Issue 57

Personal Stories
A paramedic intern in the Northern Territory

During the first day of paramedic induction eight new graduate interns walked into the classroom nervous and excited. We called ourselves ‘The Foxtrots’....More

By Trent Ramsay


Health Conferences & Events
#ruralhealthconf - the place to be is Cairns, 26-29 April 2017

Pack your bag and make your travel and accommodation arrangements to be in Cairns from 26 to 29 April next year. Over the four days, there will be......More

By Leanne Coleman
National Rural Health Alliance


Personal Stories
Rural doctor completes world’s toughest horse race for rural mental health

Earlier this year I competed in the world’s longest and toughest horse race, the Mongol Derby, to raise funds for rural-specific youth wellbeing training....More

By Shannon Nott


Health Services & Programs
Flying Doctor is expanding its dental outreach program

People living in rural Australia experience poor oral health at significantly higher rates than the general population....More

By Royal Flying Doctor Service


Rural & Remote Communities
Opening up the conversation about rural suicide

Every person in a rural farming community knows someone who has taken their life. Many more have attempted suicide or had thoughts of taking their own life...More

By Alison Kennedy
National Centre for Farmer Health


Sharing information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health

The Australian Indigenous HeathInfoNet and The Fred Hollows Foundation are currently expanding the eye health information on the HealthInfoNet website....More

By Samantha Burrow and Jane Burns
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet


Vision loss still affects too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

There are four main eye conditions which together cause 94 per cent of the vision loss among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people....More

By Rosamond Gilden and Carol A Holden
Indigenous Eye Health, The University of Melbourne


Health Services & Programs
A routine eye examination prevents a stroke

Phil Callahan, from Colac in Victoria, has avoided having a stroke thanks to a routine eye examination with his optometrist....More

By Optometry Australia


Health Services & Programs
Reaching out to new fathers through texts

Parenting programs regularly attract mothers and hospital services are directed to the mother and baby, but reaching out to new fathers has never been easy...More

By Richard Fletcher
Fathers & Families Research Program, The University of Newcastle


Health Services & Programs
Improving education for children with autism wherever they live

A new partnership will ensure that students on the autism spectrum can access evidence-based tools and interventions wherever they live in Australia....More

By Tess Cosgrove
Autism CRC


Elder abuse – inquiry into the laws protecting vulnerable older Australians

As Australia’s population ages and the vulnerabilities of older people increase, the potential for elder abuse grows....More

By Marie-Claire Muir
Australian Law Reform Commission


Heart maps reveal more hospital admissions for heart conditions in rural and remote Australia

Australian Heart Maps are a national online platform for comparing heart disease indicators across Australia....More

By Jane Potter, Gillian Mangan, Rohan…
National Heart Foundation, KTZ Consulting