LIVING OUTBACK: Issues for rural and remote communities in Australia

Rural and remote communities are at the centre of the mythology and cultural ethos of Australia. Most of us have indulged nostalgic and sentimental thoughts of the outback and life in the bush – helped along perhaps by a film we’ve seen.

But the reality of life for many people in rural and remote Australia is quite another story – and one that needs to be told.

Produced at PBA FM in Adelaide South Australia, and with funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, this series of radio programs began in the first week of April 2013. Each podcast is approximately 27 minutes.

Music used on-air cannot be included in the podcasts.

Project Consultant Dr John Ashfield and PBA FM Producer/Presenter Tony Ryan would welcome comments and feedback from any listeners in rural and remote parts of Australia, as well as city dwellers.

Broadcasts and live streaming
For details of broadcasts on PBA FM in Adelaide, and simultaneous live streaming of each program, please refer to the Living Outback website.

Enquiries and comments
Email to Tony Ryan –

Program 01
Changing Times
Rural communities in decline
First broadcast – week beginning Monday 01 April 2013
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Program 02
The Emerging Legacy of Drought
The heavy price that endurance is now exacting from rural families
First broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 08 April 2013
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Program 03
The Lived Experience
Every town, every community experiences change in different ways
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 15 April 2013
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Program 04
Farm Safety – The Reality
Improving health, wellbeing and safety on our farms
First Broadcast – Monday 22 April 2013
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Program 05
Single and Dateless in the Bush
The ongoing drought for many rural males
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 29 April 2013
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Program 06
The Mining Bonanza
A boon or blow for rural communities and families?
First Broadcast – 06 May 2013
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Program 07
Broken Tradition, Broken Promises
How the issue of succession is affecting families in rural and remote Australia
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 13 May 2013
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Program 08
Hard Working and Hard Drinking
How alcohol has become the silent killer of rural families
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 20 May 2013
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Program 09
Shattered Lives
The tragedy and legacy of male suicide in rural and remote Australia
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 27 May 2013
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Program 10
Outback Women – Part 1
How a special breed of women survive and thrive in rural and remote Australia
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 03 June 2013
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Program 11
Outback Women – Part 2
In conversation with two remarkable rural women
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 10 June 2013
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Program 12
Whatever Happened to the Old Bush School
Education in rural and remote Australia
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 17 June 2013
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Program 13
Tree-change
Benefits and challenges of moving to the country
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 24 June 2013
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Program 14
Keeping Your Wits Without a Psychiatrist
Taking care of the mental health of men and boys in rural Australia
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 01 July 2013
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Program 15
Thinking Outside the Square
Stories of success and enterprise in rural and remote Australia
First Broadcast – Week Beginning Monday 08 July 2013
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