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Health Minister Sussan Ley include rural and remote areas.

Health Care Homes offers a better approach to integrated primary health care for patients with chronic diseases and complex conditions.  The... read more


Release Date: 04 August 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance is pleased to welcome The University of Wollongong's School of Medicine as a sponsor of the 5th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium.

The Symposium is a biennial opportunity for researchers, health service managers and policy makers to discuss the current status of rural and remote health research and is being held in Canberra on 6/7... read more