The December issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health looks at drowning prevention: there’s a systematic literature review on the next steps for rural and remote Australia and a comparative look at drowning prevention in rivers and lakes.
Workforce issues are prominent with a systematic review examining the reasons doctors work in rural areas in high income countries and an examination of factors impacting the solo remote placement experiences of undergraduate medical students. There is also an examination of locality and career choices of the first graduate cohort of the New Zealand Rural Hospital medicine training program.
COVID-19 responses are examined in separate articles which look at remote health service vulnerabilities and rapid multi professional training in rural hospitals. ‘We yarn’, an Aboriginal gatekeeper suicide prevention workshop, is evaluated in original research around connecting social and emotional wellbeing in rural Australia.
The Alliance piece this issue presents a case for preventive health as a key strategy for rural health in the National Preventive Health Strategy currently under development.