The November 2014 edition of Partyline, the Alliance's flagship magazine, is now available online and posted copies will be arriving soon in subscribers’ letterboxes.
In this issue of Partyline we invite you to share why you #loverural and we feature the Alliance’s year-in and year-out support for rural and remote health. We report on this year’s CouncilFest meeting of the 37 Member Bodies of the Alliance and we look ahead to the National Rural Health Conference coming up in Darwin in May 2015.
Related pieces address some of the priority policy issues agreed at CouncilFest, including the transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks, broadband connectivity, and the implications for regional universities of the deregulation of university fees.
There are stories covering: Royal Far West’s 90 years of service to country kids in New South Wales; community involvement in planning ways to improve oral health; and a holistic health care program helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with the transition back to their community after time in custodial care. There are also stories about a new integrated pain management service at Mildura; a pilot program supporting management and treatment of arthritis in rural and regional communities; and a community palliative care program in South Australia.
We hear the personal stories of Dr Jijesh Nhalila Valappil, a dentist practising in remote Nhulunbuy; osteopath, Barbara Rouch, who loves living and working in Broken Hill; and Audrey Birchall and her fellow volunteers at the Cobram District Health Service.
Other topics addressed include: research into the information and support needs of rural women with breast cancer; an education campaign for health professionals on the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy; a no-interest loans program for disadvantaged women in country Victoria; and a call to reinstate the Prevocational General Practice Placement Program (PGPPP) as an integral part of the training pipeline for rural GPs.