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Getting to know Research Assistant Lucy McEvoy

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The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health welcomes ‘Research Assistant’ Lucy McEvoy to the team. Lucy’s current work at the Centre includes evaluation of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) Youth Access Project and the Indigenous Models of Care review.

Lucy also works part-time for the Western Health Research Network (WHRN) as Project Officer.

Lucy, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?

 In April 2016 with two young kids in tow, we quit our jobs, farewelled Sydney and headed west for greener pastures! We soon found work, survived our first winter in Orange and are now in the throes of building a house here.

I spent seven years at The George Institute for Global Health working mainly as a Project Manager on a number of stroke, epilepsy and MS studies. I love the variety of work and knowledge that the research environment provides.

What attracted you to this new role working in the rural mental health space?

I don’t believe that where you live should dictate the level of care you receive. We are spoilt for choice in our cities but rural and remote communities should have access to the same care and choices. The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health is perfectly positioned to take the lead in this space and I am excited to be part of that shift.

What are you looking forward to most about this research role?

The great part about working regionally is the collaboration between organisations. I think this way of working not only benefits us as researchers, but also the community we live and work in. I look forward to undertaking research on the ground in our region and coordinating other projects in the rural mental health space.

What are some of your favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?

Living in the moment – savouring that first sip of coffee in the morning – bliss! Face time calls with friends who are too far away and a walk with my dog.

Is there a person in your life who has inspired you in a positive way?

My grandma – to make bucket loads of meringues and surround yourself with family and good friends.

If you had a chance to talk to your 10 year old self – what would you say?

Dream big and travel lots! You can do anything you put your mind to!

How can people get in touch with you? or (02) 6363 8427. My working days are Tuesday – Thursday.



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