The August 2015 edition of Partyline, the Alliance's flagship magazine, is now available online and posted copies will soon arrive in subscribers’ letterboxes.
This Issue (No 53) offers readers an update on some of the major issues affecting the health of people living in rural and remote Australia. Read about the eleven priority policy proposals, based on the recommendations from the 13th National Rural Health Conference, which have been agreed on by member bodies of the National Rural Health Alliance. The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association discusses some of the critical factors for the new Primary Health Networks to consider if they are to be successful. In two separate articles, the case is made for more current, higher quality and locally specific data that can analyse health issues and better identify local needs.
The issue of food insecurity, especially in remote Australia, is explored and Dr Dennis Pashen gives the Rural Doctors Association perspective on recent Federal Government reforms affecting primary care. There are updates on: the challenges of rolling out the NDIS in rural areas; changes to the personal e-health record system; and planned savings from the Department of Health’s Flexible Funds which may impact a range of frontline services in rural and remote Australia.
There is a special feature section that gives a wrap-up of the 13th National Rural Health Conference, which was held in Darwin in late May. We also have a report on the New Zealand Rural Health Conference held earlier in the year.
Some other articles of interest address: the level of cardiovascular disease in rural areas and actions you can take to reduce your risk of CVD; how playing sport and being physically active could be affecting your dental health; a new online portal that is supporting pregnant Aboriginal women to quit smoking; and a successful telehealth program for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic conditions.
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