Partyline Edition 58 - out now!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The latest Partyline features striking portraits of Aboriginal Health Workers, part of an exhibition by photographer Renae Kilmister shown at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and touring to other cities.

Partyline #58, March 2017, also covers some of the critical policy issues relevant to the sustainability of rural communities and the health and wellbeing of people living in them.

In his editorial, Alliance CEO David Butt puts the case for Government to include specific rural and remote health strategies, actions and performance indicatorsacross all areas of health and social reform  if we are to bridge the health and wellbeing divide between country and city.

Andrew Phillips describes the potential for Pumped Hydro Energy Storage systems located in rural and remote areas to help secure base line power supplies and support the move to 100% renewable energy infrastructure; improving health and wellbeing by bringing new industries and jobs and by contributing to mitigating climate change.

Martin Laverty outlines how secure, stable and universally available broadband would bring many opportunities for the Royal Flying Doctor Service to extend and expand its services, potentially saving lives.

Jonathan Sher, a keynote speaker at the upcoming 14th National Rural Health Conference on 26-29 April, argues that the life chances of people living in rural Australia are often shaped long before their birth, and that more must be done to prepare and support the next generation of mothers, fathers and families.

His article is one of several previewing this very special Conference that is so much more than just a talkfest or networking event. The combined voice of the Conference will develop a set of practicable priority recommendations aimed at improving the health of all who live and work in rural and remote Australia.

Other stories address: the Lions Outback Vision van that, in its first year of operation, has travelled nearly 20,000 kilometres in outback WA, bringing eye health specialist services to 16 remote towns and communities; the progress being made to close the gap in vision loss between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the general population; a research project finding that tele-consultancy is effective in supporting teachers and others in rural and remote regions who are working with students on the autism spectrum; and Royal Far West’s fundraising Ride for Country Kids.

We also cover: rural doctors who have been recognised for their outstanding mentoring of medical students; a cross-sectoral collaborative forum that identified priority areas for health in the Pilbara; new procedural training positions for registrars that will develop specialist medical services for rural SA; asbestos awareness resources specifically aimed at rural and remote communities; an online portal for those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people to reduce tobacco smoking; a central online hub of continence resources; and new online health courses offered by CQUniversity.

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