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Our Research

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health’s research addresses three broad questions:

  • How can individuals, their families, and their communities stay mentally healthy?
  • How can mental health services be improved?
  • How can we understand and act to prevent rural suicide?

The CRRMH continues to make an important contribution to building the evidence base in rural mental health research, through work in the following areas:

 

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

 
Mental health and wellbeing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural and remote individuals and communities
The project is designed to listen to the lived experiences of at-risk rural and remote people and communities concerning the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing. We will generate evidence that can be used to support future mental health and wellbeing interventions in response to emerging needs. A rural ecosystem model is used to describe the interaction of universal, rural, and life-course adversities, and individual, community, and system-level adaptive strategies. Qualitative methods have been chosen to engage with those most affected, including those needing mental health support and services, and key informants including service providers and community mental health collaborators. This will enable a deeper understanding of the pandemic’s impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of rural and remote people. A national expert panel (drawn from the Orange Declaration rural mental health network) will provide oversight of the project development and advise on interpretation and future intervention recommendations.
Funding body – National Mental Health Commission
 

Australian Rural Mental Health Study (ARMHS)

This cohort study investigated individual, family and community factors associated with the mental health of residents in rural communities across New South Wales. The recruited cohort was followed for five years and the study is still producing research articles that build the evidence base of rural mental health in Australia, and further analyses continue.

 



Community Wellbeing Collaboratives

CRRMH were supported by the Mental Health Commission of NSW to conduct a review of community wellbeing initiatives. A toolbox of resources have been developed to support and guide community efforts to promote and build wellbeing. CRRMH see this co-designed and local public health approach as a necessary step towards prevention of mental illness and promotion of positive mental wellbeing.

The research team have been working with Our Healthy Clarence (Grafton), Muswellbrook Healthy & Well, Lithgow, Mindful Margaret River, to both learn from their experience and contribute to the creation and continued development of their initiatives.

 

The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) was a major project of the CRRMH from 2007 – 2021 with Coordinators based across regional, rural and remote NSW who inform, educate and connect individuals, communities and workplaces with appropriate services and programs. The research team and RAMHP worked together on a variety of projects. Currently we are working on a pilot study to survey people linked to care by RAMHP Coordinators and an analysis of RAMHP training participant survey results. Findings from this research will inform the RAMHP program and be published in peer-reviewed journals.

 

 

Find out about our past research projects

 

 

 

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