Industry and Rural Health
Leading UON researcher, Professor Brian Kelly, Chair of NIER's Centre for Resources Health and Safety has published an editorial in the June edition of The Australian Journal of Rural Health. As an internationally respected mental health authority, Professor Kelly has held a career-long interest in the psychosocial aspects of mental health in rural and isolated areas.
Professor Kelly's editorial piece 'Industry and Rural Health: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution' examines the concerns of health risks and the social and environmental impacts of the resource sector on rural communities. Exploring this further, the editorial reflects on the success of the Centre's recent Symposium held in Tamworth which brought together senior organisational, industry and community representatives to discuss the health needs of resource intensive regions. The Symposium generated key objectives such as the need to examine alternative models of health care to best support people living and working in regional communities, the emerging issues of workplace health in the resources sector and challenges facing rural and remote regions.
The Centre was established in 2014 in partnership with Aspen Medical, a leading provider of healthcare solutions in the mining and resources sector. The Centre is leading the way through established partnerships with the mining industry at both state and national levels in the development of industry wide strategies and innovative solutions to address the health needs of rural and resource intensive regions.
To read Professor Kelly's editorial, please visit: http://ruralhealth.org.au/ajrh