Friends of the Alliance, the National Rural Health Alliance’s grassroots network of people and organisations in rural and remote Australia, has been working to ensure that Friends members have the opportunity to stay connected during this time in isolation.
Join us for a cuppa
Friends has held regular 'Join us for a cuppa' sessions, to give people a chance to take half an hour out of their day and enjoy others’ company with a virtual cuppa. Keep up-to-date with conversations here: www.ruralhealth.org.au/friends/activities
Our other isolation activity over the past two months has been a musical collaboration with Small Town Culture and we are very excited to launch the musical video of 'Build 'em up!'.
We hope you enjoy it: WATCH NOW
Photos and poetry
Plans are underway for the 2020 Photo and Poetry Competition to be announced soon. The Alliance has long advocated the place of the arts in the healthy life of Australians. Art in its various forms is used as a means of communication on health and health-related issues; it is itself therapeutic and is widely used to complement treatment and management; and it is widely used as a force for community development, to sustain communities and develop their capacity to deliver health-promoting lifestyles.
Friends is an important way for the Alliance to hear what’s happening on the ground in rural and remote communities and the Friends Advisory Committee has been seeking feedback on their current priorities, including climate and health, digital health and COVID-19.
Join us in 2020–21
Why not think about joining Friends for 2020–21. You will be able to join after 1 July 2020 and next year we plan to launch a Friends online community portal—stay tuned!