16th NSW Rural Mental Health Conference a success!

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health's (CRRMH) Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) was this year's Gold Sponsor of the 16th NSW Rural Mental Health Conference, held in Albury from the 11th-13th November 2013.

This year's conference was a collaborative effort between the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health. The theme for the 2013 Rural Mental Health Conference was "Making the most of change – building mental health futures".

As rural communities within NSW and Victoria have been adversely impacted by serious drought, bush fires and floods in recent times, there were a number of presentations on the future of rural mental health services and the need to include the effects of climate change.

The conference showcased the adaptability and innovation of rural mental health services in meeting these current and future challenges.

RAMHP provided delegates with a variety of useful resources at the exhibition stand, including information about the new website, Act-Belong-Commit program and RAMHP Strategic Plan.

Both the CRRMH and RAMHP conducted workshops and presented at the conference. We received very positive feedback about the quality of this year's presentations and would like to thank the following staff for their hard work:

CRRMH's Len Kanowski and Dr Jo Gwynn
- Working Effectively with Aboriginal Communities

RAMHP's Trevor Hazell
- Rural Adversity and Mental Health Interventions
- Community recoveries from disaster - Priorities for rural mental health

RAMHP's Jacqueline Coombe
- RAMHP reflections on a pragmatic approach to selecting rural communities for targeted mental health

CRRMH's David Perkins
- Writing for Publication

RAMHP's Fiona Mitchell
- Assisting Rural & Remote Aboriginal Communities

CRRMH's Tonelle Handley
- Feasibility of computer-delivered mental health treatments for rural populations
- Factors associated with lifetime trauma exposure and PTSD in a rural community sample

CRRMH's Dr Clare Coleman
- Perceptions of living in a rural community: What does this tell us?

CRRMH's Fiona Livingstone
- SCARF: A new well-being and suicide prevention program for healthy rural communities
- Farm-Link: translating innovative research to practice in rural suicide prevention

RAMHP's Di Gill
- Cristal Mine's fight to address the issues of staying mentally well

RAMHP's Helen Sheather
- The Power of Partnerships

RAMHP's Claire Elligett
- The social impacts of drought in rural & remote Australia

RAMHP's Steve Carrigg
- Planning for Preparedness – How rural communities can prepare for traumatic events

Thank you also to Jacqueline Coombe and Jennie Keioskie for preparing conference posters, and to all staff who helped to make the conference a success. We look forward to next year's conference.