#RuralHealthTogether

A NSW Rural Doctors Network initiative

The contributions of rural communities are a foundation of our country’s economy and society. Through good times and bad, they don’t let us down. It's critical that our doctors, GPs, nurses and allied health practitioners take care of themselves so that they can keep our rural communities healthy.

#RuralHealthTogether is an initiative of NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) to provide rural health professionals with self-care support and access to mental health-related information, both for themselves and for their patients.

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Lifeline Drought Tool Kit being released

Lifeline Drought Tool Kit being released. To help people cope with the drought, the Lifeline Drought Tool Kit, a hands-on guide with practical advice, has been prepared.The eight-page guide features 10 main points including how to access financial counselling and deal with isolation and has advice on stress management and family and mental health.

Read article in Western Advocate

Dudley Private Hospital waiving fees for farmers

Dudley Private Hospital (Orange NSW) will waive hospital excess fee and co-payments for farmers as part of a campaign to aid drought relief.

Read article in Western Magazine

Government to announce 20 new counsellors who will help farmers fight depression and anxiety

A “FLYING squad” of mental health workers will visit drought-stricken farming families across the state under a $6.3 million initiative to tackle depression and anxiety.

Read article in Daily Telegraph

NSW government funding to provide three new 'farm gate' mental health support workers

NSW government funding to provide three new 'farm gate' mental health support workers. Additional mental health worker placements in Hunter New England.

Read article in Newcastle Herald

Amid drought’s terrible toll, we do not walk alone

I’m sure I speak for many GPs who are looking out the window at empty dusty paddocks, dying trees and sad stock. Every afternoon hungry kangaroos hop through our carpark to graze on the few green sprouts in the practice garden.

Read article in The Medical Republic

How can GPs best help people in Australia’s drought-affected regions?

Rural and remote GPs in NSW and Queensland are finding novel ways of reaching people badly affected by the record-breaking drought.

Read RACGP article

NSW Health warns of Q fever risk as drought grips state

NSW Health is urging people in regional and rural NSW, particularly parents, to take extra precautions against Q fever as drought and windy conditions may raise the risk of the disease in these areas.

Read article on NSW Health site

$6.3m to help drought-stricken farmers suffering mental health issues

As farmers continue to battle what some have described as the worst drought in living memory, the New South Wales Government has today announced a funding boost for mental health services.

Read article on ABC website

Drought mental health support now to include telehealth consults with local rural doctors

Rural GPs will be able to access Medicare rebates for mental-health phone consults for the first time, to ease distress in drought-hit farming communities.

Read Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine article

NSW drought: Lifeline and CWA team up to help farmers

Lifeline Central West has teamed up with the Country Women’s Association (CWA) for a roadshow of 12 free workshops called Moving Forward Together to target those in need where they need it most.

Read article from Grenfell Record

Why we need to plan for the health impacts of drought

Chair of RACGP Rural Dr Ayman Shenouda discusses steps GPs can take to plan for long-term health issues likely to arise from the drought gripping parts of Australia.

Read RACGP article