Supporting rural health & medical research for a stronger and healthier rural Australia
Media & advocacy
What is the Spinifex Network?
The Rural Health and Medical Research Network – the Spinifex Network – is a consortium and coalition of more than 50 rural and regional health organisations that have joined forces to address the paucity of funding for rural medical research.
Purpose & Activity
What we do and why
Thirty per cent of Australians live in rural, regional & remote Australia, but have substantially poorer physical & mental health than those in cities. People living in rural, regional & remote locations deserve better health.
Spinifex will address these inequities through a range of activities, including lobbying for dedicated funding for rural health & medical research; connecting rural health researchers; and participating in national discussions about issues that concern our communities.
People living in rural, regional and remote locations deserve better health.
We will be rigorous, and use creative and non-traditional research approaches to improve health outcomes for these Australians.
Our strength is in our rural roots, our will to collaborate and make change happen.
Spinifex, where it grows in the desert and near the coast, is a symbol of resilience. It can withstand storms, winds and king tides. It has deep roots, it resists drought and stabilises the earth.
– a collective statement of purpose and intent for the Spinifex Network, endorsed by participants at the Spinifex Symposium, Alice Springs, November 13, 2019.
News & Events
Spinifex Network – ‘The Future of Rural Health’ with Australia’s Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Ruth Stewart. June 15th 2022.
UNE SMART Region Incubator and The Spinifex Network collaborated to present this panel event addressing the big question: "What is the future for...
Spinifex Network in conversation with Professor Ruth Stewart, the National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia.
Spinifex Network in conversation with Professor Ruth Stewart, the National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia. Thursday December 2nd,...
The Spinifex Network has recently released a new paper, the Haitham Report, to demonstrate the value of rural, remote, regional research through its...
Contact: Liz Egan
Office of Strategy Management, VC Unit
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351
+61 (0)2 6773 1868
0404 418 573