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 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.


Addressing the Hidden Toll of suicide in rural Australia

27 Aug 2014

Senator Wright's motion in support of implementing the findings of the Hidden Toll report, as also promised by the National Party in 2013.


Audit cuts to rural SA will have human cost

02 May 2014

Huge cuts to rural and regional services will have drastic mental health consequences if adopted by the Abbott Government, Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright has warned.


What travelling through country Australia taught me about mental health needs

24 Mar 2014

Senator Penny Wright reports back to Parliament on her year-long rural mental health roadtrip, to consult people living in country areas about how mental health services could be improved.


Penny Wright on Sky News mental health panel

25 Aug 2013

Senator Penny Wright with Ian Hickie, Patrick McGorry and Sky News's Peter Van Onselen talk about mental health and the lack of policy from the old parties so far in the 2013 election on Sky News Agenda.

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