Media Releases

Release Date: 17 October 2018

The viability of rural and remote communities depends on access to quality health services, which, in turn, relies on being able to attract a highly trained, sustainable health workforce.

The Australian Journal of Rural Health, in its trans-Tasman October issue1, reports on the 20-year record of success of the University Departments of Rural Health (UDRHs)... read more

Release Date: 12 October 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance today highlighted the startling figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report Diabetes Indicators for the Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020.

The report shows that people in regional and remote communities have much higher rates of diabetes and related complications compared to those living in major... read more

Release Date: 11 October 2018

Australia and New Zealand’s leading rural health organisations have joined forces to provide a broader focus for the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH).

The October 2018 issue of the AJRH marks the start of an ongoing collaboration between the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) in Australia and two New Zealand organisations: the NZ Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN), and... read more

Release Date: 11 October 2018

The mental health picture is stark.

A group of researchers, led by Associate Professor Russell Roberts (Charles Sturt University, Editor in Chief, AJRH) identify the increased risk of early death of people living with mental health issues in rural settings and look at the need for policy and practice responses.

The Australian Journal of Rural Health, in its October issue, reports... read more

Release Date: 14 September 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance, Australia’s umbrella rural health organisation whose 37 members deliver services to more than 7 million Australians, today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement it was taking further action to eradicate mobile phone and digital black spots across the country.

The Alliance strongly supported today’s announcement by the Minister for Regional... read more

Release Date: 11 September 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s umbrella rural health organisation – has called on the Federal Government to work with it to develop and implement “Phase 2” of a National Rural Health Strategy.

Alliance Chair, Tanya Lehmann, said the Alliance was best placed to provide expert advice across the rural health sector in the development of the new rural health strategy, as... read more

Release Date: 28 August 2018

The Ministerial line-up announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a glaring omission.

At a time when great swathes of rural and remote Australia are experiencing the impact of devastating drought conditions, including significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of our communities, the key portfolio of Rural Health is nowhere in sight.

The new Morrison Ministry does not... read more

Release Date: 15 August 2018

The National Rural Health Alliance has announced the last call for abstracts to be submitted to the 15th National Rural Health Conference to be held in Hobart in March next year.

“We have decided to extend the period to Friday, 31 August 2018 to allow sufficient time for as many contributions as possible to be received”, Alliance CEO, Mark Diamond, said.

The National Rural Health... read more

Release Date: 10 August 2018

Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health celebrates its 25th birthday tomorrow.

For quarter of a century the National Rural Health Alliance has championed better health outcomes for country people, and has spearheaded fundamental reform in the sector.

“It’s managed to unify the voices of the rural and remote health sector,” said Tanya Lehmann Alliance Chair.... read more

Release Date: 01 August 2018


The National Rural Health Alliance welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to strengthen the privacy provisions of My Health Record – Australia’s online health summary system.

Alliance CEO Mark Diamond says last night’s announcement to amend My Health Record legislation addresses growing concerns about who can access information contained in a person’s online health... read more