Welcome to the new look Partyline. From this issue (Number 57) Partyline will be published as an online magazine.
As foreshadowed in the August 2016 Partyline, due to the increasing costs of printing and postage, the National Rural Health Alliance has reviewed the future of Partyline. Thank you to all our readers who contributed to this review by taking part in our recent reader survey. Your feedback has been invaluable. It confirmed for us that Partyline is valued as an important source for news and information related to rural and remote health. The great majority of survey respondents said they would subscribe to or access such news and information online if Partylinewere no longer produced as a print publication.
So, what has changed? The new look Partyline provides for easy navigation to the topic areas and stories you are interested in. Stories have been organised into a number of categories: such as policy issues; health services and programs; rural and remote communities and so on. The online format lends itself to the use of audio and visual materials and links to related information.
What hasn’t changed is purpose of Partyline to communicate developments in rural and remote health. Partyline will continue to seek and publish the contributions of people and organisations from across the sector as well as drawing on the work of the Alliance to bring you the stories and news relating to the health and wellbeing of people living in rural and remote Australia.
We are planning four issues of Partyline in 2017. We received many interesting story suggestions in the reader survey responses and will be following up these ideas in the new year.