Partyline #61, November 2017 is out now

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Partyline #61, November 2017 is out now at http://ruralhealth.org.au/partyline

In this issue John Kelly from the Heart Foundation describes how the Foundation’s Heart Maps show the great inequity in heart health across Australia, including that deaths from heart disease are 60 per cent higher for people living in rural and remote areas than for those living in metropolitan areas.

Lindsay Cane from Royal Far West reports on their recent study which highlights the growing disparities in developmental and health outcomes between children in urban and rural and remote areas, the gaps in services, and the critical role that the social determinants of health play.

On the positive side, we cover a pioneering nutrition program in the community of Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island that is showing tangible results in reducing chronic disease and is empowering people in the community to reawaken the vibrant health of their ancestors; and a smart phone app that provides a simple way for people to identify healthier food options available in stores.

At two recent gatherings of women from rural and remote Queensland, participants  took part in a range of activities using simple and easy strategies that can be implemented every day designed to help them to be happier, healthier and more mentally resilient.

People living or working in regional or remote South Australia now have access to a free, 24/7 professional online and telephone counselling service.

In Western Australia's Goldfields region, to fill a gap in existing mental health services, people from around the region have been able to enrol in a locally delivered Certificate IV in Mental Health. Also in WA, a series of short films, recorded in Broome, Carnarvon and Perth, has been produced which capture the ways in which mental health conditions impact on individuals, families and communities.

Award winning doctor, Amanda Bethell, talks about her work as a country GP in South Australia and her passion for providing health care in an area of need.

We also report on the collaboration across a number of organisations working to establish allied health rural generalists as a core component of high quality multi-disciplinary care in rural and remote health.

Two stories address the Therapeutic Goods Administration's decision to require a prescription for all codeine products from February 2018 and the need for pain services and information and support for consumers are in rural and remote Australia.

Several upcoming events are highlighted. These include: the Sixth Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in April next year, which will reflect the breadth and depth of current research in the rural and remote health sector; a six-day bike ride along the coast of New Ireland, PNG, in May to raise funds for basic health care in rural and remote communities in PNG; and a postgraduate course on agricultural health and medicine.

We report on new editions of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals; new evidence-based online multimedia resources developed to support primary healthcare staff conducting retinal screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes; and a guide to using technology and social media to support aged care residents’ wellbeing by connecting them with family and loved ones.

For these stories and more, visit http://ruralhealth.org.au/partyline/