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Community Wellbeing Collaboratives: Projects

Over the last several years, the CRRMH has been advocating that in order to reduce suicide rates we need to build mental health and wellbeing in rural communities, and build the resilience of rural communities.

The local, tailored and collaborative measures of community wellbeing collaboratives make them an ideal solution to improve wellbeing in community settings.

Our community wellbeing collaborative projects include:

Our Healthy Clarence
Our Healthy Clarence is a unique model that brings community and organisations together in a constructive and sustainable way to improve the mental health and overall wellbeing of the Clarence Valley community. It was established in 2016 to address a higher than state average rate of suicide in the Grafton/Yamba/Maclean region since early 2015.

Muswellbrook Healthy and Well 
Muswellbrook Healthy and Well is an initiative of the Muswellbrook CREATE Change Coalition, a partnership between local health, social and community services, Muswellbrook Shire Council, government, and the University of Newcastle. Their aim is to support existing local services and activities, work together with people living and working in Muswellbrook, and look for new ways to promote healthy living and positive wellbeing in the community.

Lithgow Mayor’s Mental Health Taskforce
The Mayor’s Mental Health Taskforce was formed by Lithgow City Council in partnership with other agencies following a Mental Health Summit in 2016. The Taskforce aims to bring together the expertise and experience of people in the mental health sphere, with the backing of Council, to develop practical and effective initiatives, both short and long term and to ensure the people of Lithgow get the services they need.

For more information please contact:

Nicholas Powell
Research Assistant
Nic.Powell@newcastle.edu.au
(02) 6363 8422

Augusta-Margaret River, Western Australia
In 2018 The Lishman Health Foundation engaged the CRRMH to explore mental health and wellbeing approaches in Augusta Margaret River. We visited the Shire and spoke to over 100 local people and service providers, producing the Mental health and wellbeing in Augusta Margaret River report.

For more information please contact:

Professor David Perkins
Director (Executive)
David.Perkins@newcastle.edu.au
(02) 6363 8441

The CRRMH is always looking to partner with communities to assist in the development, facilitation and evaluation of community wellbeing collaboratives. Please contact us to register your interest.

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