Equally Well: Improving the physical health of people living with mental illness

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Keynote presentation
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2017
Event9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium - Commercial Club, Albury, Australia
Duration: 11 Oct 201713 Oct 2017
https://web.archive.org/web/20171022121327/https://anzmh.asn.au/rrmh/ (Conference website)
https://mentalhealthaustralia.org.au/rural/bop-17.pdf (Conference proceedings)


Conference9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
OtherWe warmly welcome you to Albury, NSW from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October 2017 for the 9th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium. This year our theme will be Impacts & Outcomes, Putting People First. The symposium is designed for consumers, carers, clinicians, managers and all those working in rural mental health. It is applicable to those from Primary Health Networks, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, non-government organisations, government health services and private providers. It is a great conference to establish and develop links across these service types and work together to advance rural mental health.The National Mental Health Commission, in its review, recognised the importance of rural mental health with 6.9 million (29%) Australians living in remote, rural and regional communities. The number of Australians experiencing mental health problems in rural and remote areas is comparable to that in Sydney and Melbourne combined. However, rural and remote communities face challenges with limited access to support services, and high suicide rates. Anxiety, depression, stress, grief and other mental health problems can often occur with many rural communities being affected by environmental threats and economic downturn. In recent years we have endured severe drought, flooding, bushfires and cyclones, which puts stress on rural and regional farming and business communities. Thanks to the work of this Symposium, its delegates, and the National Alliance for Rural and Remote Mental Health the profile and the importance of rural mental health is receiving more recognition than ever. The anticipated establishment of a Rural Health Commissioner offers further opportunities to influence and improve the mental health of rural communities.
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