Welcome to the June issue of Partyline, where we shine a light on different approaches in rural health education and training and highlight examples of rural health research being applied in health services and rural practices.
We have some great examples of rural health researchers and clinical practices coexisting to strengthen localised, evidence-based solutions in rural and remote communities around the country.
Every country town and every remote community has its own health issues requiring different health solutions. The main theme that is paying dividends in this issue is a basic one – a ‘boots on the ground’ approach of taking time to understand local communities is proving successful.
Grassroots consultation and planning are leading to firsts, such as Tresillian’s partnership agreements with local communities to deliver child and family health services, which are in turn leading further research on service delivery.
It is also wonderful to see so many rural, regional and remote clinicians teaming up with university, community and industry partners to explore and resolve workforce and service delivery issues in primary care. For example, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District in NSW has partnered with Charles Sturt University to respectfully research the experiences of new mums.
Indigenous health issues are addressed through an opinion piece by Professor Tom Calma AO, and we feature collaborative programs looking at smoking, nutrition and skin health in remote communities. We also share many great resources that are working in different rural, regional and remote communities, which may have applications and benefits for your own rural health ecosystem.
Thank you to everyone who contributed, and to our advertisers for this issue: Telstra Health; Rural Workforce Agency Victoria; Health Workforce Queensland; and Haemochromatosis Australia.
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