The March 2019 issue of Partyline is now on the website.
Access to good health care is just one of the factors that contributes to our health and wellbeing. The social, economic and environmental conditions in which we live and our opportunities to lead a healthy life are the main determinants of our health. The lead section in this issue focuses on the determinants of health, with contributions on: major pubic health successes in Australia over the past 20 years and their impact on the health of rural people; the need for governments to govern for health, sustainability and equity in rural and remote areas; and the impact of climate change on health.
The 15th National Rural Health Conference, to be held later this month in Hobart, is Australia’s premier conference for rural and remote health. Articles showcasing aspects of the Conference are spread throughout this issue. You can read about: workshops on rural health research priorities and on climate change and rural health; the Sharing Shed process through which all delegates can contribute to producing a set of priority recommendations to inform rural health policy and advocacy; the Alliance’s presence at the Conference; and the extensive and exciting arts and health program.
We kick off the new Friends ‘My Place’ series in which members of Friends of the Alliance talk about their life and work and what’s special about where they live in rural and remote Australia. Sarah Brown of the Purple House in Central Australia, and North and West Remote Health in remote Queensland are the first contributors to the series.
Click through (LINK) for these and some other great articles on:
- Royal Far West’s new facility supporting the health and wellbeing of thousands of country children;
- school kids and aged care residents getting together to learn from one another and form new friendships in Whyalla;
- a school-based nutrition and health eating program having a great impact in Central Queensland;
- a Tasmanian doctor’s work with Médecins Sans Frontières in the Democratic Republic of the Congo;
- an optometrist who has given outstanding service to his Central West NSW community for 40 years;
- the lack of effective treatment for people infected with pathogens from tick bites;
- the shortfall in health services for older people living in rural and remote areas leading to them being flown to hospital by the RFDS for treatment of preventable illness and injuries; and
- the importance of resilience and how to build it in rural and remote health practitioners.
… and much, much more.
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