Media Releases

Release Date: 03 February 2017

The latest report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Cancer in Australia 2017 shows significant room for improvements in access and outcomes in rural and remote areas.

David Butt, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance, said today that while the report shows overall that the death rates for cancer in Australia continue to fall, this finding... read more


Release Date: 02 February 2017

Australia is indeed a sunburnt country with plenty of sweeping plains, but what's your view of the rural and remote areas of this wide brown land of ours?

In conjunction with the 14th National Rural Health Conference being held in Cairns from April 26 to 29, Friends of the Alliance is calling on you to “show and tell” your love for the rural life by submitting an entry (or two) in its... read more


Release Date: 24 January 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance welcomes the expansion of Multipurpose Services aged care funding, announced this morning by the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP.

David Butt, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance commented that “Multipurpose Services (MPSs) are central to the provision of health and aged care services in... read more


Release Date: 18 January 2017

The National Rural Health Alliance extends a warm welcome to the incoming Health Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.  The Alliance is excited that the Member for Flinders will bring to the portfolio an understanding of the current issues relating to rural health in his own rural electorate.

The Alliance is also pleased to congratulate the Hon Ken Wyatt MP on his promotion to the... read more


Release Date: 15 January 2017

Tropical Cairns is set to host the National Rural Health Conference, the peak event of its kind in the country, between April 26 and 29 this year, and discounted early registrations will close at the end of January.

This is the 14th time this unique biennial conference has been staged, and up to 1,200 participants from across Australia, and internationally, are expected to attend. This... read more


Release Date: 15 December 2016

“Access to medical services in the bush could worsen if proposed changes to the Practice Incentive Program (PIP) proceed,” National Rural Health Alliance CEO, David Butt, said today.

“Getting the right medical workforce into rural and remote Australia is... read more


Release Date: 08 December 2016

“Rural and remote Australia must be the priority areas for national and local action to tackle high rates of overweight, obesity and smoking,” National Rural Health Alliance CEO, David Butt, said today.

“Today’s Healthy Communities reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provide further... read more


Release Date: 08 December 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) has welcomed the recognition of the special challenges faced by rural and remote communities in the Productivity Commission Report on Human Services

“I am very pleased at the opportunity for public discussion on how human services, including... read more


Release Date: 24 November 2016

Over the three days of CouncilFest 2016, the Council of the National Rural Health Alliance has been meeting in Canberra. The Council met with Ministers and Members of Parliament, then with senior Departmental representatives and discussed the health of rural health in Australia.

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Release Date: 22 November 2016

Three rural and remote health leaders addressed the National Press Club today outlining the challenges and privileges of delivering health services in rural and remote Australia and to present the National Rural Health Alliance’s five key priorities.

“The Alliance has agreed on five key areas that we think represent the best investment in making a real difference in rural and remote... read more