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> ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES is key to turn around the poor outcomes for the bush
Media Release 03 June 2017 -- National Rural Health Alliance

A long-term investment plan is needed to overcome the ongoing shortfall in access to mental health services in rural and remote Australia, David Butt, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, said today.
People living in remote and very remote communities in Australia access only a small portion of the mental health services available to their city cousins according to a new report from the Royal Flying Doctors Service Mental Health in Remote and Rural Communities. This is despite experiencing mental health disorders at the same rate as people in the cities.
The RFDS has examined the data it collects on aeromedical retrievals for emergency mental health care to determine the barriers to better mental health in the bush and how these can be overcome.
In responding to the findings, David Butt noted that “Sadly, this is not new, but rather a further confirmation of the divide between the city and the bush. While I recognise the progress that is being made by governments and service providers, we have to commit to finding ways to address these critical barriers to effective prevention, early intervention, diagnosis and management in the bush.
“Anyone can experience a mental health issue. Building strong, resilient families and communities, and improving access to help from professionals, will help more people on the pathway to recovery and to leading contributing lives.
“I congratulate the RFDS on this report and contributing to the growing voices calling for better access to mental health services in rural and remote communities” said Mr Butt. “The Alliance stands ready to work with the sector and governments to address the gaps and turn around the poor outcomes in the bush”.

http://ruralhealth.org.au/media-release/access-mental-health-services-key-turn-around-poor-outcomes-bush
(Posted June 2017)


> MAY IS DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH
Take up the 'Not Now, Not Ever' challenge to end domestic and family violence.
The Queensland Government’s Not Now, Not Ever campaign aims to raise community awareness and encourage community participation during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.
We all have a role to play in ending domestic and family violence and Queenslanders are being encouraged to take up the Not Now, Not Ever challenge again in 2017.
Many community groups, sporting clubs, schools and workplaces are already making a difference across Queensland by taking up the Not Now, Not Ever challenge. See what people are doing in your region.
(Posted May 2017)


> GET HEALTHY - A FREE Queensland Government service.
The Get Healthy service is a free and confidential information and phone coaching service that provides information and support for you to make healthy lifestyle changes, including:
- healthy eating
- being physically active
- achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
The service offers:
- up to 10 free coaching calls with a personal health coach for up to 6 months
- information with practical tips on healthy eating and being physically active
- a coaching journal to write down your goals and actions
- access to a website with tools to help you track your progress.
Get Healthy is available to Queensland residents 18 years and over.
To find out more:
- call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
- visit www.gethealthyqld.com.au
(Posted March 2017)


> RELEASE OF NEW HUMAN RIGHTS TOOLKIT for women and girls with disability
Over two million women and girls with disability live in Australia – that’s approximately 20% of all women and girls. Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has worked hard to develop and publish a suite of resources focused on key human rights issues for women and girls with disability in Australia.
http://wwda.org.au/wwda-release-new-human-rights-toolkit-for-women-and-girls-with-disability/
(Posted Dec 2016)


> People with disability locked out of housing
People with disability are being locked out of rental markets in all of Australia’s major cities, according to a new report.
http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/people-disability-locked-housing/


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