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Research Publications




Peters, I., Handley, T., Oakley, K., Lutkin, S. and Perkins, D. (2019) Social Determinants of Psychological Wellbeing for Children and Adolescents in Rural NSW.  BMC Public Health.

Powell, N., Dalton, H., Perkins, D., Considine, R., Hughes, S., Osborne, S. and Buss, R. (2019) Our Healthy Clarence: a community-driven wellbeing initiative. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3691. 

Considine R, Dalton H, Perkins D, Powell N (2019) Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River: Key Findings  Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle.

Perkins, D., Farmer, J., Salvador-Carulla, L., Dalton, H. and Luscombe, G. (2019) The ORANGE DECLARATION on Rural and Remote Mental Health. Australian Journal of Rural Health. 2019 Sep 12. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12560.

Stanford, D., Ridoutt, L., Dalton, H., and Perkins, D. (2019) LINKER Service – Special Homelessness Service Domestic Violence Response Enhancement for Western NSW – Evaluation Report. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Orange.

Maddox, S., Read, D., Powell, N., Caton, T., Dalton, H. and Perkins, D. (2019) Reorientation of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program: the value of a program logic model. Rural and Remote Health.

Dalton HE, Read DMY, Booth, A, Perkins, D, Goodwin, N, Hendry, A, Handley, T, Davies, K, Lewis, P, Bradfield, S, Bishop, M, Sheather-Reid, R, Lewis, P, Gazzard, T, Critchley, A. and Wilcox, S. (2019) Formative evaluation of the Central Coast Integrated Care Program, NSW Australia. International Journal of Integrated Care, 2019, 19 (3), 15.

Fitzpatrick, S., Leary, J., Dalton, H., Perkins, D. (2019) Murrumbidgee Primary Mental Health Stepped Care Model Co-Design Project: Key literature summary – February 2019. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Fitzpatrick, S.J.; Brew, B.K.; Read, D.M.Y.; Inder, K.J.; Hayes, A.; Perkins, D. (2019) Rethinking Suicide in Rural Australia: A study protocol for Examining and Applying Knowledge of the Social Determinants to Improve Prevention in Non-Indigenous Populations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2944.

Kelly B, Handley T, Kissane D, Vamos M, Attia J. (2019) “An indelible mark” The response to participation in euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide among doctors: a review of research findings. Palliative & Supportive Care.

Read, D.M.Y., Dalton, H., Booth, A.
, Goodwin, N., Hendry, A., and Perkins, D. (2019) Using the Project INTEGRATE framework in practice in Central Coast, Australia. International Journal of Integrated Care.

Handley T. (2019) End of Life Care in a sample of Regional and Rural NSW – what is the current situation and what are the problems? A white paper developed to support the work of NSW Regional Health Partners. NSW Regional Health Partners, Newcastle, Australia. ISBN – 978-0-6484912-0-0

Handley, T., Rich, J., Lewin, T., Kelly, B. (2019) The predictors of depression in a longitudinal cohort of community dwelling rural adults in Australia. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.




Dalton H, Perkins D, Considine R (2018) Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Lithgow Community – Key Findings and Recommendations.  Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle.

Considine R, Powell N, Dalton H, Perkins D (2018) Report: Our Healthy Clarence Evaluation Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle.

Powell N, Dalton HE, Perkins D (2018) Review: A collaborative approach to community mental wellbeing Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle.

Kay-Lambkin, F., Gilbert, J., Pedemont, L., Sunderland, M., Dalton, H., Handley, T., Chan, S., Perkins, D., Kelly, B. (2018) Prevention and early intervention for people aged 18 and over with, or at risk of, mild to moderate depression and anxiety: An Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for Beyond Blue.

Fitzpatrick, S., Read, D., Dalton, H., Perkins, D. (2018) NSW Books on Prescription – Project Overview and Evaluation. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Dalton, H., Read, D., Handley, T., Booth, A., Davies, K., Goodwin, N., Hendry, A. and Perkins, D. (2018) Central Coast Integrated Care Program: Formative Evaluation Report. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Blackberry, I. (Perkins, D. Co-Author) (2018) Virtual Dementia-friendly rural communities.  Australian Journal of Dementia Care. Vol 7 No 6 Dec 2018/Jan2019.

McGill, K., Hiles, S., Handley, T., Page, A., Lewin, T., Whyte, I and Carter, G. (2018) Is the reported increase in young female hospital-treated intentional self-harm real or artefactual? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

Austin, E., Handley, T., Kiem, A., Rich, J., Lewin, T., Askland, H., Askarimarnani, S., Perkins, D., Kelly, B. (2018) Drought-related stress among farmers: findings from the Australian Rural Mental Health Study. The Medical Journal of Australia doi: 10.5694/mja17.01200

Clay-Williams, R., Plumb, J., Luscombe, G., Hawke, C., Dalton, H., Shannon, G., Johnson, J. (2018). Improving teamwork and patient outcomes with daily structured interdisciplinary bedside rounds: a multi method evaluation. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 13(5). doi: 10.12788/jhm.2850

Fitzpatrick, S.J., Perkins, D., Handley, T., Luland, T., Brown, D., Corvan, E.  (2018) Coordinating mental and physical health care in rural Australia: An integrated model for primary care settings. International Journal of Integrated Care.

Wilhelm, K., Handley, T. and Reddy, P. (2018) A case for identifying smoking in presentations to the emergency department with suicidality. Australas Psychiatry. doi: 10.1177/1039856218757638.

Taylor NC, Hartman DK, Bischoff RJ, Hayes A, Springer PR, Dalton HE, Perkins D. (2018) Supporting strong families and capable communities through cross-national re-search. J Glob Health Rep 2018; 2: e2018010.

Handley, T., Lewin, T., Perkins, D., Kelly, B. (2018). Self‐recognition of mental health problems in a rural Australian sample. Australian Journal of Rural Health. doi:10.1111/ajr.12406

Handley, T., Rich, J., Davies, K., Lewin, T., Kelly, B. (2018). The Challenges of Predicting Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours in a Sample of Rural Australians with Depression. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(5). doi:10.3390/ijerph15050928

Rich, J., Handley, T., Inder, K., Perkins, D. (2018). An experiment in using open-text comments from the Australian Rural Mental Health Study on health service priorities. Rural and Remote Health, 18(1). doi:10.22605/RRH4208




Hazell, T., Dalton, H., Caton, T., Perkins, D. (2017) Rural Suicide and its Prevention: a CRRMH position paper. University of Newcastle, Australia.

Dalton, HE., Read, DMY., Handley, T. and Perkins, D. (2017) Low Intensity Mental Health Services: a rapid review.  Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia. Summary version

Butterworth, P., Kelly, B. J., Handley, T., Inder, K. J., Lewin, T. J. (2017). Does living in remote Australia lessen the impact of hardship on psychological distress? Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S2045796017000117

Considine, R., Tynan, R., James, C., Wiggers, J., Lewin, T., Inder, K., Perkins, D., Handley, T., Kelly, B. (2017). The Contribution of Individual, Social and Work Characteristics to Employee Mental Health in a Coal Mining Industry Population. PLoS ONE, 12(1). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168445

Fitzpatrick, S., & Hooker, C. (2017). A ‘systems’ approach to suicide prevention: radical change or doing the same things better? Public Health Research & Practice, 27(2).

Fitzpatrick, S. J. (2017). Reshaping the Ethics of Suicide Prevention: Responsibility, Inequality and Action on the Social Determinants of Suicide. Public Health Ethics, 1-12. doi:

Fitzpatrick, S. J., Perkins, D., Luland, T., Brown, D., Corvan, E. (2017). The effect of context in rural mental health care: Understanding integrated services in a small town. Health & Place, 45, 70-76. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.03.004

Fitzpatrick, S. J. & River, J. (2017). Beyond the Medical Model: Future Directions for Suicide Intervention Services. International Journal of Health Services, 48(1), 189-203. doi:10.1177/0020731417716086

Fletcher, R., Hammond, C., Faulkner, D., Turner, N., Shipley, L., Read, D., & Gwynn, J. (2017). Stayin’ on Track: the feasibility of developing Internet and mobile phone-based resources to support young Aboriginal fathers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 23(4), 329-334. doi: 10.1071/PY16151

Handley, T.E., Davies, K., Rich, J., Perkins, D. (2017). Understanding the Mental Health of Rural Young Adults: Risk and Protective Factors. International Journal of Mental Health and Psychiatry, 3(4). doi:10.4172/2471-4372.1000154

Inder, K., Holliday, E., Handley, T., Fragar, L., Lower, T., Booth, A., . . . Kelly, B. J. (2017). Depression and Risk of Unintentional Injury in Rural Communities—A Longitudinal Analysis of the Australian Rural Mental Health Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(9). doi:10.3390/ijerph14091080

McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fitzpatrick, S., Cox, K., River, J. (2017). ‘Shadowing’ as a management strategy for chemotherapy outpatient primary support persons. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 31(4), 887-894. doi:10.1111/scs.12410




Handley, T., Davies, K., Rich, J., Booth, A., and Considine, R. (2016) ‘Mental health of Port Stephens youth: Needs analysis study for Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth’, Commissioned by Caring for our Port Stephens Youth, Newcastle: Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle.

Brew, B., Inder, K., Allen, J., Thomas, M., Kelly, B. J. (2016). The health and wellbeing of Australian farmers: a longitudinal cohort study. BMC Public Health, 16(1), 988. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3664-y

Davies, K., & Gray, M. (2016). The place of service-user expertise in evidence-based practice. Journal of Social Work, 17(1), 3-20. doi:10.1177/1468017316637222

Fitzpatrick, S. J., Kerridge, I. H., Jordens, C. F. C., Zoloth, L., Tollefsen, C., Tsomo, K. L., Jensen, M., Sachedina, A.,  Sarma, D. (2016). Religious Perspectives on Human Suffering: Implications for Medicine and Bioethics. Journal of Religion and Health, 55(1), 159-173. doi:10.1007/s10943-015-0014-9

Fitzpatrick, S.J. (2016). Ethical and political implications of the turn to stories in suicide prevention. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, 23(3), 265-276.

Considine R and Perkins D (2016) Mental health and wellbeing in the Clarence Valley – Community consultation results – June 2016. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle.

Fitzpatrick, S.J. (2016). Stories of suicide and social justice. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, 23(3), 285-287.

Gray, M., Davies, K., Butcher, L. (2016). Finding the right connections: Peer support within a community‐based mental health service. International Journal of Social Welfare, 26(2), 188-196. doi:10.1111/ijsw.12222

Handley, T. E., Kay-Lambkin, F. J., Baker, A. L., Lewin, T. J., Kelly, B. J., Inder, K. J., Attia, J., Kavanagh, D. J. (2016). Investigation of a Suicide Ideation Risk Profile in People with Co-occurring Depression and Substance Use Disorder. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204(11), 820-826. doi:10.1097/NMD.0000000000000473

Handley, T. E., Ventura, A. D., Browne, J. L., Rich, J., Attia, J. R., Reddy, P., Pouwer, F., Speight, J. (2016). Suicidal ideation reported by adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes: results from Diabetes MILES-Australia. Diabetic Medicine, 33(11), 1582-1589. doi:10.1111/dme.13022

Mackenzie, K., Foot, N. J., Anand, S., Dalton, H. E., Chaudhary, N., Collins, B. M., Mathiwanan, S., Kumar, S. (2016). Regulation of the divalent metal ion transporter via membrane budding. Cell Discovery, 2. doi:10.1038/celldisc.2016.11

Matthews, L. R., Fitzpatrick, S. J., Quinlan, M. G., Ngo, M., Bohle, P. (2016). Bereaved families and the coronial response to traumatic workplace fatalities: Organizational perspectives. Death Studies, 40(3), 191-200. doi:10.1080/07481187.2015.1115787

Perkins, D. (2016). Elections, scare campaigns and Medicare: Towards a balanced scorecard. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(4), 223-223. doi:10.1111/ajr.12318

Perkins, D. (2016). Gordon Gregory OAM: An appreciation. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(3), 155-155. doi:10.1111/ajr.12305

Perkins, D. (2016). One size fits all … or not! Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(2), 71-72. doi:10.1111/ajr.12295

Perkins, D. (2016). Patient‐centred health care homes in Australia: Disruptive innovation? Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(5), 287-288. doi:10.1111/ajr.12333

Perkins, D. (2016). Research that adds something… Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(1), 2-2. doi:10.1111/ajr.12286

Perkins, D. (2016). Research translation: Making a difference in rural health. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(6), 349-349. doi:10.1111/ajr.12342

Perkins, D. (2016). Stepped Care, System Architecture and Mental Health Services in Australia. International Journal of Integrated Care, 16(3), 1-4. doi:10.5334/ijic.2505

Rich, J., Booth, A., Rowlands, A., Reddy, P. (2016). Bushfire support services and the need for evaluation: the 2013 Blue Mountains experience. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 31(1), 8-12.

Thornton, L., Handley, T., Kay‐Lambkin, F., Baker, A. (2016). Is A Person Thinking About Suicide Likely to Find Help on the Internet? An Evaluation of Google Search Results. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 47(1), 48-53. doi:10.1111/sltb.12261

Tynan, R. J., Considine, R., Rich, J. L., Skehan, J., Wiggers, J., Lewin, T. J., James, C., Inder, K., Baker, A., Kay-Lambkin, F., Perkins, D., Kelly, B. J. (2016). Help-seeking for mental health problems by employees in the Australian Mining Industry. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1), 498. doi:10.1186/s12913-016-1755-1

Tynan, R. J., Considine, R., Wiggers, J., Lewin, T. J., James, C., Inder, K., Kay-Lambkin, F., Baker, A., Skehan, J., Perkins, D., Kelly, B. J. (2016). Alcohol consumption in the Australian coal mining industry. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. doi:10.1136/oemed-2016-103602

Wilhelm, K., Handley, T., Reddy, P. (2016). Exploring the validity of the Fantastic Lifestyle Checklist in an inner city population of people presenting with suicidal behaviours. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(2), 128-134. doi:10.1177/0004867415621393




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