Media Releases

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


Release Date: 27 April 2017

MEDIA ALERT**

The second day of the 14th National Rural Health Conference, currently underway in Cairns, will be live streamed on YouTube from 8.30am.

Day one kicked off with a bang yesterday and for media and those unable attend, there's still a chance to see some of what's taking place over the next three days as 1,100 delegates converge for the most... read more


Release Date: 26 April 2017

The doors of the Cairns Conference Centre were thrown open today to welcome the first of 1,100 delegates participating in the 14th National Rural Health Conference, being held over the next four days.

Celebrating 'A World of Rural Health', industry leaders, professionals in the sector, students, carers, and those generally interested in assisting improve the health and wellbeing of... read more


Release Date: 26 April 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance today welcomed the commitment of the Federal Opposition to the development of a dedicated National Rural Heath Strategy and Implementation Plan.

The commitment was made by Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King in the opening session of the 14th National Rural Health Conference, which started in Cairns today.

Alliance Chair, Geri Malone, said... read more


Release Date: 23 April 2017

Two extraordinary young people passionate about aged care and the LGBTIQ community in their respective regional hometowns are the 2017 recipients of the Des Murray Scholarship awarded by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

Shanae Eikelboom, 20, of Albany, WA, and Harper Dalton-Earls, 26, of Lismore, NSW, have received the honour for their commitment to and advocacy for their... read more