Meet Matthew Milne – our new RAMHP Coordinator in Tamworth
We are thrilled to welcome RAMHP Coordinator Matthew Milne to the RAMHP team. Matthew is located in Tamworth and will cover the Hunter New England LHD.
Matt, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m 30 years old, I grew up in Lake Macquarie and studied Psychology at the University of Newcastle after leaving school. I moved to Tamworth 5 years ago to complete my internship and practice as a Registered Psychologist. After the move, I discovered a whole new world and new experiences you just can’t get living in the city. I’ll never look back.
What attracted you to this new role working in the rural mental health space?
I love the country we live in and the people who farm it to provide for us. Australia can be a harsh country and often our farmers face incredible challenges through drought, flood, fire and pests. Sometimes these battles can be unrelenting and more than a person can handle on their own. I wanted to give back to our farmers and help them in the best way I can by instilling support and hope when times are tough.
What are you looking forward to most about working with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team?
I love hitting the open road and taking in the changing countryside. I also love talking to different groups of people, providing information and support and problem-solving. RAMHP does all of these things; and more. I’m proud to say I now do these things as well.
What are some of your favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?
Nothing beats going bush to clear the mind. Depending on the time of year, the bush can be deafeningly loud or deathly silent. I like exploring and being curious about what’s over the next hill. I also love gardening and cooking American style food.
If you had a chance to talk to your 10-year-old self – what would you say?
“Mate, you’re terrible at maths, just give physics and engineering studies a miss in year 12, you don’t need the stress!”
How can people get in touch with you?
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0437 989 044