It is human nature to find some good in adversity, and the global pandemic is no different. There are now two dimensions to COVID-19 running in parallel: the execution of the vaccination program and the ongoing preparedness and response to the virus. In every community, town and regional centre across the country, doctors and health professionals are working hard to contend with the challenges of rolling out vaccines.
Regarding the spread of the virus, it is said the rural sector dodged a bullet with no significant transmission hotspots outside metropolitan centres. Nonetheless, there have been substantial consequences for rural, regional and remote communities. Fortunately, there are many positive stories that deserve to be heard alongside the mainstream media scrutiny.
In our March edition, themed ‘the long tail of COVID-19’, Partyline explores the full range of human and structural responses going on across our communities. This includes clinical and emergency preparedness; entrepreneurial innovation and new flexible services; workforce training and variations; and demonstrations of determined resilience.