Partyline new issue out now!

Friday, 8 April 2016
Partyline#55 out now
The April 2016 edition of Partyline, the Alliance's flagship magazine, is now available online and posted copies will soon arrive in subscribers’ letterboxes.
We need look no further than our children to know how to shape the future of rural and remote communities. This issue is timed to tie in with the Caring for Country Kids Conference being held in Alice Springs on 17-19 April 2016. The feature section on country kids includes stories on various program supporting country children to reach their potential. We cover a new early intervention therapy service for children with disabilities from rural and regional NSW; support for parents of children with continence problems; how a new course in diagnosing autism is assisting healthcare teams to provide earlier and more accurate diagnosis of autism; and the new Positive Choices online portal providing school communities with access to information and prevention programs on alcohol and other drugs. We also cover a community-based scholarship program giving rural secondary school students opportunities to discover and develop their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and a new national newspaper just for kids.
Anticipating an early Federal election, the editorial reminds us that the coming election will be a major opportunity to check on the commitment of the major political parties to the people of rural and remote Australia and their health and wellbeing.
Policy matters covered in this issue include governments’ commitments to the rural health workforce; the potential for savings in the health budget by increasing the supply of allied health services in rural and remote areas; the need for action to improve nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; the alarmingly high rates of accidents and injury in rural and remote Australia; and the need for innovative funding models for rural general practice infrastructure.
Denis Ginnivan tells the story of the bushfire that struck the Indigo Valley last December and the strong and generous spirit of the local community. 
Midwife and midwifery educator, Sharyn Corboy, recounts her experiences as a volunteer in the Solomon Islands. 
Sydney-based orthoptist, Ahn Kieu, is taking specialised eye-care services to Dubbo in NSW’s Central West.
You can also read about the launch of the Lions Outback Vision Van, taking ophthalmology services to remote areas of Western Australia; the importance of transport and accommodation assistance for rural haemotology patients in Queensland; 24/7 video and web-chat online counselling services available through MensLine Australia and the Suicide Call Back Service; Healthdirect Australia’s suite of telephone, digital and ehealth services catering for the specific health needs of different population groups; and the Purple House dialysis service for Indigenous communities in Central Australia.
Chairperson of the National Rural Health Alliance, Geri Malone, pays tribute to Gordon Gregory, the Alliance’s much loved and admired CEO who is retiring after 23 years.
If you would like to subscribe to Partyline (it’s free!), please email