Partyline Edition 62 is out now!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018
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The latest Partyline (out now at has a focus on the health of children, families and new mothers living in rural and remote Australia.

In this issue you will read about: the award winning Wide Smiles program that is taking oral health care out to early childhood centres and kindergartens in rural Victoria; community consultations in rural NSW on the developmental health challenges facing country children; an educational film about rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy that is written and directed by a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander women from the NT; and a helpline service providing support for isolated women experiencing perinatal anxiety and depression.

We also have an article about a series of storybooks and interactive games designed to help young children cope with the emotional impact of experiencing a natural disaster, and a review of a new children’s book about a flying optometrist bringing eyecare to the outback.

The latest issue also covers a range of policy issues, innovations in health services, responses of rural communities to challenges, and the work of rural and remote health professionals.

Read about: young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Western NSW who are producing songs, music videos and short films to encourage openness about mental health; a mental wellness program in regional WA that is being delivered through workshops in primary schools; and the stories of Anna Curtin and Carl Barker who are taking up new careers as rural and remote health professionals.

This issue’s editorial from National Rural Health Alliance CEO, Mark Diamond, explores recent changes to the availability of medicines containing codeine and provides links to useful pain management resources for people in rural and remote areas.

You can also explore the National Rural Health Alliance’s proposal for this year’s Federal Budget, which includes seven specific actions, all aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people living in rural and remote Australia.

Also in this issue:

  • A global green and healthy hospitals movement is encouraging hospitals and health services throughout Australia and worldwide to take action to reduce their environmental footprint, promote public and environmental health and, in many cases, make cost savings.
  • Times have been tough in Tasmania’s Circular Head in recent years, but ‘Save Your Bacon’ events for isolated families and local youth have focused on community members’ health and wellbeing in the wake of drought, bushfires, economic hardship and flood.
  • In Queensland’s Darling Downs region, several organisations have come together to provide tailored care for patients who are living with diabetes; in SA a diabetes management education program is being provided to rural primary health care nurses; and nationally, 105 primary health care services are receiving a retinal camera and comprehensive training for key staff, with the aim of increasing the rates of annual retinal examinations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes.
  • In Victoria’s Hume region, 18 public health services have formed a consortium to coordinate and provide support to older local people under the Home Care Packages program.
  • One man’s personal story of caring for a partner with Lewy body dementia has led to the development of an online learning resource designed to capture the carer’s voice.

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