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Research Publications

 

2021

 

Austin, E., Kiem, A. S., Rich, J., Perkins, D., & Kelly, B. (2021). How Effectively Do Drought Indices Capture Health Outcomes? An Investigation from Rural Australia, Weather, Climate, and Society13(4), 823-845.

Fitzpatrick, S.J., Handley, T., Powell, N., Read, D., Inder, K.J., Perkins, D., et al. (2021) Suicide in rural Australia: A retrospective study of mental health problems, health-seeking and service utilisation. PLoS ONE 16(7): e0245271. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0245271

Maddox, S., Powell, N.N., Booth, A., Handley, T., Dalton, H., Perkins, D. (2021) Effects of mental health training on capacity, willingness and engagement in peer-to-peer support in rural New South Wales. Health Promot J Austral. 2021;00:1–9. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.515.

Fitzpatrick, S.J., Read, D., Brew, B.K., Perkins, D. (2021) A sociological autopsy lens on older adult suicide in rural Australia: Addressing health, psychosocial factors and care practices at the intersection of policies and institutions, Social Science & Medicine, 2021, 114196, ISSN 0277-9536, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114196.

Hayes, A., Freestone, M., Day, J., Dalton, H., Perkins, D. (2021) Collective Impact Approaches to Promoting Community Health and Wellbeing in a Regional Township: Learnings for Integrated Care. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2021;21(2):27. https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.5617.

Handley, T.E., Lewin, T.J., Butterworth, P. et al. (2021) Employment and retirement impacts on health and wellbeing among a sample of rural Australians. BMC Public Health 21, 888 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-10876-9

Fitzpatrick, S.J. (2021) The moral and political economy of suicide prevention. Journal of Sociology. OnlineFirst  https://doi.org/10.1177/14407833211001112

 

2020

 

Perkins, D. and Miller, K. (2020), The 12th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium Communiqué. Aust. J. Rural Health, 28: 629-631. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12697

Berg, E., Wilhelm, K., Handley, T. (2020) Should we increase the focus on diet when considering associations between lifestyle habits and deliberate self-harm?. BMC Psychiatry 20, 560 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-020-02950-0

Lum, A., Skelton, E., McCarter, KL., et al (Handley, T.) (2020) Smoking cessation interventions for people living in rural and remote areas: a systematic review protocol BMJ Open 2020; 10:e041011. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041011

Goodwin, N., Lewis, S., Dalton, H., and Prael, G. (2020) Which interventions best support the health and wellbeing needs of rural populations experiencing natural disasters? Med J Aust 2020; 213 (11 Suppl): S10–S13.  10.5694/mja2.50881.

Davies, K., Read, DMY., Booth, A., Turner, N., Gottschall, K., Perkins, D. (2020) Connecting with social and emotional well-being in rural Australia: An evaluation of ‘We-Yarn’, an Aboriginal gatekeeper suicide prevention workshop, Aust J Rural Health. 2020; 28: 579– 587. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12671

Perkins, D. and Dalton, H. (2020) Bushfires, Drought, COVID: Why rural Australians’ mental health is taking a battering, The Conversation.

Austin, E.K., Handley, T., Kiem, A.S., Rich, J.L., Perkins, D., Kelly, B. (2020) Drought, wellbeing and adaptive capacity: Why do some people stay well? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Lawrence-Bourne. J., Dalton, H., Perkins, D., Farmer, J., Luscombe, G., Oelke, N., Bagheri, N. (2020) What is rural adversity, how does it affect wellbeing and what are the implications for action? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Blackberry, I., Wilding, C., Morgan, D., Winbolt, M., Greenhill, J., Perkins, D., O’Connell, M., Bauer, M., Morley, C., Farmer, J., Royals, K., Rasekaba, T., Hamiduzzaman, M., Gottschall, K., Robinson, A., Zaplin, E., Pitman, J., & Davis, H. (2020) Virtual Dementia Friendly Rural Communities (Verily) Project Final Report. John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research, La Trobe University, Wodonga.

Gottschall, K. and Dalton, H. (2020) Small Business and Mental Health: A Rural NSW perspective. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Orange, NSW.

Hazel Dalton and David Perkins, Adversity and resilience: rural mental health in Australia pp8-25 in S-A Munoz and S Bain (eds) Mental health and wellbeing in rural regions: international perspectives. Routledge Abingdon UK and New York. ISSBN 978-1-138-34344-3 (hbk) and ISBN 978-0-429-43913-19ebk).

Peters, I., Handley, T., Oakley, K., Lutkin, S., Perkins, D. (2020) What factors influence the psychological wellbeing of children and adolescents in rural NSW? Short article prepared for the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.

Dalton, H., Read, D.M.Y., Day, J., Handley, T., Booth, A., Hayes, A. and Perkins, D. (2020) Evaluation of the Central Coast Family Referral Service in Schools Program. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Perkins, D. (2020) Mind fields: rural mental health article. The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Powell, N., Dalton, H. & Perkins, D. (2020) Essential Energy Internal Report – Mental Health Review. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Handley T, Rich J, Lewin T, Kelly B. (2020) Financial and employment difficulties predict depression among rural Australians. Short article prepared for the Australian Health Economics Society.

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).

Kelly, B., Handley, T., Kissane, D., Vamos, M., & Attia, J. (2020). “An indelible mark” the response to participation in euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide among doctors: A review of research findings. Palliative and Supportive Care, 18(1), 82-88. doi:10.1017/S1478951519000518

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 Dr 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. 20: 5616.

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.

 

2019

 

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. https://www.crrmh.com.au/research/the-orange-declaration/

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.

Powell, N. and Dalton, H. (2019) 2019 Rural Suicide Prevention Forum: Taking a collaborative approach to community wellbeing. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Orange, NSW.

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.

Dalton H, Leary J, Roberts R and Perkins D (2019) Discussion paper: Towards a Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan in Western NSW, July 2019. Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia.

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

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.

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.

McGill, K., Hiles, S., Handley, T., Page, A., Lewin, T., Whyte, I and Carter, G. (2019) Is the reported increase in young female hospital-treated intentional self-harm real or artefactual? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

 

2018

 

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/Jan 2019.

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.

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).

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.

Taylor NC, Hartman DK, Bischoff RJ, Hayes A, Springer PR, Dalton HE, Perkins D. (2018) Supporting strong families and capable communities through cross-national research. 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.

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).

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).

Fitzpatrick, S.J., Read, D., Dalton, H. and Perkins, D. (2018) National Suicide Prevention Trial Western NSW: Closing Report. Orange NSW: Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.

Butterworth, P., Kelly, B. J., Handley, T., Inder, K. J., Lewin, T. J. (2018) Does living in remote Australia lessen the impact of hardship on psychological distress? Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 1-10.

Fitzpatrick, S. J. & River, J. (2018) Beyond the Medical Model: Future Directions for Suicide Intervention Services. International Journal of Health Services, 48(1), 189-203.

Fitzpatrick, S. J. (2018) Reshaping the Ethics of Suicide Prevention: Responsibility, Inequality and Action on the Social Determinants of Suicide. Public Health Ethics, 1-12.

 

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