Drought

The CRRMH research team worked closely with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) on a variety of projects. The findings from such research informed the RAMHP program until 2021 and are published in peer-reviewed journals.

In October 2020, research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health explored the relationship between drought, wellbeing and adaptive capacity. Drought, Wellbeing and Adaptive Capacity: Why Do Some People Stay Well?

CRRMH Director Professor David Perkins and Research Leader Dr Hazel Dalton published an article in The Conversation in 2020, Bushfires, Drought, COVID: Why rural Australians’ mental health is taking a battering.

In July 2018, research by the University of Newcastle highlighted the need for targeted support of farmers affected by drought-related stress. You can read Dr Emma Austin’s blog

The research was published in the Medical Journal of Australia (2018).  Drought-related stress among farmers: findings from the Australian Rural Mental Health Study.

The Conversation also published a piece related to this research (2018). Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support 

Dr Emma Austin and CRRMH Director Professor David Perkins spoke to the  Medical Journal of Australia’s News and Online Editor, Cate Swannell, about drought-related stress. MJA podcasts 2018 Episode 64: Drought-related stress

CRRMH Director Professor David Perkins spoke with ABC News 24 (19 July 2018) on the effect of drought on rural and remote individuals and communities.

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