Media Releases

Release Date: 16 August 2013

The first episode of the new season of the ABC TV's Gruen Nation saw two-thirds of Australia's rural people inexplicably unaccounted for.

Otherwise accurate in absolutely every respect, the show saw urbane host Will Anderson - a proud country boy - suggesting that regional Australia accounts for 11 per cent of the population.

In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of... read more


Release Date: 15 August 2013

Today's launch of the National Rural Health Alliance's Election Scorecard saw commitments from the major parties to provide answers to the questions posed - and advice from Tony Windsor for country advocates to keep calling for reasonable but specific consideration by government.

Representing Minister Plibersek, Andrew Leigh summarised some of the Government's current programs relating... read more


Release Date: 14 August 2013

Tony Windsor, former Independent member for New England, will be reflecting in Canberra this Wednesday on how the next Federal Government can improve the health and wellbeing of people in rural, regional and remote areas.

Mr Windsor is the special guest speaker at the launch of the NRHA's Election Scorecard in Old Parliament House. He has committed himself throughout his parliamentary... read more


Release Date: 13 August 2013

A group of eight key health organisations has today called on the Coalition to match or improve upon the Labor Party's commitment to children’s dental services under Medicare and increased funding for public dental services for adults. Whoever wins government, the money allocated to the Grow Up Smiling (GUS) program and to better services for the 30% of adults with the lowest incomes must be... read more


Release Date: 12 August 2013

The Alliance will be launching its Election Charter and Scorecard at a special event in Old Parliament House on Wednesday 14 August. The program is now available.

Special guest, Tony Windsor, who has committed himself throughout his parliamentary career to the wellbeing of country people, will provide an experienced perspective on Healthy rural and regional communities.

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Release Date: 09 August 2013

The proportion of Australians aged 60 and over is rising, and there is a projected tripling of those with dementia by 2050. It is commonly known that dementia is characterised by impaired memory but less well known is the fact that those with dementia are acutely sensitive to the social and built environment. Therefore, not surprisingly, dementia patients find hospitals, with their many... read more


Release Date: 07 August 2013

Tony Windsor, former Independent MP for New England, will be the Alliance's special guest at the launch on Wednesday 14 August of the Alliance's 2013 Election Charter and Scorecard.

Shining a Light on Rural and Remote Health features seven domains in which government can commit to action which will improve the health of people in rural and remote areas to something closer to what is... read more


Release Date: 06 August 2013

Round 5 opens - Thursday 8th August 2013

The online application process for Round 5 of the Rural Health Continuing Education Stream 2 Program (RHCE2) will be open from 8 August to 10 October 2013.

RHCE2 is one of a number of Australian Government measures to help health professionals in rural and remote Australia access cost-effective... read more


Release Date: 06 August 2013

The oral health of people in rural and remote Australia is worse than that of urban people, with about half the level of access to dentists as in the cities. The annual rural underspend on primary care of more than $2 billion is partly due to poor access to dentists. Untreated dental problems reduce people’s ability to eat nutritious food, socialise with confidence and gain education and... read more


Release Date: 06 August 2013

Who: Tony Windsor, former Independent MP
When: Wednesday 14 August 2013
Where: Old Parliament House Private Dining Room 1
What: Launch of the National Rural Health Alliance Election Charter.

Background: Tony Windsor is the special guest speaker at the Alliance’s election charter launch. Alliance Chairperson, Dr Lesley Barclay will... read more