The latest Partyline, the National Rural Health Alliance’s online magazine, is now available.
The June 2020 special issue features fresh perspectives from rural Australia about the impact of COVID-19, and in particular some of the positive stories that have emerged from the pandemic.
This includes how health professionals and medical students have gone above and beyond to help their communities - for example the story of how a James Cook University medical student found herself in the middle of a pandemic response during a six-week placement in Townsville, and how community pharmacists in rural areas went above and beyond during both bushfires and COVID-19.
It’s also been a chance for some people to become more connected with their surroundings and the rural communities in which they live – such as Pam Harvey from La Trobe University – and has meant that many providers have had to adapt their services in innovative ways, such as the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
As always we’re pleased that there’s been a great response from member organisations and Friends of the Alliance to this issue. Some highlights from members include:
- Royal Flying Doctor Service (Tasmania): When isolation is second nature
- Rural Pharmacists Australia: Community pharmacists local heroes during COVID-19
- Australian Rural Health Education Network: Innovative models for health student placements in times of COVID-19: Learning from our UDRHs
- Royal Far West: Feeling the impact
And from Friends of the Alliance, be sure to check out articles by Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Vandana Bhagat from the University of Tasmania, WA Primary Health Alliance, Starlight Children’s Foundation, National Asthma Council Australia, Your Fertility, and Gordon Gregory.
We’re also pleased to welcome the Australian Government Department of Health back as a contributor to Partyline with their piece on keeping remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities safe from COVID-19.
Last but not least, check out the three poems in this issue, some inspired by the pandemic and some focusing on broader issues in the rural health space: Tessa Li Chyin Lim, Anil Kumar, and Gordon Gregory.
Have something you’d like to contribute to a future Partyline? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next issue is due in September.