Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rural mental health findings to be released

A team of researchers led by Dr Delwar Hossain, from the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH) have been looking at how primary producers and rural communities recover from the devastating effects of natural disasters.

Now, after completing 12 workshops in Warwick, Dalby, Kingaroy, Goondiwindi, Dirranbandi, St George, Mitchell, Roma, Miles, Chinchilla, Charleville and Cunnamulla the team are preparing to release the results of their findings.

´The purpose of this project is to better understand the capacity building needs of rural producers and their communities to effectively address mental health issues in the face of increasing uncertainty with climate variability and change,” Dr Hossian said.

In each community local residents were invited to take part in the workshops. From primary producers, land care groups and local emergency service people, to schools, health care workers and rural financial counsellors, the workshops were attended by a broad cross section of the community... more Rural mental health findings to be released

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