Media Releases

Release Date: 20 April 2017

The Australian Government’s abolition of 457 visas could have adverse effects on the supply of health services in rural areas, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) said today.

‘While we fully support education and training strategies to build a strong health workforce within Australia, it’s a fact that it is still a... read more

Release Date: 20 April 2017

Almost 1,100 people passionate about rural and remote health in Australia are ready to participate in the most important event of its kind in the country, the 14th National Rural Health Conference, when it gets underway in Cairns next week.

Key representatives from the rural health sector in Australia, including health professionals, cultural identities, health service managers and... read more

Release Date: 19 April 2017


Enhanced access to psychological services for rural people has been welcomed today by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra today, Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash said the 2017-2018 budget would include a new Medicare... read more

Release Date: 18 April 2017

Banning 457 visas will have an immediate and potentially significant impact on the recruitment of health professionals in rural and remote Australia.

Despite the increase in the number of health professionals graduating from Australian universities, recruiting professionals to work in rural and remote Australia is still difficult. 

“I would love to be in the situation where... read more

Release Date: 09 April 2017

Reverend Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia, will use the platform of Australia’s most eminent rural health event to discuss how World Vision’s experience overseas and at home can be applied to help the disadvantaged in rural Australia.

Tim will bring his vast national and international experience as one of many prominent keynote speakers set to address the 14th... read more

Release Date: 07 April 2017

It is the most significant rural health event of its kind in the country and one of the key outcomes of the 14th National Rural Health Conference, in Cairns from April 26 to 29, is for delegates to produce a set of priority recommendations using a unique and innovative online platform, the Sharing Shed.

The Sharing Shed is a user-friendly, online portal that allows... read more

Release Date: 06 April 2017

The 14th National Rural Health Conference kicks off in Cairns in three weeks and there’s still time to be a part of the most important event of its kind in the country.

Over four days from April 26 to 29, industry leaders, cultural identities, health service providers, students, carers and those generally interested in the sector will come together to engage, interact and ultimately... read more

Release Date: 03 April 2017

The seven million people living in regional, rural and remote Australia need a national strategy and implementation plan to bridge the divide between their health and wellbeing, and that of people in metropolitan areas.

 “For too long, Australia has been without an overarching strategy and implementation plan which is dedicated to bridging the health divide between the city and the... read more

Release Date: 30 March 2017

Senior Australian of the Year for 2017, Sister Anne Gardiner AM, will make the journey from her home on Bathurst Island off Darwin to kick off Australia’s celebrated National Rural Health Conference in Cairns next month.

Sister Anne has shared first-hand the many challenges and opportunities both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people face living in remote communities.

“After... read more

Release Date: 26 March 2017

It's the most important event of its kind in Australia and there's only a month to go before the 14th National Rural Health Conference kicks off in Cairns.

The Conference is regarded as the pre-eminent event that brings together people from across the rural and remote health sector – consumers, practitioners, managers, policy makers, academics, carers, researchers and students.

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