Homestead visits key to mental health success in rural Queensland

Not everyone wants to see a doctor when they’re feeling down, let alone a psychologist. But, it seems one service in north Queensland is finding a way help to rural families struggling through drought. Cairns-based psychologist Crispian Jones travels to stations surrounding Georgetown and Croydon for one week every month, to offer free counselling to graziers at their kitchen tables and back verandas. Mr Jones says sessions inside the home …

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Improving rural mental health support

Updated Mon 14 Jul 2014, 11:40am AEST ABC Rural  By Virginia Tapp A health professor in north west Queensland, says mental health support for drought affected communities needs to come in the form of community events, rather than workshops. Sabina Knight is the director of the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, and was also part of an expert panel appointed by the Federal Government, to review the …

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