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Research Publications




Farmer, J., McCosker, A., Kamstra, P., Perkins, D., Dalton, H., Powell, N., Salvador-Carulla, L., Bagheri, H., Bishop, L., Gardiner, F., Greco, M., Smith, J., Hislop, C., Somerville, R., Blanchard, M., Potter, S., Banks, C., Starling M. (2020) Mapping the hidden voices in rural mental healthReport Phase Two. Social Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology. 

Heinsch M, Sampson D, Huens V, Handley THanstock T, Harris K, Kay-Lambkin F. (2020) Understanding ambivalence in help-seeking for suicidal people with comorbid depression and alcohol misuse, PLOS ONE. 

Western NSW Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. A joint plan between Western NSW PHN, Western NSW Local Health District and Far West Local Health District 2019-2022. This plan was guided and supported by Dr Hazel Dalton and Dr Scott Fitzpatrick, with assistance by Lucy McEvoy. We note this work follows on from the first phase of work, which culminated in a discussion paper (July 2019).

Austin, E.K., Rich, J.L., Kiem, A.S., Handley, T., Perkins, D.A., and Kelly, B.J. (2020) The concerns about climate change among rural residents in Australia. Journal of Rural Studies. Read Miss Austin’s blog here.

Maddox, S., Read, D., Dalton, H., Perkins, D., Powell, N. (2020) Developing a mobile data collection tool to manage a dispersed mental health workforce. Rural and Remote Health.

Fitzpatrick, S. J. Epistemic justice and the struggle for critical suicide literacy (2020) Social Epistemology. [Special Issue: Critical Suicide Studies]. Read Dr Fitzpatrick’s blog here.




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.

Lawrence-Bourne, J., Powell, N., Dalton, H., Oelke, N. and Perkins, D. (2019) Methodologies for the Living Well Strategy – Mental Health Commission of NSW Strategy 2014-2024. Undertaken for the Mental Health Commission of NSW as part of the Living Well Mid Term Review. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Orange, NSW.

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.

Davies, K., Turner, N., Booth, A. and Read, D. (2017) Report on the evaluation of the We-Yarn project. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, 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


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