The March 2020 issue of Partyline is now available

Monday, 30 March 2020
Partyline screen shot issue 70 March 2020

The March 2020 issue of Partyline, the National Rural Health Alliance’s flagship online magazine, is now available.

The theme for this issue is climate and health. Climate change is intricately linked with health, and the health of rural communities is often the most affected. This includes the impact of extreme weather events such as the bushfires that devastated much of Australia earlier this year – and inspired a number of articles in this issue – as well as food insecurity, an increase in the spread of vector-borne diseases, and migration and forced displacement. When we asked our members and Friends of the Alliance what they wanted to see Partyline focus on in 2020, climate and health was overwhelmingly the suggestion.

We know that COVID-19 is quite rightly the most important health issue for most Australians at the moment. It’s our highest priority as well. But we do hope that, regardless, you find this climate and health themed issue of Partyline insightful and informative.

Highlights from this issue include:

Former Partyline editor Susan Magnay’s account of bushfires on New Year’s Eve threatening her home at Malua Bay;
The University of Wollongong’s Kathryn Weston explains why seventy years ago scientists were warning that the climate was changing, and why we should have listened to them;
Beyond Blue takes us through how to look after our mental health in the face of climate change;
Members of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine’s Public Health and Disaster Committee explain why climate change is a health emergency; and
Some timely poetry from Friends member Jon-Grant Ferguson.

 

As always, we hope you enjoy Partyline. Please get in touch (tim@ruralhealth.org.au) with any contributions or suggestions for future themes. The next issue is expected in June.