Rural Mental Health Services

Over 30% of Australians live in rural areas. Less than 10% of psychiatrists practise in rural areas.

Our rural communities are the backbone of Australia. Yet there is an alarming lack of mental health services in rural areas.

In 2012 and 2013, Senator Wright, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, undertook a rural mental health consultation of regional Australia. Senator Wright met with over 185 people from 24 towns, listening to the voices and experiences of people living in country Australia. You can view the report from the tour here.

One in five Australians experience mental ill-health in any year. The consequences of mental ill-health in rural and regional areas are far greater than in urban areas given that access to mental health services is substantially lower.

The Greens have created a plan to address this inequality. It's based on a great deal of consultation with those on the frontline - consumers, carers, advocates and those working in mental health. 

Chair of the National Alliance for Rural and Regional Mental Health, Dr Russell Roberts had this to say about our extensive rural mental health plan: "It's one of the most sensible pieces of policy work I've seen from a political party, on rural mental health, in the last 25 years."

If you are feeling in distress, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

Latest on Rural Mental Health Services


Senate backs incentives to attract mental health workers to the bush

03 Mar 2015

An Australian Greens bid for improved mental health care in rural areas has been supported in a Senate vote today.


More professional mental health workers needed in country areas

03 Mar 2015

Senator Wright's motion in favour of providing incentives for mental health professionals to practise outside major cities


Rural mental health survey gives damning report on the Abbott government

01 Dec 2014

Senator Penny Wright speaks about the need to prioritise mental health, particularly in rural and regional areas. A survey conducted by Senator Wright found only 8 per cent of rural mental health workers thought rural mental health was a priority for their local parliamentarian.


Country communities say Abbott Government failing on rural mental health

06 Oct 2014

The Abbott Government's performance on rural mental health has been overwhelmingly condemned in a new survey of rural mental health workers, consumers and community activists.


Senate backs action on rural suicide, despite Nationals opposition

27 Aug 2014

The Senate has called on the Government to fund targeted suicide prevention measures in rural and regional areas, backing a motion by Australian Greens spokesperson on mental health Senator Penny Wright.

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