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Why we need a new rural and remote health strategy

The National Rural Health Alliance has been leading advocacy to the Government that it is time to develop a new Rural and Remote Health Strategy, together with a fully funded Implementation Plan.  In developing its thoughts on the need for a new Strategy and its contents, the Alliance is developing a series of discussion papers, with the first now available – considering the reasons why we need a new Strategy and what has been achieved under the 2011-12 Strategy.

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The Alliance has updated its social determinants of health page. Access to work and career, control over one’s environment, income, education, security, happiness and respect all have strong tangible effects on peoples’ health, and also influence many risk factors like smoking and overweight. The updated pages discuss the contribution of these social determinants to the health of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia, with links to key documents and data.
View the priority recoomendations
One of the strengths of the biennial National Rural Health Conference is its capacity to generate recommendations for action to improve policies and programs for rural and remote health. The recommendations play a key part in setting the rural and remote health sector's agenda for subsequent years.  View the final priority recommendations as presented to the Assistant Minister for Health on the final day.
Save the date:  11-12 April 2018 - 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium
Registration will soon open for the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium to be held in Canberra, 11-12 April 2018.   The Symposium will focus on rural and remote health research that informs strategic health policy and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia, and will provide an opportunity to share and develop research that seeks to understand and deliver innovative change through building evidence that has the potential to transform health outcomes and service delivery.
representatives of the National Rural Health Alliance and Palliative Care Australia
Palliative Care Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance have a shared commitment to supporting the seven million people living in rural and remote Australia, many of whom are not well served by support services and networks in palliative care. In Canberra this week, representatives of both organisations joined special guests at Parliament House to highlight issues surrounding palliative care in rural and remote Australia.

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