The Orange Declaration
In October 2018 researchers and service providers met in Orange NSW to consider the challenges in addressing consistently poor mental health outcomes in rural and remote Australian communities.
They concluded that rural mental health services are not working, despite increases in government funding.
The group recognised that Australian rural residents face a series of challenges not being addressed by the current service mix and so a concerted effort to reconsider the approach was made and the Orange Declaration for Rural and Remote Mental Health (the “Orange Declaration”) was born.
Ten key problems and solutions were identified and a new, coordinated approach suggested to form the Orange Declaration.
The final declaration has been published in the Australian Journal of Rural Health. It was presented at the International Initiative of Mental Health Leadership in Washington in September 2019 to test the ideas with other rural representatives and launched in Australia in October 2019 at the Australian New Zealand Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium in Adelaide.
The publication and launch will be followed by concerted action for attention and change.
Individuals and organisations are encouraged to endorse the declaration.
For more information about the Orange Declaration, please contact the CRRMH on (02) 6363 8444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.