Media Releases

Release Date: 08 July 2013

This week (7-14 July), NAIDOC Week, is a chance for the nation to celebrate some of the achievements of Indigenous people and to increase awareness of the discrepancy between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

Around seventy per cent of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live outside the major cities in large regional... read more


Release Date: 01 July 2013

Today is an important day in Australian history - particularly for people living with a disability.

And assuming that rural people continue to be properly consulted about DisabilityCare Australia, and that it becomes sensitive to their special needs and circumstances, it will be a welcome new beginning for people with a disability in rural and remote areas.

Years of hard work and... read more


Release Date: 28 June 2013

The people of rural and regional Australia are losing two strong advocates for their cause with the retirement from politics of Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.

Thrust into a position of great national responsibility, these regional independents have played key roles in the effectiveness and industry of the 43rd Parliament and, in particular, in delivering some valuable national focus on... read more


Release Date: 21 June 2013

2013 has become a memorable year for the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH). As well as celebrating its 21st year of publication, the AJRH has just achieved a Thomson ISI Impact Factor of 1.545.

This is a significant increase from its previous ranking of 1.00.

The AJRH publishes original, peer-reviewed research articles with a focus on rural and remote health and in... read more


Release Date: 29 May 2013

One in three Australians is at increased risk of developing kidney disease and one in nine adults has some sign of kidney disease. It kills more people than breast or prostate cancer and more than twice as many as die on our roads every year. And its incidence is rising.

People living in remote and very remote areas of Australia have much higher rates of end-stage kidney disease than... read more


Release Date: 21 May 2013

A report has been published this week on some of the key issues that will enable Medicare Locals to deal with the particular challenges they face in rural and remote areas.

The report is from a Rural Policy Forum held on 7 April in conjunction with the 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide. The Forum was jointly managed by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association... read more


Release Date: 20 May 2013

Palliative Care ensures that people are comfortable and, as far as possible, pain-free towards the end of their life. None of us knows when our end will be – or that of those we love. Life is unpredictable and Palliative Care Week (19-25 May) is a time to reflect on this.

Australia has a good reputation for high quality end-of-life care. But that high quality tends to be concentrated... read more


Release Date: 17 May 2013

‘Thanks a million’ is the theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week, 13-19 May. More than six million Australians volunteer, contributing to their communities in myriad ways. A substantial proportion of that number is volunteering in rural and remote communities.

Rural populations have higher rates of ageing and ill health, and many families in rural and remote areas face the... read more


Release Date: 14 May 2013

Tonight's Budget has kept faith with four major initiatives which, over time, will help transform Australian society and contribute to good health, including in rural and remote areas. As expected, there are some significant new investments in cancer care and treatment, but little else to excite those in the health sector. And disappointingly, no improvements yet to rural health workforce... read more


Release Date: 12 May 2013

National purse strings may be tight but people in rural and remote areas are holding out for things they have been promised that they trust they will not lose, and for some modest new spending to improve access and equity for rural people.

Non-negotiable promises include funding according to need for rural schools as part of the Gonski reforms; funding for DisabilityCare Australia;... read more