RAMHP Welcomes Andrew Daley to the team
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team continues to grow and this month we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Andrew Daley.
Andrew is based in Armidale and will work closely with communities in the Hunter New England Local Health District.
You can read more about Andrew below.
Q: Andrew, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
A: Thanks for asking. I was born at Temora hospital and lived in the small rural community of Barmedman in the southwest wheat belt of NSW. I did most of my schooling in Temora and then Gloucester for my senior high school. I have worked in the dairy industry, manufacturing, automotive spare parts and other jobs to make a few dollars. I completed a university degree in nursing on the Gold Coast at age 32. I then moved to Toowoomba QLD to do post graduate study in mental health nursing. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings over the years. In 2011 I took up a position as a mental health clinician in Tenterfield. I moved my family to a 40 acre property out of town to grow rocks and weeds and feed the feral goat population.
Q: What attracted you to this new role working in the rural mental health space?
A: For many years I have been interested in primary prevention and early intervention in the mental health area. I believe it is important to educate people on how to achieve good mental health, what to do in a crisis, and how to seek out help early. I love the bush and the resilience of rural people in the face of major challenges. RAMHP ticked all the boxes for the next phase of my career. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to join an impressive program.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about working with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team?
A: Working with a team of enthusiastic and competent people to deliver our program to rural people throughout NSW. I look forward to getting to know my local rural communities and working with other agencies in the field of health and wellbeing.
Q: What are some of you favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?
A: Family gatherings, bush walking, fishing with mates, reading, music, laughing, fixing or making things, creative writing, playing my djembe, and practising my own blend of stress management strategies.
Q: Is there a person in your life who has inspired you in a positive way?
A: Not a particular person per se but many people with qualities and values that have inspired me to be a better person. Life is a bit tricky and unpredictable. I have fallen on my face a number of times. I’d just like to say thank you to all those compassionate souls who helped me get up again. I know who you are and I am forever grateful.
Q: Is there something you have achieved in your life you are really proud of.
A: In my late teens and twenties I was an ignorant passenger on a fast train to nowhere. Marriage, children and a bit of maturity eventually straightened me out. I am proud that I was the first person in my family to go to university and obtain a degree.
Q: If you had a chance to talk to your 10 year old self – what would you say?
A: “Hey little Andy, make sure the fire cracker has a long enough fuse before for you light it up!”
Q: How can people get in touch with you?
A: Work mobile 0428 109 990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org