Tag Archives: National Rural Health Alliance

National Rural Health Alliance appoints new CEO

Australia’s peak body for rural, regional and remote health, the National Rural Health Alliance, has appointed rural clinician Dr Gabrielle O’Kane as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dr O’Kane, a dietitian, comes to the job with 35-plus years working in outback private and public practice in NSW and is also …

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A healthy plug for rural connectivity

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) has welcomed the major parties’ focus on rural, regional and remote connectivity for health’s sake, ahead of the federal election. The Coalition provided $220 million in the 2019-2020 budget including $160 million to fix mobile black spots, and $60 million for a new regional …

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Rural alcohol abuse an urgent issue

Rural and regional communities need an urgent boost in health and community services to address the increasing harm caused by overuse of alcohol and other harmful drugs, according to the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA). The release of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, ‘Alcohol and other …

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Prioritise rural mobile infrastructure

The federal government rollout of new mobile base stations in regional cities has been welcomed, but remote and rural communities should be prioritised, according to the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA). NRHA CEO Mark Diamond says this week’s announcement of new mobile base stations is good news for regional communities …

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Diabetes big in the bush

The National Rural Health Alliance this week highlighted the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report showing that people in regional and remote communities have higher rates of diabetes and related complications than those living in major cities, including both hospitalisations and deaths. The ‘Diabetes Indicators for the Australian National …

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Mental health focus on suicide and woman’s health

World Mental Health Day brings an increased focus on a number of significant health issues including increased suicide rates and women’s health. The National Rural Health Alliance welcomed the federal government’s announcement of a Productivity Commission inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and the best …

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Out-of-pocket pain: the $10,000 issue

A national survey by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia has found that out-of-pocket medical bills exceeding $10,000 have become commonplace for patients with breast cancer and certain chronic conditions. The ‘Out of Pocket Pain’ survey drew 1,200 responses, many from people shocked to learn that despite having health insurance …

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