Western Local Health District

Two RAMHP Coordinators, Dianne Gill and Camilla Kenny, are based across Western NSW. They conduct a range of activities aimed at linking rural people to the help they need.

Western NSW local health districtIf you are a service provider and are interested in becoming involved in education, networks, events or projects in Western NSW, please contact Di or Camilla. Your organisation may also be interested in becoming a partner with RAMHP.

If you are a community member and you are interested in learning more about education and events in your area, please contact RAMHP.

Education

RAMHP provides education and training to individuals, communities and service providers aimed at supporting and linking community members to the services they need.

The Community Support Skills training package is available to community members who would like to develop the skills to identify and assist people experiencing mental distress.

The Workplace Support Skills training package is designed for front-line staff, in government and non-government organisations, likely to become aware of the impacts of stress and adversity on their customers.

RAMHP coordinators are accredited providers of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

RAMHP Coordinators also conduct a wide range of tailored education sessions across the LHD, in response to community need.

Mental Health Information

Providing information is a key component of RAMHP activity in the Hunter New England area. We provide a range of information services to individuals, communities and service providers to link rural and remote people to the help they need. This includes information on where to access services, common mental illnesses and how to keep mentally healthy, as well as our annual Glove Box Guide to Mental Health.

Community Events

RAMHP staff coordinate and attend a range of community events aimed at bringing communities together, as well as educating and providing information about how and where to find help for mental health concerns.

Local Projects

Di and Camilla have been working closely with the agencies within Western NSW who have been funded under the Australian Government’s Drought Assistance package.

In partnership with Department of Human Services, Uniting Care Burnside, CentaCare Bathurst, Interrelate, Catholic Healthcare Ltd, House with no Steps, Schizophrenia fellowship, Richmond PRA, CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes, our RAMHP Coordinators have been involved in running a number of events, including:

  • RUOK? Bus Tour
  • Beyondblue Bus Tour
  • Lightning Ridge Hay Drop
  • Brewarrina Field Day
  • Warren Depression Awareness Day
  • Dunedoo Spring Fair
  • Coonamble MHFA Course
  • Mendooran Grandparent’s Day
  • Warren Stress Less Day
  • Gilgandra Stress Less Day
  • Walgett Field Day
  • Coonamble Wellbeing Day
  • Quambone Pamper Day

Networks

RAMHP works in partnership with many other organisations through networks, interagency collaborations or working groups. Collaborations include:

  • Forbes Interagency
  • Parkes Interagency
  • Forbes Mental Health Professionals Network
  • Canowindra Community Health Team
  • Centacare – Bathurst and Wilcannia-Forbes
  • Dubbo Community Mental Health Team