Media Releases

Release Date: 07 June 2017

The new edition of the Health Atlas, released today by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, is sobering reading. If you live outside Australia’s major cities, there is a significant gradient of increasing hospitalisations – in some cases in excess of 15 times the rate in major cities.

“Seven million people live outside the major cities of Australia and we know... read more


Release Date: 03 June 2017

A long-term investment plan is needed to overcome the ongoing shortfall in access to mental health services in rural and remote Australia, David Butt, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, said today.

People living in remote and very remote communities in Australia access only a small portion of the mental health services available to their city cousins according to a new report... read more


Release Date: 30 May 2017

The divide between the health of people in rural and remote Australians and that of people in metropolitan areas is likely to widen if the faults identified in the roll-out of the National Broadband Network are not fixed.

“The NBN was initially meant to give all Australians access to high-speed broadband,” David Butt, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance, said... read more


Release Date: 15 May 2017

Access to high-speed broadband is vital for users and businesses based outside Australia’s major cities. With more and more business being done on the Net and Governments developing web based portals to access vital services such as aged care and disability care and reducing access to face to face services, reliance on high-speed broadband is essential.

A report in today’s The... read more


Release Date: 09 May 2017

Tonight’s Budget includes welcome investment in regional infrastructure which will boost economic growth and job opportunities for rural Australia, but lacks a longer term investment plan to bridge the divide in health outcomes between the city and the bush.

“We welcome initiatives in this budget which will ease the financial pressure on people in rural Australia, such as the staged... read more


Release Date: 30 April 2017

After four action-packed days, the 14th National Rural Health Conference with its theme of 'A World of Rural Health', has concluded with the delivery of the priority recommendations to emerge from the event to Assistant Minister for Health, David Gillespie.

Also part of the conclusion proceedings, Chief Advocate for World Vision Australia, Rev. Tim Costello addressed delegates on... read more


Release Date: 29 April 2017

In a first for the National Rural Health Alliance support body, “Friends of the NRHA”, a family rather than an individual has received the prestigious Unsung Hero Award at the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns.

The Chair of Friends, Robyn Williams, presented Mandy Pusmucans, her husband John Lawrence, and their daughter, Pantjiti Lawrence, from Maffra in Victoria with the... read more


Release Date: 29 April 2017

Reverend Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate of the country's largest aid and development agency, World Vision Australia, will address delegates on the final day of the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns.

"At this conference I want to explore how the successes and challenges we at World Vision have experienced over many years overseas and at home may be applied to help the... read more


Release Date: 28 April 2017

The improvement of indigenous health outcomes in rural and remote areas was the focus of many of the sessions and keynote presentations on Day 3 of the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns today.

Dr Mark Wenitong, Senior Medical Advisor with the Apunipima Cape York Council, spoke on health and cultural competence.

Addressing matters such as clinicians bringing their... read more


Release Date: 27 April 2017

After an action-packed opening day, the second for the 14th National Rural Health Conference, underway now at the Cairns Conference Centre, offered an equally engaging host of speakers and presentations.

Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, spoke on the economic and productivity gains to be made by reducing mental illness in rural and remote Australia; Deputy... read more