The Alliance’s annual CouncilFest meeting was held in Canberra 21-23 November 2016.
This saw representatives from the Alliance’s 39 Member organisations agree on five key priorities for improved health of the 7 million people in rural and remote Australia; the NRHA’s first National Press Club Address; and meetings with a range of politicians in Parliament House. It was also the first opportunity for new CEO of the Alliance, David Butt, to meet face-to-face with Council since taking on the role in late October.
The five key priorities for rural health include unlocking the economic and social value of rural and remote people; introducing incentives to support the rural health workforce; improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; supporting the rural Primary Health Networks; as well as building on The First 1,000 Days project.
The National Press Club Address speakers, Geri Malone (NRHA), Janine Mohamed (CATSINaM) and Martin Laverty (RFDS), highlighted areas of great need and called for Government and the not-yet-appointed Rural Health Commissioner to ‘end acceptance, complacency on health disparities between city and bush’.