Issue 66

Determinants of health
Top 10 public health successes over the last 20 years: what have they done for rural health?

While Australia has experienced some major public health successes in the past 20 years in some areas, such as the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, smoking rates, and mental health, there is still much to be done to reduce gaps between rural and urban areas. ...More

By Ingrid Johnston
Public Health Association of Australia


Other Rural Health
Dynamic duo delivering NDIS services to Normanton and Doomadgee – a Friends 'My Place' story

Hollie Fisher, occupational therapist, and Eileen Hewitt, speech pathologist, are based in Mount Isa, north-west Queensland and deliver their specialist health services to rural, regional and remote communities across Queensland’s Western Corridor, North West and Lower Gulf....More

By Katie Schrodter
North and West Remote Health


Children's Health
Tucka-Time: teaching skills for a healthy life

A school-based nutrition and healthy lifestyle program called Tucka-Time is having a real impact upon the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families in several rural Queensland communities....More

By Mary-Anne Quilter
CheckUP Australia


Children's Health
New facility supports the health and wellbeing of thousands of country children

Royal Far West’s brand new Centre for Country Kids is an integrated health, education and disability service dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of country children; supporting thousands of children with developmental challenges and their families....More

By Deb Gibbons
Royal Far West


Determinants of health
Climate change and health in rural Australia

Climate change presents many threats to health and wellbeing and rural health practitioners are at the front line of these climate impacts. These issues will be explored during the workshop at the 15th National Rural Health Conference....More

By Rosalie Schultz
Doctors for the Environment Australia


Older People
Older people flown to hospital for preventable illness

The shortfall in health services for older people living in rural and remote areas is resulting in people being flown to hospital by the RFDS for treatment of preventable illness and injuries....More

By Lana Mitchell
Royal Flying Doctor Service


Opening up the world of arts and health at 15NRHC

Arts and health will be feature prominently at the 15th National Rural Health Conference. Tasmanian, as well as other Australian and international performers, artists and researchers will perform, present and give workshops, highlighting the importance of the arts in building health and wellbeing, as well as bringing fun to the Conference. ...More

By Peter Brown
National Rural Health Alliance


Other Rural Health
An Australian doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières

Australian GP, Lisa Searle, decided at the age of 15 that she wanted to work with the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières. She recently returned from her fourth assignment with MSF, working in a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo....More

By Lisa Searle
Médecins Sans Frontières