The University of Newcastle, Australia

$19 million for Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Friday, 12 February 2016

The University of Newcastle has received $19 million of NSW Government funding for its Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program based in Orange.

CRRMH Director Professor David Perkins said rural people suffer disproportionately from drought, fire, floods and difficulties in accessing services, making the work of the Centre and its programs particularly important.Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

“This investment by the NSW Government will enable us to help rural communities and health service providers to improve the mental health of rural residents, to support services and to better understand and address rural suicide,” Professor Perkins said.

Announcing the investment, Minister for Mental Health Pru Goward MP said the funding demonstrates the NSW Government’s continued commitment to improving mental health services for people in rural and remote areas.

“Living and working in rural and regional areas can be a very rewarding way of life. However, people living in these communities often face complex issues, including pressure generated from isolation and limited access to services, rapid social and economic change and other adversities,” Minister Goward said.

“The Centre has played a pivotal role in working to improve mental health in rural communities and I am so pleased that their work will be able to continue for the benefit of all our rural and remote communities in NSW.”

MP for Orange Andrew Gee said the funding will allow the CRRMH to continue its work, build on its many achievements and continue to provide a voice for issues affecting the mental health of people living in rural and remote areas of NSW.

“The Centre, based right here in the heart of Orange, has consistently been at the forefront of initiatives designed to enhance the mental health of rural and remote communities and to support the work of clinical mental health services in regional communities,” Mr Gee said.

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