Media Releases

Release Date: 18 April 2013

Six national health bodies have come together to promote the benefits of water fluoridation and to oppose the recent decision of Queensland and some other State Governments to permit Local Councils to decide whether or not to add fluoride to their water supplies. Tomorrow’s COAG meeting is an opportunity for the Commonwealth to make its view and intentions on the matter clear, and for... read more


Release Date: 15 April 2013

The Des Murray Scholarship is again supporting the attendance at the National Rural Health Conference of a small group of people who have already shown outstanding commitment to their local community and whose leadership in the future will help ensure a bright future for rural and remote communities.

For the 12th Conference in Adelaide there are three recipients: Phillip... read more


Release Date: 12 April 2013

The seventeen priority recommendations from the 12th National Rural Health Conference held this week in Adelaide cover many of the most important issues facing the rural and remote health sector. Advocates for the people of rural and remote Australia, including the NRHA, will consider all of the proposals and promote their adoption – especially in the lead-up to the September Election.

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Release Date: 10 April 2013

Resources for Rural and Remote Areas was the topic of one of yesterday’s plenary sessions at the 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide. The presentations can be streamed on-line today at the NRHA website.

Rob Oakeshott, Independent Member for Lyne, is well-known for his advocacy of Governments adopting place-based models of service delivery to give local... read more


Release Date: 10 April 2013

Delegates in Adelaide at the 12th National Rural Health Conference have reconfirmed the sector‟s commitment to a bright health future for rural and remote areas and some of the means by which it will be achieved.

Minister Plibersek gave the closing address to the Conference and was present to hear an overview of the priority recommendations agreed by delegates.

The seventeen... read more


Release Date: 09 April 2013

Karen West, a Kalkadoon elder from Mornington Island and Senior Aboriginal Health Worker and Team Leader there, last night received the Friends of the Alliance Unsung Hero award.

The Unsung Hero is awarded by the Friends of the National Rural Health Alliance to someone who has contributed in a major way to local issues, who has worked tirelessly for others, and whose contribution to... read more


Release Date: 09 April 2013

Delegates at the 12th National Rural Health Conference have been challenged by Tom Calma and Louise Sylvan to think about new ways of promoting good health in rural Australia.

Tom Calma, National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking, spoke about the importance of partnerships and knowledge in work to reduce smoking. People need to be empowered to have control in their... read more


Release Date: 08 April 2013

The 12th National Rural Health Conference got off to a powerful and poignant start last evening, led by the wonderful Tutti Community Choir. Uncle Lewis O’Brien and the Kuma Karro dancers welcomed delegates to Kaurna country, with Lewis explaining the symbolism of the gathering of gum leaves as a sign of the power of community togetherness – well reflected by the conference itself... read more


Release Date: 04 April 2013

This weekend will see over 1000 delegates from across Australia converge on Adelaide for the 12th National Rural Health Conference, the largest regular public event on the agenda of those interested in improving health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia.

For those unable to attend, there are a number of ways to stay connected and keep up to date with all the major developments... read more


Release Date: 03 April 2013

It is estimated that one in three Australian adults is at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease, and one in nine adults has some sign of kidney disease. People living in remote and very remote areas of Australia have much higher rates of end-stage kidney disease than their metropolitan counterparts, particularly in younger age groups. Data from the Australian and New Zealand... read more