Mental health

Good mental health is important for everyone and while people living in country Australia are often characterised as being naturally resilient, like everyone they can experience tough times.

Mental Health worker
mental health

Accessing mental health services in rural and remote areas can often be very difficult, with people living in these areas being even more isolated in times of need. Through funding provided by governments and donors, the RFDS works to bridge this gap in access to mental health services.Through regular GP clinics, RFDS doctors provide ongoing mental health care. At the same time dedicated RFDS mental health professionals visit remote towns and properties to provide further treatment, support, as well as education aboutmental health issues for individuals and communities.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

QLD Social and Emotional Wellbeing

The RFDS is continuing to develop its social and emotional wellbeing, and mental health services, to assist in addressing the health needs of those in rural and remote areas.

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Mental Health in NSW/ACT

Our mental health team visit remote clinics, rural community events like fairs, and attend fly-around clinics. Factors including drought have seen patient referrals recently increase by as much as twenty percent. We see value in patient retention. Follow-up care is made possible by phone, text, Skype, email as well as face-to-face consultation.

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Mental Health in SA/NT

A Mental Health Outreach Program that enables clinicians to make regular visits to remote communities in Central Australia. Our team of Mental Health Clinicians conduct regular mental health consultations in communities surrounding Alice Springs and beyond in Central Australia.

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Lynne’s story: managing my mental health

"I always presented myself as being OK, when I really wasn't and was actually really struggling," says Lynne.

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Learn more about the services that the RFDS provides.