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The Rural Health Education Foundation and Rural Health TV Channel have closed.

CEO Helen Craig said the foundation was closing after 22 years of operation due to a reduction in government-contracted work, which had made the foundation financially unsustainable.

She thanked those who had donated and participated as a panellist, including the convenor of the Optometrists Association’s Rural Optometry Group Dr Philip Anderton, and those who had been filmed or interviewed, who provided input to development of educational resources and who used the resources.

In the past 10 years the foundation has produced more than 300 health education programs and as many as 18,000 DVDs of its programs were distributed nationwide annually.

Ms Craig said that the channel ceased broadcasting on 7 February and while the foundation had ceased operations, its existing programs would remain freely accessible for a few more months.

More information will be posted on its website http://www.rhef.com.au/

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