R U OK? - Mateship Manual

R U OK? has developed ‘The Mateship Manual’ a short simple guide with tips, resources and more to help you start a conversation with someone who’s doing it tough in rural and remote areas.

By asking and listening, we can help our mates and loved ones feel more supported and connected. The R U OK? Mateship Manual is a simple and practical guide that will help you do this.

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Inside a town dealing with the drought: How this rural NSW community is struggling

As NSW continues to live through one of the worst droughts in 100 years, the effects are being felt beyond the farmer’s gate. With primary producers buying nothing more than the necessities, it’s the towns in rural areas that are feeling the pinch.

As long as the rain doesn’t fall, the money doesn’t flow. And the drought-stricken town of Quirindi is still struggling, despite some recent downfalls.

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Telehealth in drought affected areas now covered by Medicare rebates

For the first time, rural GPs in drought-affected areas will be able to bill Medicare for mental health consultations by phone.

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Rural youth mental health outreach program launched to support rural western NSW

Mental health challenges in rural areas of Australia are particularly concerning, with statistics showing that one in four young people experience mental health concerns over a 12 month period.

To help tackle this significant issue, the Benevolent Society has partnered with Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Service – an organisation that provides Primary Health Care representation to the Aboriginal Medical Services across the Western and Far West of NSW – to offer the Rural Youth Mental Health (RYMH) service.

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